Commentary: What Singaporeans may hope for from PM Lawrence Wong
Governance of a City-State
Commentary: What Singaporeans may hope for from PM Lawrence Wong

May 15, 2024, the date Singapore’s fourth prime minister took over the reins of government, will be one for the history books. But what will this mean for Singaporeans? Perhaps nothing momentous, since Singapore’s calling card to the world has been political stability. In fact, our political leadership probably hopes that this handover is as […]

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Both the US and China have fallen short in their quest to win over SE Asia
Governance of a City-State
Both the US and China have fallen short in their quest to win over SE Asia

Which country has greater influence in South-east Asia – China or the US? The answer to the question is not as straightforward as the question suggests. If we are to rely on surveys, the answer can hinge on the choice of participants and also the nature of influence we are talking about. Influence is also […]

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The US-China tech ‘war’ in perspective
Governance of a City-State
The US-China tech ‘war’ in perspective

A wise man once said that countries have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.  This wisdom will help to explain the four historical phases of US-China relations. From 1949 to 1972, the two countries were enemies.  They had no diplomatic relations.  Their armed forces clashed in Korea during the Korean War.  […]

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14th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series: Lecture II “Mega Maritime Movements: Adjustments in Orbit” by Mr Tan Chong Meng
Governance of a City-State
14th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series: Lecture II “Mega Maritime Movements: Adjustments in Orbit” by Mr Tan Chong Meng

Singapore has emerged consistently as a top International Maritime Centre, according to the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index, despite huge industry shifts since the advent of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). As the shipping industry continues to evolve, Mr Tan Chong Meng used the metaphor of a spacecraft landing in a particular orbit […]

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14th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series: Lecture I “Global Trade: Attempting Escape Velocity” by Mr Tan Chong Meng
Governance of a City-State
14th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series: Lecture I “Global Trade: Attempting Escape Velocity” by Mr Tan Chong Meng

Amid recent disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical tensions, there has been a growing interest in supply chain management. In the first of three lectures at the Institute of Policy Studies’ (IPS) 14th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series on “Exploring Global Trade and Singapore’s Place as a World Connector”, Mr Tan Chong Meng, former Group CEO […]

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Commentary: In discussing Israel-Hamas conflict in Singapore, upholding social harmony is key
Governance of a City-State
Commentary: In discussing Israel-Hamas conflict in Singapore, upholding social harmony is key

Concerns have sparked regarding what schools in Singapore are teaching students about the Israel-Hamas conflict. Some have expressed gripes on social media that stem particularly from the Ministry of Education’s supposed stance of neutrality. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing on Feb 26 pointed out that lessons related to the conflict are designed primarily to help […]

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Commentary: To raise fertility rates, Singapore needs to make parenthood seem less like the ultimate sacrifice
Governance of a City-State
Commentary: To raise fertility rates, Singapore needs to make parenthood seem less like the ultimate sacrifice

SINGAPORE: Sometimes I find myself wishing I was raising my kids in an earlier era. No, this is not a sop to simpler times gone by – with more gendered social scripts and much greater poverty. But, I wonder if there are ideas from the past we can revive and combine with our modern nous, […]

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Commentary: Don’t underestimate casual racism at Singapore workplaces
Managing Diversities
Commentary: Don’t underestimate casual racism at Singapore workplaces

SINGAPORE: Diversity is both our heritage and strength in multicultural Singapore. Yet, while we pride ourselves on our ability to foster harmony amid adversity, instances of discrimination and racial insensitivity are bound to surface. Earlier this month, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam delivered a statement in parliament in relation to the late Sergeant […]

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Why nations go to war: Huntington revisited
Governance of a City-State
Why nations go to war: Huntington revisited

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Cold War was over. The end of the era gave birth to two famous books in America: The End Of History by political scientist Francis Fukuyama in 1992 and The Clash Of Civilizations And The Remaking […]

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Commentary: Size of cost-of-living relief in Budget 2024 suggests long-term focus on economic resilience
Governance of a City-State
Commentary: Size of cost-of-living relief in Budget 2024 suggests long-term focus on economic resilience

SINGAPORE: Rising costs of transportation, utilities and other expenses have placed considerable financial burdens on Singaporeans. Further enhancements to the Assurance Package were recently announced in Budget 2024, which will go towards helping Singaporeans with cost-of-living concerns and prevailing economic uncertainties, especially for low- and middle-income households. Augmenting near-term financial relief, the SkillsFuture top-up and […]

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14th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series: Lecture III: “Sustainable and Resilient Trade: The Next Frontier?” by Mr Tan Chong Meng

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