Singapore’s Challenges in Asia Go Beyond Hosting High-Stakes Diplomacy

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers his opening address during the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore, April 28, 2018, (AP photo by Yong Teck Lim).
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers his opening address during the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore, April 28, 2018, (AP photo by Yong Teck Lim).

The announcement last week that Singapore will be the site of the summit on June 12 between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—just a week after it will host the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s premier security forum—once again put the city-state in the international spotlight. But within its own region of Southeast Asia, Singapore already faced a year of heightened attention and expectations. It holds the annual rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations amid a series of domestic, regional and global challenges, and has recently become a more vocal defender of the […]

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