Tom Benner

Tom Benner is an American freelance writer and editor based in Singapore. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera English, Nikkei Asian Review, Global Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Atlantic, the Straits Times, Today, Mainichi Weekly, and Japan Today. His work can be found at
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Is US Leadership on the Wane?

Amid a rising China, the big questions coming into this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue surrounded the Trump administration’s intentions in the Asia Pacific. The lobby of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore — with its high ceilings, marble interior, massive columns and crystal chandeliers — pulsed on the evening of June 2 with anticipation and excitement. People were well-dressed,... Continue Reading

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The Phenomenon of Donald Trump Will Live On

The causes that have put Donald Trump so close to the White House must be addressed. I am not worried about Donald Trump winning the US presidential election on November 8. He won’t, the experts keep telling us. And right-thinking people all over the world want to hear that. But I do worry that Donald Trump, the phenomenon, is bigger than Donald Trump, the candidate. And that his impact... Continue Reading

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Singapore's Road to Multiculturalism

What lessons can multicultural Singapore offer America in light of the latter’s ongoing racial and religious tensions? Raw feelings over race and religion dominate the American political season. The talk is of walls and deportations to keep some out, "extreme vetting" for immigrants of a certain faith, and a debate over whose lives matter that is playing out in mindless violence on the... Continue Reading

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