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Gearing Up for a Multi-Polar World

Roundtable  -  Dr Adel A. Al-Wugayan, Mr Hau Do Suan, Hon. Ike Chinwo

In this session of the ETHOS Roundtable, three eminent participants from Singapore's 3rd Leaders in Governance Programme reflect on the evolving challenges facing public sectors as global economic and political balances shift in the post-Crisis world.

Serving Beyond the Predictable

Article  -  Jocelyne Bourgon

The public sector needs a unifying framework to reconcile the efficiency gains of the past with the participative, explorative and adaptive strategies needed to address tomorrow's complex challenges, argues Jocelyne Bourgon, President of Public Governance International and President Emeritus of the Canada School of Public Service.

Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Article  -  Tan Yong Soon

Singapore should continue to invest in sustainable development to ensure dynamic growth and a liveable environment for the future, argues the Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources.

Using the Tax System to Create New Resources Out of Thin Air

Opinion  -  Robert H. Frank

Cornell Professor of Economics Robert Frank believes a progressive consumption tax could cut down wasteful competitive spending without compromising public resources.

Singapore: The Apple of Nations

Roundtable  -  A Conversation with Peter Schwartz

The ETHOS Roundtable brings together thought leaders and practitioners to discuss key issues of interest to the public service. In this session, renowned futurist and Global Business Network cofounder Peter Schwartz discusses Singapore's prospects as a young city-state in a future where talent and innovation will determine success.

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.

Thinking through Complexity, Managing for Uncertainty

Article  -  Lam Chuan Leong

Our thinking is less rational than we'd like to believe, but can we learn to outsmart our own cognitive biases?

Opinion: Is China Catching Up with the US?

Opinion  -  Kenneth Lieberthal

While China has emerged as a key player in global affairs, significant challenges to its ongoing development should not be underestimated, argues Professor Kenneth Lieberthal of the Brookings Institution.

Scientific Thinking and Public Policy: Review of Clark Glymour's Galilieo in Pittsburgh

Review  -  Aaron Maniam

A leading philosopher and statistician applies discipline and wit to the most pressing issues of our time.