In this second half of our interview with Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, he talks to Kaiser about the perils of American exceptionalism, the poverty of strategic thinking in Washington, and the view of U.S.-China competition from the rest of the world. His latest book, Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy, is a bracing read, unsparing in its criticisms of Chinese and American strategic blunders, and its tough-love approach is sure to rankle.
8:52: Comparing Chinese realities to American ideals
15:31: How the outcome of the U.S.-China geopolitical contest will be decided
24:49: Strategic thinking regarding the South China Sea
37:57: America’s relationships with its allies
Kishore: Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, by Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley.
Kaiser: A new podcast series by Patrick Radden Keefe, called Wind of Change.