Singapore and a Changing Asia: Lessons from a “Smart City, Smart State” for a Dynamic Region

When: Oct 27 2017 - 12:30pm until Oct 27 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Singapore and a Changing Asia: Lessons from a “Smart City, Smart State” for a Dynamic Region

An Asia Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Dr. Kent E. Calder
Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and Director for Asia Programs,
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Cover of Singapore: Smart City, Smart State. Image: Amazon

Dr. Kent Calder will discuss the Singapore model of domestic and foreign policy, which has attracted both broad acclaim and occasional skepticism around the world. Singapore consistently ranks at the top in world surveys measuring competitiveness, ease of doing business, protection of intellectual property, and absence of corruption. It has dealt successfully with education, energy, environmental, housing, and transportation challenges. It is managing to maintain positive relations with all the major powers, including the US and China. But there are caveats: the city-state comes in at only "partly free" in the Freedom House democracy rankings and, like many other developed nations, faces growing income inequality. This seminar will consider both past policies and future prospects, in the volatile environment now emerging in the South China Sea and wider region.

Friday, October 27
12:30 P.M. – 2:00 PM
A light luncheon will be served.

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East-West Center in Washington
1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
This event is free and open to the public.

This event will be live broadcast. Copies of Dr. Calder’s recent book Singapore: Smart City, Smart State will be available for purchase.

Dr. Kent E. Calder is Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies in Washington, DC. He also currently serves as Director for Asia Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in the fall of 2014. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, he taught for twenty years at Princeton University, and previous acted as a Visiting Professor at Seoul National University and Lecturer in Government at Harvard University. Dr. Calder has also served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996), and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations (1979-1980). He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer. A specialist in the political economy of East Asia, Dr. Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan, and four years elsewhere in the region. Some of his major publications include: Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (Stanford University Press, 2017); Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (Brookings Institution Press, 2016); Asia in Washington: Exploring the Penumbra of Transnational Power (Brookings Institution Press, 2014); and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale University Press, 2013).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755