Think Tank (4/2020)
Asian Leadership in the Post-Pandemic World

Regionalisation is the new globalisation. Trade wars and protectionism, lockdowns and travel bans – all point to a world of limited mobility, trade, and investment outside of the North American, European, and Asian regions. But only Asia has the capacity for a strong rebound and further integration, despite its geopolitical tensions and other challenges. What does Asian leadership look lik ...

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Faith, Identity, Cohesion: Building a Better Future
The book aims to promote greater understanding of social cohesion amidst existing complexities of faith and identity, and what this portends for our future. The emphasis is on the importance of engagement across beliefs and cultures, the different generations and segments of population, and the diverse interests of people in a digital and interconnected world. The policy officials, religious leaders, scholars and society-at-large will be able to better appreciate the search for common ground and harmony, thereby strengthening their endeavours for coexistence. The book seeks to continue the conversations and deliberations at the International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) held from 19 to 21 June 2019 in Singapore. The three themes of the ICCS — Faith, Identity, Cohesion — stimulated significant discussions on the need for mutual respect, trust and understanding of each other's beliefs and cultures. Many ideas on the ways forward were raised and further discourse is necessary. An unprecedented line-up of academic, civil society, government, intellectual, policy, religious and youth leaders provided a wide array of perspectives on challenging issues faced by diverse societies around the world. The transcripts of the official speeches elucidate the vision of leadership and aspiration looking ahead. The book also features delightful photographs and graphic recordings of the key thrust articulated during the ICCS. For details on the book launch, click here.
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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Impacts on Asia and Policy Agenda
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), officially unveiled in 2013, is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign and economic policy initiative to achieve improved connectivity, regional cooperation, and economic development on a trans-continental scale. This book reviews the evolving BRI vision and offers a benefit-risk assessment of the BRI’s economic and geopolitical implications from the perspective of Asian stakeholder countries, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Among the value added of the book is first an online perception survey of opinion leaders from Asian participating countries on various aspects of the initiative. To our best knowledge, the survey is the first of its kind. Second, the book presents the simulation results of a computable general equilibrium model of the world economy to estimate the potential macroeconomic impacts of the BRI as a whole and those of its constituent overland and maritime economic corridors. Third, the book makes ten key evidence-based policy recommendations on how to enhance the prospect of a successful and mutually beneficial BRI 2.0 to both China and stakeholder countries.
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ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, COVID-19 and the Future of ASEAN Centrality
The Centre for Multilateralism Studies, RSIS, organised a webinar series on “ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), COVID-19, and the Future of ASEAN Centrality” from 4 to 6 August 2020. Discussions focused on the nexus between ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific narrative, ASEAN-led mechanisms, and a p ...
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RSIS, together with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from Indonesia and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) from Japan, co-organised three webinars between July and September 2020. The first webinar on “Post-Pandemic Indo-Pacific: Prospect for Re ...
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COVID-19 and Economic Crisis: Mitigating Impact and Sustaining Development in Asia
The NTS-Asia Consortium organised a webinar on “COVID-19 and Economic Crisis: Mitigating Impact and Sustaining Development in Asia” on 5 August 2020. The online event, hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Indonesia in partnership with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security ...
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RSIS Virtual Graduation Ceremony
On 18 July 2020, RSIS organised its first ever Virtual Graduation Celebration for the Class of 2020 comprising 164 Masters graduates and one PhD graduate. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this joyous occasion was attended by graduates and faculty members via Zoom. In his congratulatory spe ...
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Singapore’s Security Outlook in the Post-COVID World
The Military Studies Programme (MSP), RSIS, organised a SAF Day 2020 webinar titled “Singapore’s Security Outlook in the Post-COVID World”. Three RSIS scholars (Dr Kumar Ramakrishna, Mr Muhammad Faizal and Dr Ong Wei Chong) presented on various security challenges facing Singapore and the regi ...
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WTO: Between COVID, Reform Debate and a New Leadership
On 14 August 2020, the Centre for Multilateralism Studies, RSIS, hosted Dr Olaf Wientzek, Geneva Office Director for Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, for a seminar on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) current state of play. Apart from sluggish multilateral negotiating and rule-making, the past few ...
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Coronavirus Broke the World: How Can We Build Back Better?
Dr Jamie Metzl, Founder and Chair, OneShared.World, highlighted the significant opportunities that COVID-19 presents for humanity in his talk on 20 August 2020. Organised by the Policy Studies Group at RSIS, the webinar was titled “Coronavirus Broke the World: How Can We Build Back Better?” an ...
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RSIS Day 2020
RSIS celebrated its 24th anniversary on 30 July 2020 with its first ever virtual RSIS Day, commemorating the founding of its predecessor, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, in 1996 by the late Mr S R Nathan. Amb Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS, d ...
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Leveraging the Effects of the Pandemic Towards Regional Cooperation in Asia
Concerned over overcoming the pandemic and devising solutions to counter the economic and social effects of the pandemic, the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) and RSIS co-organised a Distinguished Virtual Forum on “Leveraging the Effects of the Pandemic Towards Regional Cooperation in Asia”. ...
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Understanding Incels: Angry Young Men or Terrorist Movement?
In recent years, dozens of violent incidents linked to the Incel (abbreviation of Involuntary Celibate) movement have been committed by young men mostly in North America. While Incels are an active online community that is generally non-violent, an extreme, more militant fringe has on occasion ...
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Age of Rages: Nationalisms
The Centre of Excellence for National Security, RSIS, concluded its five-episode webinar series titled “Age of Rages: Nationalisms”, with two webinars on 14 July and 11 August 2020. The penultimate webinar titled “Civic Nationalism and the Challenges of Integration” featured Dr Geoffrey ...
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COVID-19 and Its Impact on East Asia
This year marks the 30th anniversary for Singapore-China relations. Although COVID-19 has disrupted physical exchanges and projects, Singapore’s ties with China have emerged stronger this year. Instead of visits, engagements have taken the form of virtual meetings. In the spir ...
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RSIS Webinars by Dr Adam Garfinkle
Dr Adam Garfinkle, RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellow; and Founding Editor of The American Interest gave three webinars between July to August 2020. US Korea Policy: The Persistence of Failure How We Have Misunderstood Islamist Terrorism Black Lives Matt ...
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Terror Threat in United Kingdom: From Syria to Lone Actors
It is 15 years since UK was hit by the al Qaeda directed July 7 2005 attack on London’s public transport system, and the terrorist threat that the UK faces has evolved dramatically. From networked plots directed by al Qaeda, the threat picture is now dominated by lone actors using knives and f ...
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Protests, Participation, Fake News: What’s Going on?
The Centre of Excellence for National Security, RSIS, organised a webinar on “Protests, Participation, Fake News: What’s Going On?” on 15 July 2020. Dr Peter Bergen, Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America, outlined the current situation in the United States. Recent ...
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Humanitarian Assistance in Southeast Asia during COVID-19
How is the region coping with the threat of natural hazards amidst a global pandemic? In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre), RSIS, and the ASEAN C ...
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Irene Chan
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Wendy He
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