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New Year’s Party – 2017 Outlook
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What will 2017 bring for the governments, businesses, and citizens of South-east Asia? We held our New Year's Party on Tuesday 7 Feb, focusing on what lies ahead for the region in the Year of the Rooster, featuring views from Mr Manu Bhaskaran, Founding Director...

SIIA ranked among leading think tanks for fifth year running
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The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has been ranked among the top Asian think tanks for the fifth year running. The 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme rates some 7000 think tanks...

Why developing nations are the unlikely leaders of green finance
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On 10 Jan 2017, the Singapore Management University (SMU), United Nations Environment (UNEP), and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) jointly organised a public event on ‘Singapore, Green Finance and the Collaborative Challenge’. In addition to our own summary of the session, the event...

We’re all just trying to make sense of the middle
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was interviewed on his latest collection of short stories, 'Middle & First'. This interview originally appeared in The Straits Times on 25 Dec 2016, and was republished by Star2, the lifestyle channel of The Star, on 23 Jan 2017. In this excerpt,...

“Hate Spin”: Dr. Cherian George
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On 17 Jan 2017, we held an evening talk with Dr. Cherian George on his latest book, Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy. The session was part of our Global Citizens Singapore series, looking beyond traditional politics and economics...

On the Record – Simon Tay, Author
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was interviewed by 938LIVE's Bharati Jagdish on his work and his latest book, "Middle & First". The interview was aired on Friday 13 Jan. The full audio is available on SoundCloud and a brief video clip was posted by 938LIVE on Facebook....

Is Singapore at risk of becoming a rentier society?
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David Pilling, Africa editor at the Financial Times, was quoted in an editorial by Lee Su Shyan for The Straits Times on 11 Jan 2017. Mr. Pilling's comments were made at a Future50 dialogue organised by the SIIA in conjunction with SG50. The editorial in...

Singapore, Green Finance and the Collaborative Challenge
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The Singapore Management University (SMU), United Nations Environment (UNEP), and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) jointly organised a public event on ‘Singapore, Green Finance and the Collaborative Challenge’, on 10 Jan 2017. The session was attended by some 120 participants. This event was...