Fareed Zakaria & Professor Tommy Koh – The Unfolding 21st Century

The world is changing at lightning speed, and there is a need to recognize and seize the opportunities it presents. In a post-America age, global leaders need to navigate emerging geo-political challenges, while individuals must prepare themselves for the uncertainties wrought by technological, economic and political transformations. Join us at Yale-NUS College for a dialogue between two great scholars, CNN Journalist Fareed Zakaria and Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Prof. Tommy Koh.

Q&A will follow the address


Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs programme — Fareed Zakaria GPS — a Washington Post columnist, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a New York Times bestselling author. As host of his CNN programme, Dr Zakaria has conducted interviews with numerous heads of government including Barack Obama, Narendra Modi, King Abdullah II, Hassan Rouhani, Moammar Gadhafi and David Cameron as well as countless other intellectuals, business leaders, politicians and journalists. His show won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011. As an author, Dr Zakaria has written several books including The Future of Freedom (Norton, 2003), The Post-American World (2008), and In Defense of a Liberal Education (Norton, 2015). His two most recent books have been The New York Times Best Seller list. Dr Zakaria received his BA from Yale College and a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.

Professor Tommy Koh is Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rector of Tembusu College, Special Adviser of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. In his distinguished career, Professor Koh has served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as Ambassador to the United States of America, as President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. He also served as chairman of the committee that drafted the founding ASEAN Charter. An active patron of the arts, Professor Koh has served as Chairman of the National Heritage Board and Founding Chairman of the National Arts Council. Professor Koh received a First Class Honours degree in Law from the National University of Singapore, has a Masters degree in Law from Harvard University, and a post-graduate Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University.

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