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Thought Leader: Chan Heng Chee

Chan Heng Chee is a former ambassador of Singapore to the United States. Currently she is a professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.

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  • WHAT’S DISTINCT distinct

    We are facing a challenge of values, what's right and what is wrong. But deep down, there is a move to change, and maybe because of the information and communications technology revolution, the communications revolution, some values are shared, but also there is great resistance, because the values are spreading so fast.

  • CHALLENGES challenges

    We've gone back to global rivalries, great power rivalries, and what has emerged, which is very disturbing, is, in fact, inter-ethnic conflict and what I see also as a bit of a civilization conflict and clashes between the Muslim world and the Western world.

  • GLOBAL ETHICS ethics

    I would like to see a global ethic emerging and accepted by all the communities in the world on women. We have declared long ago that women are equal. We recognize the equality of women. But not many countries really practice that.

  • PEACE peace

    Because resources are scarce and finite, we will be running into a stage where countries may actually go to some conflict over scarce resources. I worry about the lack of water and whether there would be wars over water or conflict over water, if not a full-scale war.

  • LEADERSHIP leadership

    Moral leadership is leadership that embodies the values and promotes the values of justice, accountability, humaneness, and a sense of what is right and what is wrong in the policies that are implemented.

  • FUTURE future

    I would like to see greater equality in the world. This equality spreads through everything—men, women, poverty and wealth, also rich nations, poor nations, and how we deal with climate change and the allocation of resources as well.