ASEAN at court in Sunnylands

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, while Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev look on during the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 22 November 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

At the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, in November, President Obama reached out to elevate the United States–ASEAN relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’ and invited ASEAN Leaders to a summit that, it’s now been announced, will take place at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on 15–16 February. This is a bold initiative of possible geopolitical consequence. Read more…

Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore on 20 March 2013. Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister Lee Kuan Yew died in March 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Michael D. Barr, Flinders University

Singapore’s ruling party, the People’s Action Party (PAP), enters 2016 enjoying the comfort of a magnificent electoral victory in the 2015 general elections. In that election — the first since the death of patriarch Lee Kuan Yew — the PAP won almost 70 per cent of the popular vote. Read more…

Singapore’s shifting social landscape

A young Singapore resident watches on during a military parade marking 50 years since independence at the Padang, Singapore on 9 August 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Terence Chong, ISEAS

Last year was a year of retrospection and affirmation for Singapore. Marking the country’s 50th year of independence, 2015 saw a year-long series of state-sponsored events and projects to celebrate the nation’s achievements. Read more…

Hazy days strain Singapore–Indonesia relations

A resident fishes by the river in Palangkaraya city, one of worst-hit by haze in central Kalimantan province, on 21 October 2015. Indonesian forest and agricultural fires have cloaked Southeast Asia in acrid haze, but a certain obscurity also hangs over the political and economic horizon as well. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Barry Desker, RSIS

The haze which has enveloped Singapore since June 2015 highlights the significance of its bilateral relationship with Indonesia. Just as Singaporeans cannot escape the devastating health impact of ‘slash-and-burn’ deforestation in Sumatra, emerging trends in Indonesia will have an impact on Singapore. Read more…

Defusing Singapore’s demographic time bomb

An elderly woman listens to a speech by Chee Soon Juan (not in picture), secretary-general of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), at Chua Chu Kang stadium during a rally ahead of Singapore's September 11 election, on September 3, 2015. Campaigning for Singapore's September 11 election began September 1, with a resurgent opposition seeking a greater political role as voters chafe at immigration and high living costs.  AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Author: Tan Teck Boon, RSIS

According to United Nations World Population Prospects 2015, Singapore will become a super-aged society by 2026. By then, one in five people in the country (or 1.25 million) will be aged 65 or above. The median age will exceed 44.9, up from just 18.1 in 1965. When Singapore gained independence in 1965, just 2.65 per cent of the population (or 49,757) were aged 65 or above. Read more…

PAP’s win silences its critics

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong celebrates after the results of the general election are announced, 11 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Netina Tan, McMaster University

In the 2015 election, Singaporeans strongly endorsed the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and gave Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a strong mandate to lead for the next five years. Despite the online dissent and the large crowds that thronged the opposition rallies, the PAP won a handsome 70.1 per cent of the popular vote. Read more…

Singapore’s PAP wins over the youth and secures its future

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Author: Michael D. Barr, Flinders University

One of the lingering questions of Singapore politics over the last couple of decades has been how to measure the effectiveness the National Education program introduced to schools in the second half of the 1990s. The program was designed to instil into the next generation a deep sense of gratitude to founding father Lee Kuan Yew and the People’s Action Party (PAP) government that he led for 30 years. Read more…