Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew's Insights with Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill (May 6, 2013 Event)

Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, is known around the world as an innovative leader and respected scholar of global strategy. Lee has been a mentor to every Chinese leader from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, and a counselor to every U.S. president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. In their new book, Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill distill the essence of Lee Kuan Yew's visionary thinking about critical issues including the futures of China and the United States, U.S.-China relations, India, and globalization. At a National Committee on U.S.-China Relations program on May 6, 2013, the authors discussed their new book, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World, with National Committee President, Stephen Orlins.

Link to video (also available as a podcast)


If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, Robert Blackwill's intro and book excerpts from the 12-minute mark until the 24:15 mark are full of great wisdom from Lee Kuan Yew, including the leaders he most as admired, Charles de Gaulle, Deng Xiaoping, and Winston Churchill:
De Gaulle, because he had tremendous guts; Deng, because he changed China from a broken-backed state, which would have imploded like the Soviet Union, into what it is today; and Churchill, because any other person would have given up.
As well as how he'd like to be remembered:
I do not wish to be remembered as a statesman. First of all, I do not classify myself as a statesman. I put myself down as determined, consistent, and persistent. I set out to do something, and I keep on chasing it until it succeeds. That is all. Anyone who thinks he is a statesman needs to see a psychiatrist.