Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

September 27, 2016

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...

Indonesian Tycoons Find Tax Haven in Singapore

February 03, 2016

Indonesia must craft a long-term policy to clamp down on tax evasion. As the largest Southeast Asian country with abundant natural resources, Indonesia still encounters difficulties in strengthening its economic base. Even though it started to show signs of recovery following the reformation era...

Singapore’s Demographic Time Bomb is Ticking

November 12, 2015

Singapore is aging fast and it will need to rethink its attitude toward the welfare state. Celebrating its 50th year of independence last August, Singapore is Southeast Asia’s second youngest nation. It is ironic, then, that its people are the oldest in the region. According to a...

Singapore’s Smart City: Securing it From Emerging Cyber Threats

October 26, 2015

How should Singapore and other smart cities deal with the increasing risk of cyber threats?  Fifty years after its establishment, Singapore is a smart city-state success story at the forefront of a third industrial revolution. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly interconnects...

The Singapore Story Has Lessons

September 28, 2015

Fifty years after independence, one of the smallest but wealthiest nations has again reached a crucial moment in time. A mixture of a land and sea creature, the Merlion is a strange icon for a former colony to adopt. The Merlion, which was developed by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964, today...

The Path of an Exemplary Leader

March 29, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew was a pragmatic realist who favored logical problem solving over idealism. Singapore is his monument. The founding father of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, aged 91, exactly 50 years after he led the island nation to independence in 1965, left a nation as his...

The World This Week: Yes, It’s Complicated

March 27, 2015

Conflict in Yemen complicates negotiations between the US and Iran. The conflict in Yemen escalated this week. Shiite Houthi rebels seized Aden airport and tightened their grip on the southern port town. They already control Sana’a, the capital city, and large parts of the country. President...

Chinese Lessons: Singapore’s Epic Regression to the Mean

December 03, 2014

China might continue growing faster than 6% per annum, but it's not a bad thing either if the country fails to keep that pace. Across all recorded history, 99% of humanity has never invented a single thing. Yet, it is a truth universally acknowledged that long-run sustained progress in economic...

Ensuring Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Singapore

October 11, 2014

Despite Singapore's meteoric rise into a developed state, it has failed to guarantee equality for domestic workers. There are approximately 215,000 migrant domestic workers from Southeast Asia and South Asia in Singapore. These women who cook, clean and take on caregiver roles are among the...

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian...

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