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China Engages Asia: The Soft Notion of China's "Soft Power"

Article  -  Shaun Breslin

A leading scholar argues for a more nuanced understanding of China's emerging geopolitical influence.

Five Reasons Korea is the Future

Article  -  Lee Chor Pharn

South Korea is ahead of the curve in technology, design, and the market. Could it also be a leading architect of Asia’s future development path?

Rethinking Recovery: Possible Discontinuities and Domestic Implications

Article  -  Valerie Yuen, Godwin Tang

Analysts from the Strategic Policy Office consider how the global economy might evolve in the next decade.

China's Clean Energy Thrust

Article  -  Andy Eng, Augustine Chong

Why China wants to become a clean energy powerhouse — and what it means for the global economy.

Positioning Singapore in a New Asia

Article  -  Andrew Tan

With the resurgence of Asian economies led by India and China, Singapore's economic prospects have never been better.

The End of the World (Economy) as We Know It

Article  -  Wee Shu Lin, Lee Chor Pharn, Adeline Aw

“…After this crisis, the world is not going to be the same again. This is not just another cyclical downturn and recovery. The world’s economy is undergoing a structural shift.” — Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament, 27 May 2009

The Future of Global Trading Regimes: Three Scenarios

Article  -  Yap Zhi Jia, Lee Chor Pharn

As former export-led trading relationships decline, the interplay between the Chinese and US economies could shape the course of global trade in the coming decade. How should Singapore respond?

Risk and Resilience in a Changing World

Article  -  David Skilling

A structured approach to managing risk and building resilience is a significant competitive advantage in a more volatile world.

Governance at the Leading Edge: Black Swans, Wild Cards, and Wicked Problems

Article  -  Peter Ho

At the 2008 Strategic Perspectives Conference, Head of Civil Service Peter Ho traced the evolution of contemporary public sector practice. He concludes that while the Public Service has successfully adopted best practices from the private sector and elsewhere in the past, these are not enough to ensure good governance as we move into an unpredictable and complex future. In the following excerpt, he highlights the nature of the challenges ahead and argues that Singapore must develop its own new brand of governance in order to manage these critical uncertainties and generate original solutions to the wicked problems of our time.

The Future of Tripartism in Singapore: Concertation or Dissonance?

Article  -  Soh Tze Min

Singapore’s tripartite model of labour relations has underpinned three decades of success, but it must now contend with destabilising forces in the modern globalised economy.