Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific*

Singapore, 24 May 2011 When I completed my HSC exams I was so traumatised by the experience that I chose a degree based on the least amount of exams I would ever have to sit again. This took me to … Continue reading

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The end of the Lee dynasty?

Singapore, 19 May 2011 In a joint statement last Friday, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong – Singapore’s first two prime ministers – announced they would resign and leave the cabinet to make way for … Continue reading

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A quick shout-out

Singapore, 17 May 2011   Last weekend I once again had the privilege of meeting with members of the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Parramatta. So first a disclaimer: no they did not offer me bribes to write them another complimentary … Continue reading

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Singapore’s False Spring

Singapore, 11 May 2011 Last Sunday I woke up even more confused than I usually do when I wake before 11am on a weekend. My local news channel was replaying the royal wedding at 9am in the morning, just six … Continue reading

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Singapore’s Election: Good Night and Good Morning

Singapore, 8 May 2011 “It’s time for healing and acceptance of the people’s decisions, not just for the PAP but for all Singaporeans. The political contest goes on in every country in one form or another but in Singapore we … Continue reading

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Singapore’s Election: Cooling-Off Day

Singapore, 6 May 2011 Today in Singapore is ‘Cooling-Off Day’ – which to my disappointment is not a day when the public pools are free access and the government hands out free snow cones during office lunch hours. Rather, it … Continue reading

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The Reverse Swing

Singapore, 3 May 2011 Last weekend I had a moment when I was completely humbled and honoured. It begun when Matthew Hill, fellow security wonk, visited me for last week’s Labour Day long weekend in Singapore. We were wandering along … Continue reading

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