01 January 2020
A new year and the start of a new decade are upon us and experts will no doubt be busy trying to predict the challenges that lie ahead. Besides the economic slowdown, homeland security deserves attention because peace and prosperity are two sides of the same coin.
Prediction, however, is fraught with uncertainties and unknowns. The words of Jedi Master Yoda come to mind: “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”
I believe that a retrospection of the past decade can enlighten us better on the megatrends that shape the present and will influence external and internal events which may affect Singapore in 2020 and beyond. These megatrends straddle the realms of public order, cyberspace, geopolitics and terrorism.
…Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman is a Research Fellow with the Centre of Excellence for National Security, a unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. He previously worked in the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Singapore Police Force and the National Security Coordination Secretariat.
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Last updated on 02/01/2020