The Singapore Conference @ CSIS

  • Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012
  • The CSIS Southeast Asia program was pleased to host The Singapore Conference @ CSIS on February 8, 2012, featuring a select and high level group of experts and senior policy officials at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The conference brought together several ministers from Singapore’s new cabinet and other Singaporean and U.S. officials, thought leaders, business executives, and journalists to discuss a range of issues from the political changes taking place in Singapore to cooperation between our countries on regional and global priorities. The Singapore Conference @ CSIS focused on five key themes:

    1. Assessing Singapore’s politics and foreign policy
    2. Strengthening trade partnerships and constructing a framework for growth in the Asia-Pacific
    3. Bolstering security cooperation in Asia
    4. Educational partnerships and preparing students for the 21st Century economy
    5. Defining a strategic cooperation for the 21st century

    The conference was organized at a vital moment for both the United States and Singapore. The center of gravity for American foreign policy, national security, and economic interests are being realigned and shifting towards Asia. The United States is thinking more strategically about the Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia in particular. Singapore has been a vital partner of the United States with extensive linkages from trade and investment, sustainable environmental policy, to security and political ties. American officials, business leaders, and civil society leaders, and the new Singaporean leadership value the opportunity to discuss these issues, and the conference was designed to meet that need. We would like to thank everyone who joined us for providing insights and input to enrich this important and timely discussion.

    Please note that all of the keynote speeches were on the record, and transcripts and videos are available. However, the panel discussions that followed adhered to Chatham House Rules. 





    Registration of Participants


    Welcoming Remarks

    Ernest Bower
    Senior Adviser & Director for Southeast Asia, CSIS

    Her Excellency Chan Heng Chee
    Ambassador, Embassy of Singapore



    New Directions: Singapore Politics and Foreign Policy

    Ernest Bower Senior
    Adviser & Director for Southeast Asia



    Keynote Speech and Q&A

    His Excellency K. Shanmugam
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore



    Panel Discussion and Q&A

    His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri
    Singapore Ambassador to Indonesia

    The Hon. J. Stapleton Roy 
    Former US Ambassador to Singapore & Director of Kissinger Institute for Chinese-U.S. studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center

    Janadas Devan
    Director of Institute of Policy Studies

    Stanley Roth
    Vice-President, International Government Relations, Boeing



    Strengthening the Trade Partnership: Recovery through Growth in the Asia-Pacific

    The Hon. Carla Hills
    CEO, Hills and Co



    Introductory Comments and Q&A

    The Hon. S. Iswaran
    2nd Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore



    Panel Discussion and Q&A

    The Hon. Charlene Barshefsky
    Chair, International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    Ng How Yue
    Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore

    Barbara Weisel
    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

    Ong Ye Kung
    Deputy Secretary-General, National Trade Union Congress, Singapore

    Karan Bhatia
    Vice President and Senior Counsel, International Law and Policy, General Electric

    Jeffrey J. Schott
    Senior Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics



    Luncheon:  Building Security Partnerships in Asia

    Michael Green
    Japan Chair & Senior Adviser, CSIS and Associate Professor, Georgetown University



    Keynote Speech and Q&A:

    Chee Wee Kiong
    Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore



    Panel Discussion and Q&A

    The Hon. Richard Armitage
    Former Deputy Secretary of State

    Major-General (NS) Ng Chee Khern 
    Director of the Security and Intelligence Division (SID), Singapore

    Admiral Dennis Blair
    Former Director of National Intelligence and former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command

    Brigadier General Gary Ang
    Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Defence, Singapore

    Ambassador Barry Desker
    Dean of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University



    Education, Competitiveness, and Growth

    The Hon. David Adelman
    U.S. Ambassador to Singapore



    Introductory Comments and Q&A

    His Excellency Heng Swee Keat
    Minister for Education, Singapore



    Panel Discussion and Q&A

    Joanne Weiss
    Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Education

    Linda Darling-Hammond 
    Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

    Tan Ching Yee 
    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Singapore

    Jessica Kehayes
    Director of Education and Chief of Staff, Education Department, Asia Society



    Defining a 21st Century Strategic Partnership

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

    Peter Ho
    Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures & Senior Fellow, Civil Service College

    The Hon. Kurt M. Campbell
    Assistant Secretary for East Asian & Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

    Discussion and Q & A



    Closing Remarks and Reception




    CSIS would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors of

    The Singapore Conference @ CSIS:






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