25 Feb '18, 1pm

[Mothership] US-based S’pore scholar expects tough year ahead for S’pore as Asean chair https://t.co/Kwl9xF5cT1

There are high expectations as Singapore represents the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as its Chair in 2018. After all, Singapore as one of the five founding members of Asean, is pretty well-off economically (highest GDP per capital and the fifth largest economy in Asean), and has a relatively stable polity (*touch wood*). With these assets, Singapore looks like one of those countries that is able to spearhead and coordinate foreign issues better. So, can Singapore help Asean punch above its weight in its international relations? Singapore as Asean Chair 2018 Singapore last chaired Asean in 2007. As Asean Chair in 2018, its tagline is to be “resilient and innovative”. In other words, Singapore wants Asean to be “united in the face of growing uncertainties in the global strategic landscape”. Singapore also desires for Asean to “be adaptable and forward looki...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/02/singapore-asean-chair/

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