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The Dangers of Political Populism

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#03-01/05

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Populism is a global trend sweeping politics today. It is understood to have led to the shocking results of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the rise of other authoritarian politicians in Europe and Asia. Elections are becoming angrier affairs and we have witnessed backlash against immigration, free trade, establishment political parties and the mainstream media.

What is populism? Is it a new phenomenon? Should we be concerned and what can be done about it? What does this mean for Singapore and the region of Asia? Should Singaporeans be concerned? Join us for a talk & discussion if you're interested in these questions! There will be a short presentation by a guest speaker, Mr Wan Saiful, followed by extended time for dialogue and Q&A.

[About the guest speaker]

We are pleased to have Mr Wan Saiful, Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (www.ideas.org.my). He is also Director of the Southeast Asia Network for Development (www.seanetwork.asia) and Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty (www.istanbulnetwork.org).

Additionally, he is also a member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia; member of the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics, History and International Relations; a Governor at Rafflesia Education Group; and Chairman of IDEAS Academy, a not for profit learning centre for stateless and refugee children in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2015, he was appointed as a member of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing, following the Prime Minister’s announcement to set up the group.

He lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he served several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He is now a columnist for The Star (English) and Sin Chew Daily (Chinese), two national newspapers in Malaysia. His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist.​

[Who should attend?]
Anyone with an interest in politics and interested to understand this growing trend called "populism" happening in Europe, the USA and Asia. Everyone is welcome to attend, but post-secondary students will find this especially useful.

[Who are we?]
We are a part of a student movement in Singapore passionate about the intellectual tradition of classical liberalism. We believe that free and open societies enrich the lives of individuals and we aim to spread these ideas further. We are also affiliated with the International Students for Liberty (SFL) movement. Find out more here: https://www.studentsforliberty.org/about/

[Programme in brief]
- Arrival (4pm)
- Talk by Wan Saiful (430pm - 5pm)
- Interactive Session of Q&A (5pm - 530pm)
- Networking (530pm - 6pm)

[Other notes]
The location has been confirmed. It is at ACC Eduhub (51 Cuppage Road, #03-01), a 3 mins walk from Somerset MRT. If you are interested to find out more about this or would like to offer your help, please email us at bcheang@studentsforliberty.org

Image Credit: "The Nation Magazine"

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