Global Affairs Speakers Series

  • Sincere Preference by Default: An Alternative T...

    22 November 2017 (Wed) , 12:00PM-1:30PM
    At Saga Private Dining Room

    What explains support in polls for single-party regimes? The dominant theoretical explanation for this phenomenon is preference falsification, in which survey respondents insincerely express support for the party due to fear. In this paper, we provide an alternative theory that does not assume insincerity. We theorize that a party label in singl...

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  • Contemporary Dynamics in India-China Relations

    14 November 2017 (Tue) , 6:30PM-8:00PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    India-China relations are undergoing a period of stress, most recently evident in the military standoff on the border with Bhutan. As both nations develop and China seeks a larger role in the world, her relations with India—whose own definition of interests is expanding—will also change, and affect the wider region. Mr. Menon will discuss these...

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: Callshop Ist...

    13 November 2017 (Mon) , 6:00PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    An understated documentary that highlights the role of Istanbul, and Turkey more broadly, as a transit point sitting at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Focusing largely on the transnational conversations that occur inside the phone booths of callshops in Istanbul, the feature documentary captures the aspirations and dreams and frustr...

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: After Spring

    9 November 2017 (Thu) , 6:00pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    An in-depth look into the day-to-day life in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Built to be a temporary refuge until the civil war was over, Zaatari is now in its sixth year. This documentary film shows two refugee families in transition and the aid workers fighting to keep the camp running....

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  • Rethinking Nuclear Strategy and Statecraft

    6 November 2017 (Mon) , 6:00pm-7:30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    What role do nuclear weapons play in U.S. grand strategy and statecraft? Given recent events in East Asia, it is hard to imagine a more important, timely, and contested issue. Strategy concerns difficult choices taken by governments and individuals facing radical uncertainty. Yet, according to the most prominent interpretation in nuclear studies...

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  • Strategic Foresight: A (Uniquely) Singapore Story

    19 October 2017 (Thu) , 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    Singapore has never enjoyed the luxury of not planning for the future. Our acute awareness of our vulnerability as an accidental nation with few natural resources makes planning a deep part of our national DNA. But we also understand that we cannot predict the future – and therefore, cannot always perfectly plan for it. That doesn’t mean we bury...

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  • De-Mystifying ‘Sectarianism’, Understanding Sec...

    7 September 2017 (Thu) , 6.15pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Few subjects are more commonly discussed yet as woefully under-studied as Middle Eastern ‘sectarianism’. Politicians, journalists, analysts and academics obsess over ‘sectarianism’ without first attempting to formulate a coherent definition of the term. Unsurprisingly this definitional incoherence has often led to analytic incoherence. In this p...

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  • Global Governance in a Post-Liberal World

    29 August 2017 (Tue) , 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    With relative power of states shifting from the West to the East and South, the US-led liberal order is challenged. What are the key analytical frameworks to capture the dynamic processes of cooperation under power transition? Prof. Prantl argues the ongoing changes transform global governance as we know it. There is growing recourse to alternat...

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  • Debt-Financed Migration in Singapore’s Domestic...

    1 March 2017 (Wed) , 6.00pm - 7.30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre

    Debt-Financed Migration in Singapore’s Domestic Work Industry Debt-financed migration in South-East Asia is often criticised as a model that yokes migrant domestic workers to employers with onerous salary deductions. However, more recent conceptualisations of debt-financed migration have recognised how debt can both enable and constrain migrato...

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  • The ‘Other Globalization’ : The Legitimacy of I...

    18 January 2017 (Wed) , 6.00pm – 8.00pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    The ‘Other Globalization’ : The Legitimacy of Internationalization in Asia  With the UK vote to exit the European Union, the rise of populist and isolationist politicians in the U.S. and elsewhere, and a contraction in global trade, many are asking whether globalization has peaked. Just as western countries are appearing to close their border...

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