The Asian Peace Enigma

Paris Peace Forum
15 min readMay 22, 2020

By Kishore Mahbubani [1]

Something strange is happening in Asia. The region that is experiencing the greatest power shifts, namely East Asia, is experiencing peace. The region that has been geopolitically dominated by the West, namely West Asia, is experiencing war and conflict. What explains this unusual pattern of war and peace? This essay will dive into the deeper historical forces that are leading to peace in the East…