The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) will hold its annual flagship Singapore Perspectives (SP) conference on 26 January 2015. The first in a series of events by IPS to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence, the theme of SP2015 is “Choices” where we consider what roots us to this nation and defines us as a people.
Although the defining features of what it means to be Singaporean may be amorphous, one thing is certain: we may have become Singaporeans by accident 50 years ago, but we remain Singaporeans today by choice. In particular, we will consider the key choices we have made in three arenas — politics, economy and society — over the last 50 years.
Our speakers, drawn from among Singapore’s public intellectuals, will contemplate: the choices our founding leaders and pioneer generation had to make in order to overcome the obstacles that a newly independent nation-state faced; what would have been our fate if they had made different choices; and whether the choices they made are still relevant today.
As in the past, Singapore Perspectives provides a platform for close to 800 leaders in their fields and interested members of the public to look at the dynamic challenges that Singapore will face in the coming years. We hope that by building bridges between different individuals, we can promote an exchange of views and encourage the emergence of better solutions to policy challenges.
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• Singapore Perspectives 2015: Findings from the IPS Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s History
• Singapore Perspectives 2015: Speech by Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan
• Singapore Perspectives 2015: Presentation by Professor Evelyn Goh
• Singapore Perspectives 2015: Presentation by Professor Tan Kong Yam
• Opening Remarks by Mr Janadas Devan, Director, IPS
• PANEL I: Sovereignty
• PANEL II: Global City
• DEBATE: Pragmatism
• PANEL III: Inter-Generational Ministerial Dialogue
• Video on IPS Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s History, Part I
• Video on IPS Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s History, Part II
• Popspoken. 2015. The Case of The Globalised Youth: Why Looking Back Is Important For The Future. 1 Feburary
• Channel NewsAsia. 2015. Point of view: To stay relevant, Singapore has to be extraordinarily successful. 27 January
• 联合早报. 2015. 巡回大使比拉哈里： 外交政策辩论若成为政党工具如同“玩火”. 1月27日
• 联合早报. 2015. 张志贤：更多人参与讨论最终须有结果 选民需明智接受决定使国家进步. 1月27日
• My Paper. 2015. Why S’pore needs to be an extraordinary success. 27 January
• The Straits Times. 2015. IPS forum panel: Why Singapore needs to be ‘an extraordinary success’. 27 January
• The Straits Times. 2015. Pioneers package Part 2? ‘It’ll depend on next generation’. 27 January
• The Straits Times. 2015. S’pore and KL discussed possibility of forming. 27 January
• The Straits Times. 2015. Time to shift from being global city to a unique regional one?. 27 January
• The Straits Times. 2015. Wanted: Set of ideals and values to unite Singapore. 27 January
• TODAY. 2015. For S’pore, being extraordinary is a strategic imperative: Veteran diplomat. 27 January
• TODAY. 2015. Political diversity ‘a strength’, but society should seek consensus. 27 January
• Channel NewsAsia. 2015. Small states must aim to remain relevant: Ambassador-at-Large. 26 January
• Channel NewsAsia. 2015. Government has been adjusting policies because society has changed: DPM Teo. 26 January