Think Tank (5/2023)
APPSMO 2023: "Competition and Conflict in a Fragmented World"

“Competition and Conflict in a Fragmented World” was the theme for the 24th Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO 2023), held from 1 to 5 October 2023. Organised by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), RSIS, APPSMO 2023 focused on this critical theme that stemmed from a more complex security landscape.

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Human Security and Empowerment in Asia: Beyond the Pandemic
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this edited volume revisits the framework of human security and development. It examines the protection-empowerment nexus as applied to various vulnerable groups and populations affected by the pandemic. While the conventional human security literature has focused on top-down protection, this book offers new perspectives on human security by exploring bottom-up empowerment from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It also encourages readers to rethink the agency of vulnerable people in addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic. Through eight case studies from Southeast Asia and Japan, the contributors to this book demonstrate the importance of empowerment in achieving human security. They focus on the responses of vulnerable groups and communities to multiple threats to their lives, livelihoods, and dignity. The chapters discuss key human security concerns, such as poverty, the environment, food, forced migration, gender, health, aging, peace, and justice – all  of which have been compounded and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. An essential resource for students and scholars of human security in the aftermath of COVID-19 and its wider impacts.
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Towards Open and Inclusive Regionalism
This collection of nine papers offers an insightful look into the opportunities and challenges for ASEAN, Southeast Asia, and the broader region in a period of global uncertainty. The policy prescriptions or implications in these papers would undoubtedly be useful for decision-makers in considering ways to strengthen cooperation on the issues outlined in the s ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and effectively address the threats to the political and socioeconomic stability in the region.
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Shipwrecks and the Maritime History of Singapore
On 16 June 2021 the National Heritage Board and ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute announced the successful conclusion of the archaeological excavation of two shipwrecks at the eastern approach to Singapore. This maritime archaeology excavation, the largest in Singapore’s waters, was conducted by the Archaeology Unit of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute over a six-year period. This book documents these two shipwrecks, complemented by essays on Singapore’s maritime history, from Temasek in the fourteenth century through the emergence of country trade in the late eighteenth century. These two shipwrecks challenge us to rethink Singapore’s history as globally connected, determined by what was happening on the seas in and around the island.
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Afghanistan under Taliban Rule: An Emergent Global Security Challenge?
The RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor Amin Saikal, Visiting Distinguished Fellow at RSIS, NTU; was held on 11 October 2023. Professor Ang Cheng Guan, Associate Dean of RSIS, moderated the lecture titled “Afghanistan under Taliban Rule: An Emergent Global Security Challenge?” < ...
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Humanitarian Policy and Action in Asia
The RSIS Workshop on “Humanitarian Policy and Action in Asia”, organised by the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre), RSIS, was held from 16-17 October 2023. The workshop brought together scholars from acro ...
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The Search for Common Ground: Third Voice in a Fractured World
With increasing geopolitical rivalries, can countries come together to respond collectively? Beyond the commitment to a rules-based international order and the rejection of bloc politics, what are other common grounds that can unite? With these questions in mind, Dr Marty Natalegawa, Di ...
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RSIS-SWP Dialogue 2023: The War in Ukraine and its Implications for Regional Stability
RSIS hosted the fifth iteration of the RSIS-SWP Dialogue on 30 August 2023. Mandated as a platform for the two leading think tanks to discuss the key issues of the day, the theme of the dialogue was “The War in Ukraine and Its Implications for Regional Stability”. RSIS and the German Institute ...
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Threatening National Security or Bridging the Digital Divide? A Case Study of Huawei’s Expansion in Brazil
On 25 October 2023, Dr Jin (Julie) Zeng, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University (FIU), spoke at a webinar titled “Threatening National Security or Bridging the Digital Divide? A Case Study of Huawei’s Expansion in Brazil.” The webinar wa ...
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CENS Distinguished Visitor Programme on Cyberspace
The Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) invited Professor Ciaran Martin to give two talks under the Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP), on 16 and 20 October 2023. Prof Martin is the current Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the Blavatnik School ...
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Costa Rica: Unarmed Democracy
RSIS hosted a seminar titled “Costa Rica: Unarmed Democracy” on 18 October 2023. The seminar featured Amb Victor H Rojas Gonzalez, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica in the Republic of Singapore; and was chaired by Dr Dipinder Singh Randhawa, Senior Fellow at RSIS. The event was attended ...
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Great Power Competition in the Middle East
Is the old Middle East coming back with a vengeance? In a seminar, held on 10 October 2023, titled “Great Power Competition in the Middle East,” Professor Amin Saikal, Visiting Distinguished Fellow at RSIS, NTU; emphasised how the Middle East is once again becoming an arena for traditional sup ...
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India-China Border Tensions and the Recalibration of India’s Strategic Alignments
On September 20 2023, the South Asia Programme at RSIS hosted Mr Dinakar Peri, Senior Assistant Editor – Defence, of The Hindu, a leading Indian daily. Mr Peri gave a public lecture assessing the status of an India-China bilateral relationship after the Galwan Valley clashes in June 2020 and I ...
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eVTOLs: A Revolution in Aerial Mobility?
RSIS organised a webinar in partnership with the Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore on 5 September 2023 to explore the current state of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft technology and potential use cases. The panel comprised Mr Derek Cheng, Head of Comm ...
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The Future of Multilateralism
RSIS, together with the Hinrich Foundation, hosted a roundtable discussion on “The Future of Multilateralism”. It featured Mr Keith M. Rockwell, Senior Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation and former World Trade Organization (WTO) Director and Chief Spokesman. The discussion, held on 31 A ...
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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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