About the Book

When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, who listens? Presidents, prime ministers, chief executives, and all who care about 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 this succinct book, Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill, two leading strategic thinkers, extract 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. Drawing from extensive interviews with Lee as well as his writings and speeches, the authors distill Lee’s views on essential policy choices as the U.S. pivots toward Asia. More ›

The Authors

Graham Allison is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a former assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration. He was the founding dean of the modern Kennedy School. He is the author of Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe.

Robert D. Blackwill is Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as U.S. ambassador to India and as deputy national security adviser for strategic planning in the George W. Bush Administration. Previously he was a member of the Harvard faculty and a senior fellow at the Rand Corporation.

Ali Wyne is an associate of the Belfer Center and a contributing analyst at Wikistrat. In 2012, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Diplomatic Courier selected him as one of the 99 most influential foreign-policy professionals under 33.

Joe Biden and Lee Kuan Yew

Vice President Joe Biden meets Singapore visionary Lee Kuan Yew and asks him to sign Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill’s book, “Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World”. More from their meeting. More ›

Co-authors Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill discuss new book in a panel event moderated by Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School. More ›