Think Tank (1/2021)
Multilateralism and Trade in a Post-COVID World

On 23 February 2021, the Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS) hosted a panel webinar on the global pandemic’s effects on international economic cooperation. Dr Alica Kizeková, Head of Asia Pacific Unit and Senior Researcher at the Czech Republic’s Institute of International Relations, kicked off the session, elaborating how ASEAN Centrality has emerged from the pandemic relatively unha ...

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Racial Difference and the Colonial Wars of 19th Century Southeast Asia
The colonisation of Southeast Asia was a long and often violent process where numerous military campaigns were waged by the colonial powers across the region. The notion of racial difference was crucial in many of these wars, as native Southeast Asian societies were often framed in negative terms as "savage" and "backward" communities that needed to be subdued and "civilised". This collection of critical essays focuses on the colonial construction of race and looks at how the colonial wars in 19th-century Southeast Asia were rationalised via recourse to theories of racial difference, making race a significant factor in the wars of Empire. Looking at the colonial wars in Java, Borneo, Siam, the Philippines, the Malay Peninsula and other parts of Southeast Asia, the essays examine the manner in which the idea of racial difference was weaponised by the colonising powers and how forms of local resistance often worked through such colonial structures of identity politics.
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The Elusive Tipping Point: China–India Ties for a New Order
The Elusive Tipping Point: China-India Ties for a New Order is a timely foreign-policy-relevant book. This insightful book delves deep into the reasons for frequent diplomatic and strategic crises between Asia's two dynamic ancient civilisations with post-modern capabilities. Set in the context of seventieth anniversary of China-India diplomacy, the spotlight is turned on their complex search for neighbourliness and global good. Often a mirage, the positive tipping point in their state-to-state relations is traced through the past, the present and the potential future. A controversial missed opportunity in the past and a collective-win approach for the present are explored. For Beijing and Delhi, imaginative all-weather dialogue is the best option if they wish to stabilise their engagement for the uncertain future. Despite their major military crisis, PRC and India are expected to shape a realistic post-COVID world order.
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COVID-19 and Great Power Competition
On 16 February 2021, as part of the RSIS Webinar Series on Post-Pandemic Multilateralism and Diplomacy, the Centre for Multilateralism Studies hosted a session titled “COVID-19 and Great Power Competition”. Panellists deliberated on the impact of COVID-19 on the already complex great power dyn ...
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Where Great Powers Meet: America & China in Southeast Asia
On 25 February 2021, RSIS held a virtual book launch for Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia. The session comprised panellists Dr David Shambaugh, author of the book, Prof Joseph Liow, Tan Kah Kee Chair in Comparative and International Politics and Research Ad ...
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Evaluation of the Signing of the RCEP Agreement and Prospects for Regional Economic Integration in Asia
On 5 February 2021, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from Indonesia, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) from Japan, and RSIS held a joint webinar on the topic “Evaluation of the Signing of the RCEP Agreement and Prospects for Regional Economic Integ ...
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Great Powers Exceptionalism: Sino-American conceptions of World Order
On 19 January 2021, the United States, and China Programmes within the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS jointly held a workshop titled “Great Powers Exceptionalism: Sino-American Conceptions of World Order” at Hotel Park Royal, Singapore. The workshop was attended by a select ...
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Disaster Governance and Prospects of Inter-Regional Partnership in the Asia-Pacific
On 25 February 2021, the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) hosted a webinar on “Disaster Governance and Prospects of Inter-Regional Partnership in the Asia Pacific”. Chaired by Head of the NTS Centre, Prof Mely Caballero-Anthony, the webinar was delivered by Dr Alistair ...
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What Happens Now? Terrorism and the Challenges of Counter-terrorism in the Next Decade
The threat of terrorism is omnipresent and growing despite the onset of the pandemic and worldwide lockdowns. This is evidenced through the recent attacks in Europe and America, which show the ever-evolving, dynamic nature of terrorism across the ideological spectrum, from Islamist to far-righ ...
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Sources of Peace in East Asia
A virtual workshop on “Sources of Peace in East Asia” was held on 29 January 2021. The Regional Security Architecture Programme (RSAP), a research programme within the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS, organised the workshop as part of the collaborative efforts of the Global ...
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Virtual Workshops by China Programme
China’s Domestic Transformations and their Impacts on Global Governance By Xue Gong and Karyn Liow The China Programme within the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS held a virtual workshop titled “China’s Domestic Transformations and their Impacts on Global Gove ...
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Regional Maritime Security Outlook 2021
The Maritime Security Programme within the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS held its annual flagship conference “Regional Maritime Security Outlook 2021” on 20 and 21 January 2021. Conducted in a hybrid format, local participants gathered at the Park Royal on Beach Road Hotel ...
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Most Read RSIS Policy Reports and Commentaries
Check out the most read RSIS Policy Reports and most read RSIS Commentary. RSIS Policy Reports The Policy Reports offer the reader with policy recommendations for various levels – from policymakers and decision-makers in governments, to international org ...
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Op-eds by RSIS Researchers
RSIS Researcher regularly contribute analyses and perspectives on topical issues. These are published in presses, current affairs online platforms and top-tier academic journals. Click here for the full list of op ...
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RSIS Researchers’ Comments in the Media
RSIS Researchers regularly provide comments through media interviews to share useful resource and insights on relevant topic. These include newspaper quotes, TV interviews as well as radio interviews. Click here for th ...
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Adrian Chong
Adrian Ang
Irene Chan
Olli Pekka Suorsa
Shawn Ho
Yang Zi
Amalina Anuar
Karyn Liow
Rueben Ananthan Santhana Dass
Tsjeng Zhizhao Henrick
Benjamin Ho
Nazia Hussain
S. Nanthini
Xue Gong