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  • 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)

January 2019

ASEAN Connectivity and Sino-Japan Infrastructure Export Competition: Understanding the Challenges Facing ASEAN Regional Integration (forthcoming)

Publisher: NTU Press

Publisher: in Kikuchi, Tomoo and Masaya Sakuragawa, eds. China and Japan in the Global Economy. (Abingdon, the UK: Routledge, 2018)

Publisher: in Kikuchi, Tomoo and Masaya Sakuragawa, eds. China and Japan in the Global Economy. (Abingdon, the UK: Routledge, 2018)

Publisher: in Kikuchi, Tomoo and Masaya Sakuragawa, eds. China and Japan in the Global Economy. (Abingdon, the UK: Routledge, 2018)

  • 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.

  • Heng Chye Kiang, Yeo Su-Jan

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

Singapore is a modern and global island-state, internationally recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Since its Independence, Singapore's journey towards its present-day urban landscape has been characterised by the political will to tackle pressing priorities together with bold professional initiatives in land planning. This book examines the significant role that land planning plays in Singapore's physical transformation and economic development, while exploring future challenges in the light of demographic changes, technological advances and environmental pressures. These complexities will require more flexible and innovative land-use policies and strategies to shape Singapore in the next 50 years.

Publisher: IPS Exchange Series No. 12

Publisher: IPS Exchange Series No. 9

March 2018

ACI Ranks 13th out of 90 Think Tanks Worldwide in Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report

  • Asia Competitiveness Institute
ACI has been rated as one of the "Best University Affiliated Think Tanks" in the recently released 2015 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report. In January 2016, it was announced by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) that ACI has been ranked number 13 out of 90 think-tanks worldwide, as a recognition for its research relevance and policy impact. Background: "The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the 'think tanks’ think tank,' TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. The 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) marks the ninth year of continued efforts by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania to acknowledge the important contributions and emerging global trends of think tanks worldwide." To find out more about the TTCSP's Global Go-To Think Tank Index, please visit
  • CAI Jiao Tracy, YAP Xin Yi, Nursyahida AHMAD, Gareth TAN Guang Ming, Nurliyana YUSOFF, QIAN Yuwei & Nurul Ashikin ADJEMAN
ACI’s over-arching vision is to build up its research credibility with policy impact, contributing as a professional, world-class think-tank. The ACI Impact Report is created to evaluate our policy research efforts thus far. As a testament to ACI’s sustained effort and achievements, for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017, ACI was ranked 13th globally, 2nd in Asia and 1st in Singapore amongst 90 think-tanks world-wide under the “Best University Affiliated Think-Tank” category by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania ( ACI will continue to strive to push its achievement horizon by ensuring a combination of academic rigour and robustness that will produce significant policy impacts in the region.
  • TAN Khee Giap, Shinae BAEK, Nursyahida AHMAD & YAP Xin Yi
The 'ACI Research Projects: Summary Report' is intended to give a broad overview of the research projects undertaken by the Institute. As highlighted in the ACI Impact Report, besides research, the Institute engages in outreach and convening activities in order to expand our footprint of impact and bring home the necessary data in order to conduct the research. Nevertheless, this summary report hopes to give the reader interested in our research output an indication of the type of research ACI ultimately engages in.