Voting in a time of coronavirus: Discretion, the better part of valor


Academic Views

Chong Ja Ian, Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, discusses the risks—from both public health and other perspectives—of holding a General Election when COVID-19 remains at large. Without a doubt, Singapore is in an extraordinary situation. It faces an ongoing pandemic, as does much of the world. Beyond disease control, there will be the challenges of responding […]

March 21, 2020

Countering the coronavirus: Transparency, capacity and community matter more than regime type


Academic Views

Chong Ja Ian, Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, discusses claims that authoritarian political systems are better able to handle the COVID-19 crisis than are more open ones. Currently making mainstream and social media rounds are claims that authoritarian systems or places with supposed “Confucian values” are better than more open political systems at handling public […]

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 — It’s the economy


Academic Views

Linda Lim, Professor Emerita at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, considers some of the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Singapore and the world. The ongoing rout on global stock markets is driven by uncertainty about the path that COVID-19 will take.  There is fear that even if its health consequences turn […]

March 15, 2020