James Poulos: Singapore on promising trajectory as a U.S. ally

However much reshuffling of personnel may take place in the Trump administration this month, one pivotal global relationship is poised for stability — and increased importance. With its strategic geographic and economic position, unique cultural makeup, and unexpectedly on-trend political tradition, Singapore has placed itself on a far more promising trajectory than some of America’s larger and nominally more powerful allies.

What’s more, Singapore’s leadership — well-known for combining undemocratic government with cosmopolitan economic flourishing and social stability — knows just what the future holds in this regard. Wrapping up a three-day round of meetings with officials, legislators and scholars, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen spoke comfortably of prospects for U.S.-Singapore relations in an increasingly choppy world.