Singapore’s impotent immigration policy

A foreign construction worker from Bangladesh walks past the city hall construction site with the Singapore skyline in the background in Singapore. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Michael D. Barr, Flinders University

It appears counter-intuitive to suggest that a cosmopolitan hub like Singapore might have a problem with xenophobia.

Yet xenophobia has emerged as a major political concern in the city-state. Read more…

Arctic newcomers: Japan, South Korea and Singapore

A boat skims through the melting Arctic ice in the Ilulissat fjord, on the western coast of Greenland on 28 August, 2008. Japan, South Korea and Singapore were made Permanent Observers at the Arctic Council in May 2013. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Aki Tonami, Copenhagen University

Japan, South Korea and Singapore are deepening their Arctic engagement. Along with China and India they were accepted as Permanent Observers at the Arctic Council in May 2013. Although becoming an observer does not dramatically change their status as non-Arctic coastal states in international fora, there are signs that these three countries have started to engage with the Arctic more seriously. Read more…

Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew waves to journalists after visiting Indonesian former president Suharto in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, 13 January 2008 (Photo: AAP).

Author: Geoff Wade, Canberra

At a time not too far distant, Lee Kuan Yew, the font of all authority, legitimacy, orthodoxy and indeed fear in Singapore for over 50 years will no longer be with us. It is thus perhaps appropriate to begin discussing what the absence of Lee Kuan Yew will mean for the Singaporean republic. Read more…

Singapore: niche diplomacy through water expertise

A light and water spectacular titled Wonder Full, which features lasers and video projected onto a giant water screen, at the Marina Bay Sands Promenade event plaza, Singapore. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Mely Caballero-Anthony and P. K. Hangzo, RSIS

Through strategic planning and investment in research and technology, strong political will, and effective governance, Singapore has emerged from water insecurity to become a global hydrohub.

It has built a robust and diversified range of water sources and has successfully addressed its water challenges in the process. Read more…

Singapore in 2012: balancing growth with domestic imperatives

High-rise buildings and skyscrapers in the Singapore city centre and its outskirts (Photo:AAP).

Authors: Mukul G. Asher and Chang Yee Kwan, NUS

Singapore has continued to skilfully pursue a business location strategy in 2012, the key requirements of which include keeping the share of wages in the national income below the share accruing to capital, and tapping into new commercial opportunities and economic partners.

Predictably, the external sector’s contribution to growth has been, and will continue to be, dominant. Read more…

Singapore in 2011: the emergence of quality-of-life concerns

A rickshaw driver cycles near the business district in Singapore on 12 January 2012. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Mukul Asher, NUS

With the end of 2011, Singapore’s policy makers have ample reason to be satisfied with their economic management, and the results of the long-prevailing business location growth model.

Singapore’s macroeconomic indicators, excepting the inflation rate, exhibited encouraging trends in 2011. Read more…

European twilight, Asian sunrise

Shoppers ride on escalators in a mall Monday Aug. 15, 2011 in Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned Singaporeans in his national day rally speech that economic problems in the U.S. and Europe pose a serious risk to world growth which could lead to another recession. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Razeen Sally, ECIPE

The last economic era, roughly from 1980 to 2008, was the most successful combination of globalisation, growth and prosperity in history.

The West benefited, but, more importantly, this was when ‘the Rest’ came on board: ‘underdeveloped countries’ cast off post-colonial isolation and embraced the world economy. Read more…

Singapore’s growing role in Asian food security

People queuing for free food given out by the Singapore Buddhist Lodge in Singapore. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Yang Razali Kassim, RSIS

Singapore is seeking to ensure its food security through research and development in urban agribusiness.

Singapore’s approach to food security is set to undergo a fundamental rethink — from being a passive food-importer to a more active contributor to the regional and global food system. Read more…

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The lessons of Singapore’s presidential election

Supporters cheer at a stadium in Singapore after presidential candidate Tony Tan won the presidential election early on August 28, 2011. Tan, a veteran politician and banker, was declared the winner of Singapore's presidential election on August 28 after a recount gave him a razor-thin margin that exposed a sharply split electorate. (Photo: AAP)

Author: K Kesavapany, ISEAS

The results of Singapore’s 27 August Presidential Election were a cliff-hanger.

In the four-way contest, the government’s preferred candidate, former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan, won 35.2 per cent of the valid votes after a recount. Read more…

Singapore’s presidential election: The battle continues

Oresidential candidate Tony Tan greeting supporters during a lunchtime rally in Singapore AAP

Author: K Kesavapany, ISEAS

As Singaporeans go to the polls today to elect a new president, it is worth remembering there used to be a comfortable myth perpetuated about Singaporeans — this myth held them to be an apolitical people, conditioned by greed and fear to vote the People’s Action Party (PAP) into power, election after boring election.

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