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Ariel Tan is Deputy Head of Policy Studies and Coordinator of the Malaysia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. She was previously a Singapore Foreign Service Officer, who served in the policy, planning and analysis directorates for Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Americas, respectively, at the Ministry of Foreign affairs. She was First Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of Singapore in Washington DC and Deputy High Commissioner of Singapore in Kuala Lumpur. She has also worked at the Institute of Policy Studies, under the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), where she directed the institute’s strategic planning and communications.
Ariel was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) or Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Gangsa), a Singapore National Day award, in 2013.
Ariel graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where she was also a Mason Fellow.
The Anwar Administration: Once More with Less Feeling, More Art
30 March, 2023
Malaysia’s GE timing: What’s at stake?
06 October, 2022
The Abraham Accords: Malaysia’s Cautious Response
13 January, 2021
IP22015 | An UMNO Triumphant or Insecure for GE15?
18 March, 2022
IP21003 | Malaysia's New Government: Same But Different
24 August, 2021
Chapters in Edited Books
- “Political Parties” in Tommy Koh and Daljit Singh (Eds.), America: A Singapore Perspective. Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2021, pp. 36-42
- “Malaysia’s state elections: Implications for the Anwar administration”, The Straits Times, 16 August 2023
- “PAS is on the rise, but talk of a ‘green wave’ is premature”, The Straits Times, 14 April 2023
- “Commentary: Malaysian PM Anwar faces tough challenges but has a good chance of serving a full term”, TODAY, 31 March 2023
- “The royal dilemma of picking a prime minister for Malaysia”, The Straits Times, 28 November 2022
- “Commentary: Timing of Malaysia’s next General Election — what’s at stake?”, TODAY, 7 October 2022
- “UMNO Eyes an Early Election, but It is Not Out of the Woods Yet” (with Nadiah Binte Isa), TODAY, 18 March 2022
- “Malaysian Politics Needs a Reset” (with Joseph Liow Chin Yong), Nikkei Asia, 26 July 2021
- “In Malaysia, what lies beneath the divorce of Umno and Muhyiddin’s Bersatu?” (with Joseph Liow Chin Yong), South China Morning Post, 24 July 2021
- “马来西亚外交的以色列难题”, 联合早报, 21 March 2021
- “Umno – and Malaysia – at the crossroads” (with Joseph Liow Chin Yong), The Straits Times, 8 February 2021
- “Understanding Malaysia’s high-wire act on the Abraham Accords and the Israel-Palestine issue”, TODAY, 19 January 2021
- “Why Pakatan Harapan fell”, TODAY, 3 March 2020
- “All eyes on how new Muhyiddin government handles three issues in Malaysia”, TODAY, 2 March 2020
Last updated on 20/02/2023