News in Focus

News in Focus is a short e-bulletin summarising relevant media reports on recent events that have possible lessons and implications for Singapore. This bulletin is sent to our key partners via email. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please write to us at

ISSUE 03/2022

  • Moving Forward to Live with COVID-19
  • Everyone has a Part to Play for Singapore's National Defence
  • PM Lee Hsien Loong's Views on the Russia-Ukraine War
  • The "Five Fragilities" of the World and How Countries Can Navigate Through Them

ISSUE 02/2022

  • The Situation in Ukraine & Its Implications for Singapore
  • MINDEF's Committee of Supply (COS) Debate 2022
  • Total Defence as a Whole-of-Society Response
  • Singapore's Budget 2022

ISSUE 01/2022

  • Enhancing Cooperation between Singapore and Indonesia
  • Fostering Greater Trust and Connectivity Between China And Singapore
  • The Rise and Fall of Great Cities: Lessons for Singapore

ISSUE 11/2021

  • Tribalism and Identity Politics in Singapore
  • Navigating Big-Power Rivalry: Singapore's Take
  • Strengthening Regional Cooperation In Asia Pacific
  • Findings from the TODAY Youth Survey 2021

ISSUE 10/2021

  • Update on the COVID-19 Situation in Singapore
  • FPDA Nations Mark 50 Years of Defence Cooperation
  • SAF Resumes Exercise Wallaby in Australia
  • Singapore Passes Law To Counter Foreign Interference

ISSUE 9/2021

  • Singapore’s Fight Against Terror
  • Advancing SG-China Bilateral Relations
  • AUKUS: Trilateral Security Partnership
  • Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill
  • Exercise Forging Sabre 2021

ISSUE 8/2021

  • National Day Message and Rally 2021
  • Advancing SG-US Bilateral Relations
  • Singapore and US-China Relations
  • The Taliban's Return to Afghanistan
  • Malaysia's 9th Prime Minister: Ismail Sabri Yaakob

ISSUE 7/2021

  • COVID-19: Moving Towards an Endemic State
  • Strengthening our Defences Amidst COVID-19
  • Commitment to Strengthening Racial Harmony
  • Remaining Open and Staying Connected

ISSUE 6/2021

  • Building Racial Understanding
  • Living Normally with COVID-19
  • Foreign Relations and Ties
  • ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM-Plus
  • Air Force Detachments in the US

ISSUE 5/2021

  • Our Continued Fight Against COVID-19
  • Extending Help to our Neighbours-in-Need
  • ASEAN Centrality amidst the Myanmar Crisis
  • Conflict between Israel and Palestine

ISSUE 4/2021

  • Suez Canal Blockage
  • Strengthening Ties with our Partners
  • Muslim Nurses and Wearing the Tudung at Work

ISSUE 3/2021

  • Strengthening our Defences
  • Safeguarding Communities
  • Singapore and the World: International Relations in the Post-COVID World

ISSUE 2/2021

  • Total Defence Day 2021
  • Budget 2021: Emerging Stronger Together
  • Harmony Over Hate
  • Myanmar Military Coup and Reactions

Issue 1/2021

  • KL-SG High Speed Rail (HSR) Suspended
  • Vaccination Begins in Singapore
  • Tests of our Generation: Three Key Challenges
  • Al-Ula Agreement and the Qatar Embargo
  • US Capitol Riots and Reactions in Singapore

Issue 10/2020

  • Moving Forward from COVID-19
  • Strengthening Ties and Forging New Ones
  • 30 Years of SAF Training in Shoalwater Bay Training Area

Issue 9/2020

  • Making Strides For Multilateralism
  • Terrorism in Europe and Reactions in Singapore
  • Climate Security: Challenges and Opportunities
  • A New President-Elect of the United States

Issue 8/2020

  • Combating COVID-19 and the Way Ahead
  • 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations
  • Commitment to Multilateral Cooperation

Issue 7/2020

  • Adapting for the Post-COVID-19 World
  • Staying Connected to ASEAN and the World

Issue 6/2020

  • Strengthening Singapore's social compact
  • No returning to the pre-COVID-19 world
  • Continued need for strength and vigilance
  • The importance of US-China Relations to Asia

Issue 5/2020

  • COVID-19: Global crisis of our generation
  • Building our post-COVID-19 future
  • Rallying together in challenging times
  • The endangered Asian century

Issue 4/2020

  • Extension of Circuit Breaker period to 1 June
  • Leaving no one behind
  • Ensuring food and resource security
  • Paying tribute to our frontline and migrant workers
  • MINDEF/SAF's involvement in setting up the Changi Exhibition Centre Community Care Facility

Issue 3/2020

  • Applying a Circuit Breaker to tackle COVID-19
  • Building resilience and emerging stronger
  • Unity in adversity

Issue 2/2020

  • Total Defence against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Budget 2020: Enhancing our defence and National Service to tackle new challenges

Issue 1/2020

  • Keep calm, stay vigilant, and carry on
  • Prime Minister Lee on multilateralism and Singapore