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July 2018

Can Singapore Fall? Making the Future for Singapore

  • Lim Siong Guan

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.

Lim Siong Guan, Singapore's former Head of Civil Service (1999–2005) was the Institute of Policy Studies' 4th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains edited versions of the three IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between September and November 2017, and highlights of his dialogue with the audience.

Lim addresses the question, "Can Singapore Fall?", by examining the state of Singapore today and proposing what Singapore and Singaporeans must do in order to prevent economic and social decline. Taking inspiration from Sir John Glubb's essay, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, Lim urges Singaporeans to counter decline by observing the "three legs of honour": Trust, Diversity, and Excellence. These include becoming a gracious society and building up a culture of innovation, excellence and outwardness.

Lim also reminds us that cultural change takes a generational effort to effect; for change to happen, Singaporeans must thus act with urgency and act now for the well-being of future generations.

The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. The S R Nathan Fellow delivers a series of lectures during their term to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest.

About the Moderators

Lecture I:
The Accidental Nation
Question-and-Answer Session
Moderator: Tan Tai Yong

Lecture II:
The Fourth Generation
Question-and-Answer Session
Moderator: Kuik Shiao-yin

Lecture III:
The Way of Hope
Question-and-Answer Session
Moderator: Gillian Koh

111 pages
ISBN 978-981-3238-07-7
ISBN 978-981-3238-62-6 (pbk)

August 2017

The Challenges of Governance in a Complex World

  • Peter Ho

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.

Peter Ho, former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2016/17 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.

This book collects the four IPS-Nathan Lectures that he delivered between April and May 2017, and gathers highlights of his dialogues with the audience.

Ho surveys the increasingly complex world, and suggests what governments can do to prepare for the future — even as no one can predict it. He uses metaphors such as the "black elephant" and concepts like the "dialectic of governance" to explain how a systematic approach to thinking about the future can help countries in general — and Singapore in particular — build resilience and develop a comparative advantage in the face of uncertainty and rapid change.

The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. Its primary goal is to promote public understanding and discourse of issues of critical national interest.

About the Moderators

Lecture 1:
Hunting Black Swans & Taming Black Elephants: Governance in a Complex World

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Debra Soon

Lecture 2:
Governing in the Anthropocene: Risk & Resilience, Imagination & Innovation

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Moderator: Chan Heng Chee

Lecture 3:
The Paradox of Singapore and the Dialectic of Governance

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Chng Kai Fong

Lecture 4:
The Future: Governance, Unintended Consequences, and the Redemption of Hope

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Chua Mui Hoong


ISBN 978-981-3231-82-5
ISBN 978-981-3233-74-4 (pbk)

  • Carol Soon
    Gillian Koh

Publisher: World Scientific

Set within the context of growing political pluralism and the increasing use of new communication technologies for social mobilisation, the Institute of Policy Studies organised a national conference on civil society in November 2013. This collection of the essays that were presented at or inspired by the conference provides nuanced analyses of the development of the sector in Singapore since the Institute's first such conference held in 1998. The first section of the book discusses the different philosophies and approaches that underpin how civic activists engage with the State; the second section examines some key forces of change that are re-shaping the sector; and, the third section sets out some emerging issues facing it. Combining insights from experts and civic activists themselves, this book proposes an agenda for the future development of the civil society in Singapore.



SECTION ONE: Philosophies and Approaches

Chapter 1:
Civil Society in Singapore: Ideals and Idealism

by Kwok Kian-Woon

Chapter 2:
Three Lessons for Engagement in Environmental Activism in Singapore

by Faizah Jamal

Chapter 3:
Quiet Riot for New Possibilities

by Alvin Tan

SECTION TWO: Change Agents

Chapter 4:
Impact of Political Trends on Civil Society

by Walter Woon

Chapter 5:
Civil Society and Technology: Whither the Change?

by Carol Soon

Chapter 6:
Role of Civil Society Organisations in Facilitating Migrant Integration

by Mathew Mathews and Zhang Jiayi

SECTION THREE: The Future of Civil Society

Chapter 7:
Singapore’s “Many Helping Hands”

by Ang Bee Lian

Chapter 8:
Building a Vibrant and Diverse Civil Society – Limitations and Possibilities

by Corinna Lim, Michelle Ng and Chang Cheng Mun

Chapter 9:
The Future of Ethnic-Based Civil Society in Singapore

by Sharon Siddique

Chapter 10:
Civic Education and Deliberative Democracy in Singapore

by Kenneth Paul Tan

Chapter 11:
The Future of Youth Activism in Singapore

by Tong Yee and Tay Ek Kiat

Chapter 12:
Growing Civil Society in Singapore: The Future Legislative Landscape

by Kevin YL Tant

About the Contributors

293 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78634-246-1 (hardcover)

  • Ignatius Low

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

Singapore is one of the premier financial centres in the world. It is one of the biggest markets for the trading of foreign exchange and financial derivatives, and home to hundreds of global financial institutions, from banks and insurers to oil traders and hedge fund managers. This book traces the development of Singapore’s financial sector from its early supporting role in a thriving British colonial trading outpost to its rapid expansion after the nation’s Independence in 1965. It is the story of how policymakers here managed to maintain a reputation for regulation and supervision of a high standard, and yet take risks to innovate boldly and seize global opportunities when they arose.

  • Asad Latif

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

Singapore is simultaneously praised for its extraordinary safety and criticised for its draconian laws. This primer seeks to explain Singapore's achievements in creating a law-abiding society by making public peace and well-being as well as security of life, limb and property a centrepiece of the good life. To that end, tough laws exist against crimes such as murder, narcotics, corruption, commercial crime and cybercrime. This book also examines the role played by the prison system, internal security laws and border security in the state's overall approach to preserving a peaceful and secure nation.

  • Wilson Wong

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

The term “flora and fauna” refers to the plants and animals found in a particular region. Singapore’s primeval vegetation has changed vastly over the past 200 years due to a range of human activities. Yet, Singapore is rich in plant and animal life – as found in the various terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. This book introduces some of the interesting and notable native plants and animals, in addition to highlighting the physical characteristics of each ecosystem and revealing the challenges that plants and animals need to overcome in order to survive. Readers will also get to know what Singapore has done to conserve its unique and precious natural heritage.