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  1. Ethics and Leadership in Foreign Policy: The Case of Singapore

    Author/s:
    Jimmy Lim
    Year:
    2016
    Abstract:

    This case study discusses moral dilemmas that statesmen face in international affairs. It does so by considering Singapore’s approach towards global issues that can only be alleviated through the collective effort of international society. By examining Singapore’s foreign policy towards issues such as rights violation, extreme poverty and climate change, this study raises two questions for discussion. How should we understand the tension between global justice and national interest? What are the grounds for states to contribute more towards global justice? Two sets of ideas will be surveyed to help the reader arrive at some conclusions on the above two questions. One set is located within International Relations (IR) theory, involving views from the realist, liberal and constructivist schools. The other is located within international political theory, where we consider the tension between the sovereignty of the state and the rights of the individual. The theoretical nature of the discussion will be balanced by the world of practice, through key events and speeches in Singapore’s foreign policy history.

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  2. The Development of Singapore’s Intellectual Property Rights Regime

    Author/s:
    ASHISH LALL, ALISHA GIL and ZSUZSANNA VARI-KOVACS
    Year:
    2014
    Publication:
    The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – Microsoft Case Study Series on IT, Public Policy and Society
    Abstract:

    In 1984, United States Senator Patrick J. Leahy, member of the Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks, described Singapore as “the piracy capital of the world”. In less than three decades, however, Singapore’s intellectual property rights regime is consistently recognised as one of the best in the world by international surveys.

    This case study describes the development of Singapore’s intellectual property rights regime after independence and separation from Malaysia in 1965.  It first provides a brief background on the development of international laws and conventions on intellectual property (IP) and the arguments for and against IP protection as stated by developed and developing countries. It then describes the economic development of Singapore, the evolution of the intellectual property rights regime here, and provides an overview of the institutions established for the civil and criminal enforcement of IP rights.

    This is the first paper for the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – Microsoft Case Study Series on IT, Public Policy and Society.

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  3. Lessons in Regional Economic Cooperation: The Case of the Greater Mekong Subregion

    Author/s:
    TERESITA CRUZ-DEL ROSARIO
    Year:
    2010
    Abstract:

    This case study is about regional economic cooperation in the formation and development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) which was initiated in 1992. Since then, there has been remarkable economic growth enjoyed by its member countries, namely, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). While providing useful lessons in regional economic cooperation within a politically difficult environment for mutual benefit, the case also highlights the remaining challenges to regional cooperation in the area of poverty reduction. The economic performance of the partner countries remains uneven and Laos and Cambodia lag behind China and Vietnam. Also, there are continuing problems with Myanmar’s participation in the regional program, based mostly on internal factors over which the other countries have little control.

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