What are the ramifications of Shinzo Abe's "active pacifism"? How much worse can Tokyo-Beijing ties get?
What is likely to be the impact on Asia of the shale gas boom in the United States that is helping to refuel manufacturing there and has seen American companies increasingly "reshore" operations from China back to the US?
Where should you put your money in 2014?
These and other questions will be discussed at the second ST Global Outlook Forum, to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel on Nov 29. Headlined by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam, the half-day seminar is based on the theme: "Will 2014 be a year of living dangerously for Asia?"
Presented by ANZ Bank and supported by Mercedes-Benz, it brings together marquee regional and global experts, along with four experienced Straits Times journalists.
Last year's inaugural conference drew a sellout crowd and the response this year is expected to be even better, given the regional situation.
"Asia faces many challenges in the coming years," said ST editor Warren Fernandez. "China is rising, Japan is finally re-emerging from the doldrums, and there will be major elections in India and Indonesia. ASEAN will have to navigate these developments, even as it moves towards becoming a community."
In an opening session moderated by Mr Fernandez, Mr Shanmugam will discuss the challenges facing Singapore and the region.