Thoughts : International Development

The World Bank, the IMF and the Anti-Globalization Movement: Written to coincide with the 2006 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Singapore, this chronicles my changing views on Globalization and the IFIs like the World Bank. (2006) [Blogged here]

Book Review of James Scott’s “Seeing Like a State”: An upper-level University book review I wrote for an International Development Studies class. James Scott’s book is one of my favorite books related to Development, yet so relevant to understanding this modern world and why top-down utopian planning more often than not fails. (2005)

Country Policy Brief on Singapore: An upper-level University essay I wrote for an International Development Studies class which compares the view of a middle-class Singaporean on Singapore’s development to that of a government official, concluding with my own view. (2005)

Singapore’s Role in International Development: Two letters to The Straits Times are produced here. First is my letter published on the 29th of October, 2004. I write here about being impressed by Canada’s role in International Development and of my hope that Singapore would do more for its Asean neighbors. The second letter is the reply from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the 9th of November, explaining Singapore’s role in International Development.

Book Review of William Easterly’s “The Elusive Quest for Growth”: An upper-level University book review I wrote for an International Development Studies class. Easterly’s book is one of the most well-known Development Economics book to be written in recent years and also one of my favorite! It surveys 50 years of development planning and how all that has not resulted in much growth for developing countries. (2004)

The Motives of the “Anti-Globalization” Activists: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 22nd of November, 2002, touching upon the motives of the so-called “Anti-Globalization” movement’s demonstrators.

The Lesser of Two Evils or a Third Humane Alternative: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 30th of June, 2002, defending anti-sweatshop activism.

Reflections on the “Anti-Globalization” Movement: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 18th of January, 2002, responding to an article critical of the so-called “Anti-Globalization” movement.