Private Dialogue Session with Tony Blair |

Private Dialogue Session with Tony Blair

On 16 August 2013, the LKY School hosted former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at its Bukit Timah Campus, in a private dialogue with 250 faculty and students.

Prof. Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of LKYSPP, opened the session by asking Mr Blair for his take on the current state of world affairs in view of the apparent economic recovery in Europe and the US; his thoughts on the inroads made in normalising Israel-Palestine relations by US Secretary of State John Kerry; and his personal political role models today.

Over the span of an hour, Mr Blair fielded the students’ questions on healthcare policy reform during his time in office, the formulation and impact of immigration policies in the UK and alternative scenarios for developing countries like Myanmar.

In response to questions on the growing power of China in ASEAN and the potential for conflict, Mr Blair said that China’s impending power was inevitable and that countries in ASEAN will continue to build their own alliances — some with China and others with the United States.

In conclusion, Mr Blair shared that “issues today have to do with right versus wrong, not right versus left”, and that the “hardest thing for a country to do is to figure out where they fit in the world.”


Mr Tony Blair, former UK prime minister

Friday, 16 August 2013
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
NUS Bukit Timah Campus,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

This is a closed dialogue session event for LKY School Staff and Students only.

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