The twenty-fourth semi-annual Munk Debate, held on May 9, 2019, pits former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs H. R. McMaster and director for Chinese strategy at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute think tank Michael Pillsbury against former President of the United Nations Security Council Kishore Mahbubani and president of one of China’s top independent think tanks, the Center for China Globalization, Huiyao Wang to debate the threat of China to the liberal international order.
About the Author
MICHAEL PILLSBURY is the Director of the Centre on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Hailed as a leading authority on China, Pillsbury is a key advisor to the U.S. government on relations with China. He holds a doctorate from Columbia University, has held senior roles at the U.N. and RAND Corporation, and is the author of The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.
KISHORE MAHBUBANI is Senior Advisor and Public Policy Professor at the National University of Singapore. As a senior diplomat for Singapore, he has held postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, the U.S., and at the U.N, where he served as President of the Security Council. Mahbubani has authored seven books, including Can Asians Think: Understanding the Divide Between East and West.
HUIYAO WANG is the founder and president of one of China’s leading independent think tanks, the Centre for China Globalization. He holds a Ph.D. in international business and management from Western University and the University of Manchester and was a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has published and edited extensively, and was named one of the most influential people in 2018 by Newsweek in China.