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  • Heartware vs Hardware – Lets Start With The Children

    Aug 22, 2012 | Hits: 2792

    By Serene Koh At his annual National Day Dinner for residents in his Ang Mo Kio constituency, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged Singaporeans to strengthen their “heartware”—values such as mutual respect, care and compassion, meritocracy, and integrity—and to focus less on “hardware” such as new HDB flats and more train lines. He goes on to…..

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  • ‘Finlandisation’ of ASEAN?

    Aug 16, 2012 | Hits: 1025

    By Lee Yoong Yoong “Finlandisation” is the influence of a dominant country on the policies of its smaller neighbours. It entails a conscious decision by a smaller country to not confront its more powerful neighbour in foreign relations while maintaining national sovereignty. The term originates from Finland’s decision to not challenge the Soviet Union during the…..

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  • A Peek into our Future Debate

    Jul 29, 2012 | Hits: 1182

    By Donald Low “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.”…..

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  • IPS launches second online portal

    Jun 27, 2012 | Hits: 789

    Mr Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), introduces the institute’s second online portal, and speaks on the role which IPS plays in policy discussions and research. © Copyright 2012 National University of Singapore. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to reproduce this material for non-commercial purposes and please ensure you cite…..

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  • When in Singapore, act like a S’porean

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1509

    Integration is a two-way street: Citizens must welcome foreigners, but immigrants too must accept the Republic’s core values. Janadas Devan The Straits Times, 22 May 2012 AS EVENTS of the past week have revealed, the divisions between Singaporeans and foreigners, between so-called ‘old’ Singaporeans and ‘new’ Singaporeans, are deep and worrisome. We must take the…..

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  • Speech by IPS Director on Population Conundrum

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1147

    The Population Conundrum: Roundtable on Singapore’s Demographic Challenges OPENING REMARKS Janadas Devan, Director, Institute of Policy Studies Firstly, these are scenarios  – not predictions or even forecasts. We are not saying this is going to happen. We are saying, given certain assumptions, these are possibilities. If these scenarios give you pause – and judging from the glum faces…..

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  • Highlights of the 17th S’pore Economic Roundtable

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1027

    Background on the Singapore Economic Roundtable Started in 2003, the Singapore Economic Roundtable (SER) has successfully brought together a selected group of economists, academics, business leaders and policy-makers twice-yearly to discuss pertinent issues facing Singapore’s position in the global economy. The SER assesses current monetary and fiscal policy in the light of changing economic conditions…..

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  • Governing for an inclusive society

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1071

    By Rachel Hui and Danielle Hong Singapore, despite being developed, was one of the few places he believed “an upwardly mobile society” was possible, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Manpower Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. He states this case at a dialogue on “Governing for an inclusive society”, the closing session at the Singapore Perspectives Conference……

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  • The Population Conundrum: Roundtable on Singapore’s Demographic Challenges

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1064

    Summary Report The Roundtable discussion was organised by the Institute of Policy Studies in collaboration with the Civil Service College, and was focused on Singapore’s demographic challenges resulting from the declining fertility and mortality rates and issues related to replacement migration. The discussions centred on the potential implications of these demographic trends on Singapore’s society…..

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  • Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1416

    Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future by Derek da Cunha. Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future examines why the PAP was able to maintain its dominance despite the public’s unhappiness with a number of government policies, and the circumstances and context of the WP’s parliamentary gains. It also provides a prescriptive analysis of how the PAP as well…..

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