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Amb Barry Desker is the Distinguished Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. He is a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights, Singapore and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship. He was the Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in 2018.
From 2000 to 2014, he was the Director, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies and served as founding Dean of RSIS from 2007 to 2014. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Trade Development Board from 1994 to 2000 and Singapore’s Ambassador to Indonesia from 1986 to 1993.
Amb Desker is currently also Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to the Holy See and Spain since 2007.
A President’s Scholar, he was educated at the University of Singapore, University of London and Cornell University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by University of Warwick in 2012 and Doctor of Laws by the University of Exeter in 2013. Amb Desker has also been very active in the corporate world serving on the boards of Singaporean and multi-national corporations.
Areas of Expertise
- Terrorism and civil conflict in Asia
- Regional economic and security issues
- Member of the Governing Board for the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
- Singapore’s representative to the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
- Director of the Cordell Hull Institute (Washington, D.C.)
- Honorary Advisor, UN Association of Singapore
- Board Member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
- Co-Chair, Council on Security Co-operation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP), 2001-2003
- Board of Governors of the SAFTI Military Institute
Perspectives on the Security of Singapore: The First 50 Years
06 August, 2015
Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered
01 January, 2012
MN04 | A New Agenda for the ASEAN Regional Forum
15 July, 2002
WP188 | Informal Caucuses within the WTO:Singapore in the "Invisibles Group"
26 November, 2009
WP145 | New Security Dimensions in the Asia Pacific
29 October, 2007
WP094 | The East Asian Experience:The Poverty of “Picking Winners”
01 December, 2005
WP033 | Islam and Society in Southeast Asia after September 11
01 September, 2002
WP018 | Asian Developing Countries and the Next Round of WTO Negotiations
01 October, 2001
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - Another Term for Jokowi: Some Significant Developments
26 April, 2019
Trump-Kim Summit II: Challenges of Nuclear Issues to Regional Peace
25 February, 2019
CO17145 | Is ASEAN a Community?
02 August, 2017
CO16301 | Singapore’s Landscape of Religious Freedom: Hard-won, Constant Nurturing Needed
13 December, 2016
CO16260 | Globalisation Under Pressure: International Trade Suffers
18 October, 2016
CO16230 | Remembering SR Nathan: The MFA Years
16 September, 2016
CO16179 | Rising China Confronts Maritime Southeast Asia
15 July, 2016
CO16145 | President Duterte: A Different Philippine Leader
14 June, 2016
CO16072 | Challenge of Contemporary Terrorism: Tackling Roots via Education
05 April, 2016
CO16068 | Safety First in Managing Airspace
29 March, 2016
CO16009 | Jakarta Terrorist Attacks: The Threat From The Islamic State
19 January, 2016
CO15233 | South China Sea Series - South China Sea Tensions: Unlikely to Lead to War
03 November, 2015
CO15216 | Challenging Times in Singapore-Indonesia Relations
14 October, 2015
CO15180 | China’s Conflicting Signals on the South China Sea
24 August, 2015
C015167 | ASEAN’s New Era: Challenges Amid Growing Cooperation
11 August, 2015
CO15130 | From Scarcity to Plenty: The Geopolitics of a World Awash in Oil
03 June, 2015
CO15083 | Lee Kuan Yew and Suharto: How Mutual Trust Fostered Bilateral Ties
08 April, 2015
CO15059 | Towards Closer ASEAN-Latin American Ties
19 March, 2015
CO15046 | ASEAN Integration Remains an Illusion
05 March, 2015
CO14217 | Yasukuni Shrine and Museum: Japan’s WW2 Responsibility
05 November, 2014
CO14186 | US air campaign against ISIS: A more balanced pivot to East Asia?
19 September, 2014
CO14155 | Has Global Finance Finally Been Tamed?
04 August, 2014
CO14138 | Japan’s Rising Security Challenges
14 July, 2014
CO14112 | A New Cold War?
11 June, 2014
CO13226 | Energy Security: Southeast Asia Revives Nuclear Power Plans
11 December, 2013
CO13205 | Indonesia's 2014 Elections: Will Suharto's Enduring Legacy Last?
05 November, 2013
CO13161 | The Rising Challenge of Food Security
29 August, 2013
CO13120 | As Asia Rises, New Challenges Emerge
01 July, 2013
CO13105 | New Energy Dynamics in a Changing World
30 May, 2013
CO13049 | Global Risk from Trade Wars: Time to Return to WTO
01 April, 2013
CO12216 | Defusing Tensions in the South China Sea
03 December, 2012
CO12197 | Can Europe Prevent Asia's Rise?
22 October, 2012
CO12109 | The G20 Summit: A Wasted Opportunity in Mexico
25 June, 2012
CO11142 | Responsibility to Protect: Tensions between Sovereignty and Security
06 October, 2011
CO11053 | Nuclear Power After Fukushima
06 April, 2011
CO11014 | Egypt's Youth Uprising: Its Global Dimensions
10 February, 2011
CO10171 | Time for Rethink: Need to Refocus on WTO
15 December, 2010
CO10136 | The G20 : Should Europe Give Way to Asia?
29 October, 2010
CO10132 | ASEAN Plus Eight Defence Cooperation: Rise of a New Player
15 October, 2010
CO10125 | Is Indonesia Outgrowing ASEAN?
29 September, 2010
CO10068 | New Directions for ASEAN
23 June, 2010
CO09111 | APEC at 20: Old Promises, New Challenges
11 November, 2009
CO09093 | Imagining the Future: The World in 2020
16 September, 2009
CO09046 | Is Mas Salamat a Rambo?
13 May, 2009
CO09023 | Global Crisis and Climate Change: Will Recession Undermine Climate Change Negotiations?
04 March, 2009
CO09010 | Priorities for the Obama Administration
23 January, 2009
CO08133 | Towards a Pacific Century: The East Asian Capitalist Model and Free Trade
15 December, 2008
CO08115 | Global Recession, Global Warming: Will Climate Change Negotiations Slow Down?
28 October, 2008
CO08104 | Russia and the Return of History
26 September, 2008
CO08077 | Is the ASEAN Charter Necessary?
17 July, 2008
CO08071 | Why War is Unlikely in Asia
27 June, 2008
CO08019 | Trends in Airpower Modernisation in the Asia Pacific Region
25 February, 2008
CO07109 | ASEAN: Act on Climate Change
15 October, 2007
CO07104 | ASEAN: Time to Suspend Myanmar
04 October, 2007
CO07095 | Why APEC Needs Results in Sydney
07 September, 2007
CO06065 | Is the ARF Obsolete? Three Moves to Avoid Irrelevance
20 July, 2006
CO06057 | Time for a ‘Plan B’ for the WTO? Or How to Rescue the Doha Round
22 June, 2006
CO05074 | Doha and Globalisation’s Missing Middle
25 October, 2005
CO05010 | Protecting the Malacca Straits
03 March, 2005
CO04061 | Why East Asia is Negotiating FTAs
03 December, 2004
CO04041 | The SAF’s Next Challenge
10 September, 2004
CO02026 | After Bali, Will Indonesia Act?
29 October, 2002
CO02014 | Islam and Society in Southeast Asia After 9-11
10 September, 2002
CO01002 | The Future of the ASEAN Regional Forum
01 October, 2001
Chapters in Edited Books
- Osman, Mohamed Nawab Mohamed and Barry Desker. “Mr S Rajaratnam and the Making of Singapore’s Foreign Policy” in Kwa Chong Guan (ed), S Rajaratnam on Singapore: From Ideas to Reality. Singapore: World Scientific Pte Ltd, 2006.
- Desker, Barry, Sarah Teo and Dylan Loh. "The ASEAN Regional Forum and its continued relevance." New Zealand International Review 40, no. 4 (2015): 17-20.
- “Why War is Unlikely in Asia: Facing the Challenge from China” (with Barry Desker), Survival, November-December 2008
- Desker, Barry. “Why the Past Matters,” The Straits Times, February 14, 2014. http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/kri-usman-harun-issue-why-past-matters.
Last updated on 09/07/2019