In addition to publishing thoughtful policy pieces, the Singapore Policy Journal also organizes several initiatives throughout the year.
Since 2015, we have partnered with the Singapore and Southeast Asia Forum (SSEAF, formerly the Stakeholders and Changemakers Panel Series) to host distinguished commentators on local and regional issues at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). More recently, we have organized several webinars that addressed the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic consequences, explored issues pertaining to data privacy, and engaged the outgoing Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) from the 14th Parliament in dialogue.
Our past speakers span government, civil society and academia, including Bilahari Kausikan, Kishore Mahbubani, Kenneth Paul Tan, Ong Keng Yong, Thum Ping Tjin, Linda Lim, Joshua Ip, Donald Low, Anthea Ong, Kanwaljit Soin, Chua Beng Huat, Sudhir Vadaketh, Kirsten Han, Walter Theseira, and Eugene Tan.
We also host smaller discussion sessions for Singaporeans in the Greater Boston Area as well to discuss key issues of the day, with our most recent sessions covering topics as diverse as fake news, mental health, technology policy, and effective governance, among others. We hope to make some of these sessions accessible to university students based in Singapore as well.
Finally, we organized a reading group focusing on digital technology during the Spring 2021 semester. During its four sessions, graduate and undergraduate students from various universities in the US and Singapore gathered to discuss and take policy deep-dives with various experts in the field, working towards the goal of creating a written piece. We look forward to continuing this initiative in the upcoming academic year.