The Singapore Conference @ CSIS


Bringing U.S. and Singaporean leaders together to explore the bilateral relationship.

Conference Photo Slideshow



The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies 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:

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

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


Panel 1 - New Directions: Singapore Politics and Foreign Policy
Keynote Speech by His Excellency K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Panel 2 - Strengthening the Trade Partnership: Recovery through Growth in the Asia-Pacific
Introductory comments by The Hon. S. Iswaran, 2nd Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore

Panel 3 - Luncheon:  Building Security Partnerships in Asia
Keynote Speech by Chee Wee Kiong, Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Panel 4 - Education, Competitiveness, and Growth
Introductory comments by His Excellency Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, Singapore

Panel 5 - Defining a 21st Century Strategic Partnership
Discussion with Peter Ho, Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures & Senior Fellow, Civil Service College, and The Hon. Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary for East Asian & Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State


CSIS would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors of The Singapore Conference @ CSIS: