Pushing back against China’s assertiveness

Even as China and India scramble to cool things down after the deadly clash on their disputed border earlier this month, questions are being...

An unusual summit in unstable times

By any yardstick the 36th Asean Summit convened on Friday by Vietnam, the chair for 2020, was an unusual one. The opening ceremony consisted...

Japan’s fight against Covid-19 hinges on old ‘system of irresponsibility’

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared the end of the Covid-19 state of emergency last month, he could not resist adding: "Without enforcing...

Why did Kim Jong Un’s sister become the face of North Korea?

Ms Kim Yo Jong, the only sister of North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un, is now setting the tone of the country's foreign...

Global Affairs: Eternal Russia, Vulnerable Russia

The people of Russia are going to the polls this week not to elect a new leader - President Vladimir Putin's current mandate runs...

Singapore’s debt to retiring political leaders

Even amid a destabilising medical and economic crisis, one enduring feature of Singapore politics is evident in the run-up to the general election. This...

Coronavirus rips a hole in newspapers’ business models

First came the coronavirus pandemic. Then the earthquake. It has been a harsh spring for the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. Just a week after Covid-19...

Why Americans are having an emotional reaction to masks

While Americans still have not adopted mask-wearing as a general norm, they are wearing masks more than ever before. Mask-wearing is mandated in California,...

Coronavirus pandemic highlights need to move offices closer to homes

Most Singaporeans have never spent so much time in their homes as they have in the past two months, when everyone hunkered down to...

Covid-19: Deciding if a country is ready for further easing

The second phase of the Great Singapore Reopening started last Friday, with Singapore joining a raft of countries worldwide that are easing their Covid-19...

When bosses shared their profits

After the bruising crises we're now going through, it would be wonderful if the United States could somehow emerge a fairer nation. One possibility...

US Grand Strategy, R.I.P.

It is, in retrospect, easy to describe the American post-war foreign policy grand strategy.It was in essence a twin anti-hegemon strategy - no dominant...

S’pore leads new approach to digital trade

On June 12, with the fitting stroke of their e-signatures in an online-only signing ceremony, the trade ministers for Singapore, New Zealand and Chile...

QS university rankings: Quite subjective?

Singaporeans are keenly interested in education, and fixated on ranking and assessment schemes of all sorts. Little wonder then that the recent release of...

GE2020: Voting for the Singapore I want

The best voting advice I've ever received came from a friend who told me to vote not just for the government I want but...

Voters must cast their ballots to ensure the best candidate wins

The pandemic has been a trial for democracies worldwide.In well-running ones, it has been a test of self-restraint as people have been told to...

Covid-19 crisis fatigue: ‘We forgot about Dorscon orange’

"Lots of people chiong (rushed out) like ghosts when the hell gates opened," said a Straits Times Facebook reader of the crowds seen since...

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