The CSIS Southeast Asia Program is pleased to host a discussion with Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. Dr. Balakrishnan will discuss Singapore’s bilateral relations with the United States, its regional relationships, and the United States’ role in the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Balakrishnan was appointed minister for foreign affairs and minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative in October 2015. His previous cabinet portfolios include environment and water resources, community development, youth and sports, and entrepreneurship. Before entering parliament in 2001, Dr. Balakrishnan was chief executive officer of the Singapore General Hospital after a distinguished career in medicine. The CSIS Statesmen's Forum provides global political leaders the opportunity to present their views about critical policy issues before a group of U.S. government executive and legislative branch officials, foreign diplomats, academic and regional experts, leaders from the corporate community, and the media. The series gives those who have professional responsibility for policy determination and interpretation a chance to assess the positions and perspectives of global leaders and to engage them in dialogue.