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How fear, luck and golf brought Asean together

17 Mar 2017

Imagine Singapore in December. The north-east monsoon is approaching. Heavy rains are coming. Someone has gifted you a strong umbrella. The rational thing to do would be to preserve and protect this umbrella. The irrational thing to do would be to poke holes in this umbrella.

Yet, many Singaporeans today are doing this irrational thing. They have been gifted a wonderful geopolitical umbrella. It is called Asean.

Instead of strengthening it, they are poking holes in it. And they are poking holes just as new geopolitical storms are coming to our region, in the form of enhanced US-China rivalry.


Kishore Mahbubani is the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is the co-author with Jeffery Sng of The Asean Miracle: A Catalyst For Peace. This article was first published on The Straits Times on 18th March 2017.

Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani

Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore