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Crisis-proof Governance

Roundtable  -  Solomon Molebatsi Sekwakwa, Sabir Said Al-Harbi, Sa Bali Abas

The Ethos Roundtable brings together thought leaders and practitioners to discuss key issues of interest to the public service. In this session, three eminent participants in Singapore’s second Leaders in Governance Programme reflect on the impact of the economic crisis on their home countries, and their strategies for recovery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesia in the Financial Crisis: Advent and Aftermath

Interview  -  Premarani Somasundram

Interview with Adam Schwarz

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.

What's Past is Prologue: Kissinger on China

Review  -  Leong Ming Wei

Described by the New York Times as “shrewd” and “fascinating”, On China is a tour de force account by a renowned former US Secretary of State of how China’s long history has shaped its global perspective as well as foreign policy.

Asia After the Crisis: What Now, What's Next? — Interview with Timothy F. Geithner

Interview  -  Donald Low

Timothy F. Geithner, President and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, discusses monetary and fiscal policy in the region a decade after the Asian Financial Crisis.