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M Ali has been with RSIS since June 2010 as a Senior Fellow. Besides monitoring security in Southeast Asia, he is Supervisory Editor of RSIS Commentaries and other RSIS publications.
He was with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies from 2001 to 2004. Before that he served 31 years with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs; his foreign posting included being Charge d’Affaires in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Ambassador to Cambodia from 1995 to 2000. Post-retirement, he also served in MINDEF as Counsellor in Cairo from 2005 to 2010.
Born in Johor, Malaya in 1941 he was educated in Singapore and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at University of Singapore in 1968. He worked as a Reporter with the Straits Times and later Radio and Televison Singapore between 1959 and 1966.
M Ali was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the President of Singapore and Commander, Royal Order of Sehemetrai by the King of Cambodia.
Areas of Expertise
- Political History and Security of Malaysia, Indonesia
- Communist Insurgencies in Southeast Asia
The APPSMO Advantage: Strategic Opportunities
04 August, 2016
Reflections: The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew
01 February, 2016
Strategic Engagement in the Asia Pacific: The Future of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus)
21 August, 2013
CO16245 | China’s Hegemonic Trajectory: Intimidating ASEAN?
04 October, 2016
CO15268 | Future of Islamic State: Not Merely Religion
08 December, 2015
C015178 | Separation 1965: The Tunku's "agonised decision"
21 August, 2015
CO15062 | KONFRONTASI: Why Singapore was in Forefront of Indonesian Attacks
23 March, 2015
CO13230 | Aceh’s new Cultural Leader: Former separatist now guardian of state
18 December, 2013
CO13034 | Singapore Connectivity: Increased Rail, Road and Sea Links
21 February, 2013
CO13032 | Disasters in Southeast Asia's Megacities: Protecting the Informal Sector
15 February, 2013
CO13002 | East Asian Regional Cooperation: Japan Falling Behind China?
03 January, 2013
CO12136 | The Arab world in turmoil: Nasser's legacy reprise
26 July, 2012
CO11184 | The Bali EAS: Can ASEAN form an East Asia Community?
16 December, 2011
CO11076 | Towards an ASEAN Vision Beyond 2015: Outcome of Jakarta Summit
10 May, 2011
CO11066 | To Admit or to Exclude Timor Leste? Implications for ASEAN integration
29 April, 2011
CO11022 | After the Facebook Revolution: Whither Egypt?
15 February, 2011
CO10142 | Beyond ASEAN Plus to East Asia Community: The Hanoi ASEAN Summits
04 November, 2010
CO10069 | Land Swap Deal: New Era for Singapore-Malaysia Relations
28 June, 2010
CO10067 | A New Era for Singapore-Malaysia Relations
18 June, 2010
CO04034 | The Fight Against Terror: Psychological Defence, Ideological Response
27 August, 2004
CO04023 | Maritime Security Cooperation in the Malacca Straits : Prospects and Limits
01 July, 2004
CO04011 | Osama Bin Laden’s Peace Overture: A strategic shift or a new threat ?
19 April, 2004
CO04004 | Malaysia: PM Abdullah Badawi’s Performance and Prospects
25 February, 2004
CO03040 | Towards an Asian Security Community
20 November, 2003
CO03039 | Singapore’s Balancing Diplomacy: Defence Cooperation With USA, India
12 November, 2003
CO03037 | ASEAN-India Strategic Engagement: Singapore-India Synergy
06 October, 2003
CO03026 | Maritime Security Cooperation The ARF Way
10 July, 2003
CO02017 | Impact of 9-11 on Malaysia and Singapore – One year later
16 September, 2002
CO02010 | ASEAN-US Cooperation to combat International terrorism: A more nuanced approach needed
29 August, 2002
Last updated on 26/08/2019