Think Tank (4/2021)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi-RSIS Distinguished Virtual Public Lecture by Mr Stephen Roach

The world’s most important bilateral economic relationship is at a critical juncture. Notwithstanding America’s leadership transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden, after three years of a trade war, the United States and China now appear to be in the early stages of a Cold War.  This conflict is very different in one key respect from that which occurred between the United States and the f ...

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Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia
Sovereignty is a foundational idea upon which regional organisation of nations is built, yet its demise has often been predicted. Regionalism, which commits states to common frameworks such as rules and norms, tests sovereignty as states relinquish some sovereign power to achieve other goals such as security, growth, or liberalisation. This book examines the practice of normative contestation over sovereignty in two regional organisations of Africa and Asia – the AU and ASEAN. A structured comparison of three case studies from each organisation determines whether a norm challenging sovereignty was accepted, rejected, or qualified. Ng has carried out interviews about, and detailed analysis of, these six cases that occurred at formative moments of norm-setting and that each had very different outcomes. This study contributes to the understanding of norms contestation in the field of international relations and offers new insights on how the AU and ASEAN are constituted. • A comparison of two major regional organisations • Aids understanding of how the African Union and ASEAN operate • Based on case studies and interviews For details on the book launch, click here.
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At History’s Hinge: The Swinging Gates of American and Global Politics
The book analyses American and global politics in light of the sudden change that whipped the political and historical together into an anxious froth courtesy of COVIDageddon — the viral visitation that changed so much so fast on this planet that we are still trying to make sense of it. We stand at a hinge of history, and how the political gate suspended on that hinge swings, this way and that as the winds blow and time flows, is even now shaping the future.
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The European Union’s Security Relations with Asian Partners
This wide-ranging book analyses EU-Asia security relations in a systematic, substantive and comparative manner. The contributions assess similarities and differences between the EU and its Asian partners with respect to levels of threat perception, policy response and security cooperation in the context of historical, institutional and external factors – such as the influence of the United States. The book presents original empirical research organised in four parts: a number of contributions providing discussions of the global context in which EU-Asia security relations develop; a series of chapters covering the range of dimensions of EU-Asian security, including both traditional and non-military aspects of security; chapters addressing the specific issues touching on bilateral relations between the EU and its partners in the Asia-Pacific region; and a final part presenting the overall findings across the various contributions together with the future outlook for EU-Asia security relations.
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The S. T. Lee Distinguished Annual Lecture by Dr Parag Khanna
On 25 August 2021, RSIS held the S. T. Lee Distinguished Annual Lecture by Dr Parag Khanna, Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap. Providing the subject of the lecture was Dr Khanna’s latest book, MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us, which examines a new age of mass migrations driven by ...
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Strategic Studies or Security Studies – Better Insights into Security Issues
When the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, widespread belief in a so-called “peace dividend” was created. The end of the Cold War also had a negative impact on Strategic Studies, since Strategic Studies had been very closely associated ...
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7th International Maritime Security Conference
On 28 July 2021, RSIS and the Republic of Singapore Navy co-hosted the 7th International Maritime Security Conference. The first large-scale maritime conference since the onset of the pandemic, this event brought together senior international navy leaders, captains of industry, and world-class ...
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RSIS World Humanitarian Day 2021 Webinar: Responses to Crises During the Pandemic - Challenges and New Modalities
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) at RSIS commemorated World Humaritarian Day on 19 August 2021 with a webinar on “Responses to Crises during the Pandemic”. World Humanitarian Day marks the an ...
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New Book: "China’s Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism: International Order and Global Leadership"
The book titled China’s Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism: International Order and Global Leadership was launched on 6 August 2021. Authored by Dr Benjamin Ho, Assistant Professor at the China Programme, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS, the book studied C ...
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New Book: "Understanding Religion: Theories and Methods for Studying Religiously Diverse Societies"
Dr Paul Hedges of the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme launched his second book this year via a webinar on 5 August 2021. Understanding Religion: Theories and Methods for Studying Religiously Diverse Societies is a cutting-edge title appealing t ...
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New Book: “Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia”
Dr Joel Ng, Research Fellow, Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS) launched his new book, “Contesting Sovereignty: Power and Practice in Africa and Southeast Asia” on 22 July 2021. Associate Professor Alan Chong, Head, CMS, gave the introductory remarks at the book launch, before Dr Ng elab ...
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Terrorism Analyst Training Course 2021
After a hiatus of one year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) conducted its 13th Terrorism Analyst Training Course (TATC) from 12 to 16 July 2021 at the Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore. The TATC i ...
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Japanese Views on Hybrid Threats
Professor Chiyuki Aoi, Professor of International Security at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, was invited by the National Security Studies Programme, RSIS, to share about contemporary Japanese perception of hybrid conflicts, and the corresponding strategies adopted b ...
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ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management 2021
The annual ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management (SPDDM), a signature event of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), was held online from 24 to 26 August 2021. The theme of the event was “Advancing Disaster Management: Into a Future of Possibilities”, highlighting ...
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SRP Webinar Series on Regional Trends in Inter-Religious Relations
On 19 August 2021, the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme conducted a webinar on “Regional Trends in Interreligious Relations”. During the session, Mr Muhammad Haziq Jani, Senior Analyst with the SRP Programme, gave a broad overview of interrel ...
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Enhancing Nuclear Governance in the Asia Pacific
A webinar on “Nuclear Governance in the Asia Pacific: Pathways to Cooperation” was organised by the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) on 29 July 2021. On the webinar programme were presentations aimed at exploring key nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation issues ...
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Climate Change and Communities – a Human Security Perspective
On 28 July 2021, the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS Centre) at RSIS hosted a webinar entitled “Climate Change and Communities – a Human Security Perspective”. Moderated by Dr Tamara Nair, Research Fellow at NTS Centre, this webinar brought together four experts from the region: Assis ...
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US Withdrawal from Afghanisation – the Future of Al-Qaeda
A webinar by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), RSIS, on 28 June 2021 was the first in a three-part series to spotlight the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. Terrorism scholars and practitioners have been divided in their views on Al-Qaeda’s current ...
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The End of the War on Terror?
The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan had begun in line with President Joe Biden’s decision to end the “forever war” in the country. The key question is this: What would be the lingering threats from jihadist groups to the US and other countries in the region? Lieutenant General H ...
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Policy Challenges Faced by Regional Countries due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Disruptive Technologies, and Divergent Demographics
The COVID-19 pandemic could have lasting effects on many countries in the region by reinforcing nationalism, protectionism, and other trends that are already undermining globalisation. The most serious challenge posed by pandemic-induced acceleration towards a digital economy is the disruption ...
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France as an Indo-Pacific Nation: Security and Multilateralism in Challenging Times
The Embassy of France and RSIS co-hosted a panel webinar on “France as an Indo-Pacific Nation: Security and Multilateralism in Challenging Times” on 8 July 2021. Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman, RSIS, gave the opening remarks, noting that “Indo-Pacific” as a nomenclature is ...
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Peru and Singapore: Enhancing Ties Across the Pacific Ocean
The Embassy of Peru and RSIS co-hosted a panel webinar on “Peru and Singapore: Enhancing ties across the Pacific Ocean” on 7 July 2021. Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman, RSIS, started the webinar noting that economic multilateralism is under pressure because of geopolitics, ...
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Webinar Series on Social Movements, Extremism and Violence
Part 1: Social Movement Theory Social Movement Theory is a vast field in sociology that has been interpreted in a diversity of ways. Social movements may be peaceful or violent, with the factors determining either outcome being the point of interest of most social mov ...
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On 27 July 2021, staff and students gathered online to celebrate RSIS Day. Held annually, the event commemorates the establishment of IDSS on 30 July 1996, before it was inaugurated as RSIS subsequently. Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS, kicked off the program ...
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Most Read RSIS Policy Reports
The Policy Reports offer the reader with policy recommendations for various levels – from policymakers and decision-makers in governments, to international organisations, academic institutions, think tanks, civil societies, commercial sectors, and the media.
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Most Read RSIS Commentaries
The RSIS Commentary contributes views to public discourse on international affairs, with a focus on international affairs relating to the Asia Pacific region, ranging from security and politics to climate change and non-traditional security.
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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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Kenny Khoo
Amalina Anuar
John Bradford
Kenny Khoo
Luca Farrow
Noorita Md-Noor
Sandy Wang
Bernard Loo Fook Weng
Julius Cesar Imperial Trajano
Kyler Ong
Muhammad Haziq Bin Jani
Rueben Ananthan Santhana Dass
Shawn Ho
Christopher Chen
Kalicharan Veera Singam
Lee Jun Hui
Nazia Hussain
S. Nanthini
Stephen Roach