Singapore Perspectives 2017 "What If?"


The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) will hold its annual flagship Singapore Perspectives (SP) conference on 23 January 2017. The theme of SP2017 is “What If?” and it will consider alternative scenarios of Singapore in the year 2065.

Singapore has experienced remarkable progress in the first 50 years of its independence. SP2017 will invite speakers and participants to re-examine Singapore’s key governing institutions, systems and values as we think of its future over the next 50 years. It will be an occasion to assess Singapore’s governance fundamentals in the context of possible internal and external change. We hope SP2017 will contribute to the on-going national discussion of what Singaporeans should continue to commit themselves to and what they might adapt or abandon.

The “What If” questions that speakers will address are:

  • What if the nation-state is no longer the key organising unit of the world?
  • What if globalisation fails?
  • What if Singapore has to choose between China and the United States?
  • What if non-economic indicators become the measure of a country’s progress?
  • What if Singapore fails to become a creative and innovative nation?
  • What if Singapore fails to sustain itself as a vibrant, cosmopolitan “global city”?
  • What if we ignore race and religion?
  • What if we cease to accept immigrants?
  • What if the family is no longer the fundamental building block of society?
  • What if Singapore becomes a two or multi-party system?

The conference aims to attract some 850 participants from the public and private sectors, academics, as well as civic and student leaders. It will be open to full media coverage.

Please click here to view the Programme.


Video Highlights:

Additional Information:

  • Photos from the conference are on Flickr. Please credit the Institute of Policy Studies when publishing the photos.
  •  Conference updates on Twitter @IPS_sg

Media Coverage of Singapore Perspectives 2017


IPS is grateful to the following organisations for their generous support of Singapore Perspectives 2017:


For enquiries, please contact Ms Yap Wei Ting at tel: 6516-8382 or email: 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Fairmont Ballroom, Raffles City Convention Centre