IPS Update Issue Jun-Jul 2013

Viewing Our Future with a “New Lens”: Shell Global Scenarios 2013

The world is in an era of transition, both politically and economically, following the Global Financial Crisis. The Scenarios considers two possible scenarios for the future: one driven by the state planners and another driven by the people. Shell International’s Chief Political Analyst Dr Cho-Oon Khong shares his findings with the panel and audience. Read the report here.

The Shell Future Energy Survey study finds out what issues matter most to the public across 7 countries in 2013, with a particular focus on energy. Read the report on Singapore here.


IPS Seminar: Corrosive Speech: What Can Be Done

Singapore has seen numerous recent cases of racial and religious tensions among citizens and with foreigners alike. The seminar focuses on corrosive speech, which has the tendency to exacerbate existing tensions and erode social relations in a heterogeneous society. What is the nature of such speech in public discourse and can a broad-based approach be used in conjunction with existing policies? […]


Leong Chan Hoong: Singaporeans can afford a dose of magnanimity

Many of the social benefits in Singapore are disbursed according to strict regulations and aim to be exclusive. Yet, welfare in Singapore comes across as being overly parsimonious in nature. Can Singapore afford to be a little more generous to those on the margins? […]

Tommy Koh: China and India: Hindi, Chini bhai bhai?

New Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, visited India on his very first official trip abroad. Sino-Indian relations have historically been important to both countries, but how will a rising China and a rising India cope with each other? There remains tremendous scope for mutual investment, but certain political sensitivities have to first be salved. […]

Tommy Koh: The transboundary haze and the international law

What irked its ASEAN neighbours most about the recent haze was Indonesia’s ineffectiveness in reducing the number of hotspots. What legal recourse was available to these countries? How can a country exert its influence without compromising trade obligations? […]

Jerrold Hong: The evolution of foreign talent in Singapore’s lexicon

Effective government-citizen dialogue requires three ingredients – authenticity, egalitarianism and informed participation. As Singapore transits to a more inclusive model of distributed problem solving, how can the quality of policy criticisms and suggestions be improved? What is lacking and how can public information be better communicated and disseminated? […]