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07 Jan Asia copes with transitions

In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, two key buzzwords that conveyed the essence of the recovery strategy were “unconventional monetary policy” and “the new normal”. The developed world would pump up credit and lower interest rates to try to resuscitate failing companies and...

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28 Dec A year in the world

I probably travelled too much this year. I went to New York, Europe, and as far away as South America, and to most of the capitals of Asia. There are limits to what telephone and video calls can do. Information is plentiful today but insight requires...

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23 Sep The haze: What governments must do – and what they can’t

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Environment Ministers meet this week in Jakarta to discuss the haze, there are reasons to doubt governments will address key issues decisively. Cynics point out that the number of hot spots has again been growing in Sumatra. While...

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03 Sep Can S’pore capitalise on Myanmar’s opening?

Myanmar’s political opening has caught the world’s attention, and many countries are rushing to what has been called Asia’s last frontier market. Punishing sanctions by the European Union have been lifted, while Washington DC has suspended its measures. Seized by the economic potential of the...

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27 Aug It is not just about economics

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent National Day Rally speech was a bold statement of the Singapore Government’s commitment to address key concerns of its citizens while charting a path to continued success for the country as a player on the global stage. While short on...

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09 Aug Seizing the Singapore Dream

For generations, people around the world aspired to emulate the "American Dream". This fundamental ethos connotes freedom, equal opportunity and upward mobility. As the post-Cold War world became a geopolitical marketplace, however, others have begun to articulate their own visions for the future. Soon after the...

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28 Jun Crossing Borders: Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking

Over the past decade, human trafficking has become a growing concern in South-East Asia. It has been estimated that 200-400,000 men, women and children from the region are trafficked annually and exploited as forced or bonded labour in factories, streets and brothels. As governments in...

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28 Jun More plantations, more haze to come?

In the wake of record levels of haze, environment ministers from Malaysia and Singapore will be meeting their Indonesian counterpart as soon as July 17 for the Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC). This follows the apology graciously given by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and — more importantly...

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27 Jun International Involvement Hub (I2Hub) Official Launch

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS) and Temasek Foundation (TF) officially launched the International Involvement Hub (I2Hub) on Thursday, 27 June 2013, at the Atrium@Orchard, with Mr Goh Chok Tong, Emeritus Senior Minister, gracing the...

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26 Jun Making a Difference Roundtable

This roundtable jointly organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Temasek Foundation, Singapore International Foundation and Singapore Red Cross aims to discuss our role in the region, and how we can best contribute to communities and causes beyond Singapore. What can we as individuals...

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