U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar delivered a talk on the recent State of the Union address by outgoing President Barack Obama as well as an assessment of contemporary U.S.-Singapore relations as the inaugural event in the new U.S. Embassy – Global Affairs Speakers Series at Yale-NUS College. This series aims to bring influential thinkers and leaders of US policy to Singapore and the Yale-NUS College campus. Speakers will address issues on a wide range of topics relating to U.S. interests such as race, security, business development and U.S. foreign policy. Members of the public and students from around Singapore will be welcome to hear from prominent leaders in the U.S. government as well as the private sector and audiences will gain insight into issues of import for how global affairs are conducted in the contemporary era.