With more violent hurricanes and scorching heat waves advancing, can we really get our act together and do something about climate change? We talked to Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Peace Prize winner as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and a Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member.
The US trade war against China is putting the global economy and world order to the test. Which side has more to lose? We ask Kishore Mahbubani, former president of the United Nations Security Council.
Sophie Shevardnadze: Mr. Mahbubani, it’s really great to have you in our show. Welcome. So lots to talk about. We’re going to start with your book. You believe that the Western global domination is over. Your latest book that we have displayed here is actually titled “Has the West lost it? A provocation”. I have a couple of questions regarding the title right away - why has the West “lost” it? To who has it lost it? And what has it lost - the knowledge, the understanding of the global processes, or the economic might and domination?
Kishore Mahbubani: Well, the answer to the question whether the West has lost it is “no” or “not yet” because I fear that the West which has been in many way the most successful civilization ever in human history, accumulating so much power, wealth and ideas that have transformed the world is now sadly on the way of losing its place. And that’s a result of many strategic mistakes that the West made, especially at the end of the Cold War when after the defeat of the Soviet Union without firing a shot they said: “We have arrived, we don’t need to change, we don’t have to adapt.” And the mistake they made was that the West went asleep at precisely the moment when China and India were waking up. And the reason why China and India were waking up is that from year one to the year 1820 for eighteen hundred of the last two thousand years the two largest economies of the world were always those of China and India.