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Singapore Junior Scholar Seminar: 30 April 2022

‘It is Dangerous to Talk Like Americans’: The Rise of a Singaporean Exceptionalism Inadvertently Modelled on American Right Traditions Soh Wee Yang, PhD Student (Anthropology), University of Chicago Saturday, 30 April 2022, 10-11am Singapore time (GMT +8), via Zoom This presentation critically and empirically examines how the social category of “American” is imagined within contemporary […]

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Democracy, Singapore-Style? Biden’s Summit spotlights questions of how to categorize regimes

Putting aside the Summit’s controversial invitation list, how do experts characterize Singapore’s political system? AcademiaSG editor and political scientist Chong Ja Ian surveys more rigorous measures that are widely used. Singapore’s recent non-invite to the US-organized Summit for Democracy has created some discussion about the country’s regime type and status, including some debate over the […]

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First CHS, now CDE and New College: A tale of three top-down decisions

Peter Ooi and Melody Madhavan, alumni of Yale-NUS College, consider several proposed mergers in faculties and programmes at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and raise concerns about the lack of stakeholder consultation prior to their announcement. In many policy areas, decision-makers in Singapore are increasingly cognisant that making decisions the right way is just […]

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Liberal arts, university autonomy and expectations of activism: Yale–NUS in context

Meredith L. Weiss argues that while Yale-NUS College has had some success in creating a more open and tolerant campus culture, attempts to preserve this have to be viewed in historical context. Over the decades, students’ engagement in wider society has been suppressed and deprioritised. State controls on student activism and university autonomy have worked […]

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Muslim extremism after two decades of the ‘Global War on Terror’

Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, an independent researcher who writes on religious reform, multiculturalism and interreligious relations, considers the effect of the US ‘Global War on Terror’ on Muslim extremism. The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on America, a global superpower, radically changed the world. Two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World […]