THINK TANK
Think Tank (6/2022)
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Navigating US-China Geo-Economic and Technological Competition

RSIS convened experts from China, the United States and the region to discuss “Navigating US-China Geo-Economic and Technological Competition” at a workshop held on 2 November 2022 at the PARKROYAL Collection Marina Bay.

The first panel, consisting of Dr Evan Medeiros and Dr Wang Huiyao, addressed the day’s agenda by assessing the degree of decoupling between China and the United St ...

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Middle Powers in Asia Pacific Multilateralism: A Differential Framework

Drawing on insights from differentiation theory, this book examines the participation of middle powers in multilateralism.

Taking Australia, Indonesia and South Korea as examples, the book examines these countries’ roles in regional organizations, and particularly during the creation of ...

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Beyond the Handshake: Singapore’s Foreign Service

From independence in 1965, Singapore has experienced a meteoric rise to a modern developed city-state. What is less known is the part played by its foreign policy or by the men and women who contributed to its implementation and success. Here, several of Singapore’s senior diplomats and ...

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Gender and Security in Digital Space: Navigating Access, Harassment, and Disinformation

Digital space offers new avenues, opportunities, and platforms in the fight for gender equality, and for the social, economic, and political participation of women and marginalised communities. However, the very same space plays host to gender inequalities and security threats with gendered im ...

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Chinese Regionalism in Asia: Beyond the Belt and Road Initiative

With globalization on the wane in a world fractured by growing great power competition, Hoo and McKinney argue that regionalism is likely to re-emerge as a focal area of significance and interest in the coming years. In Asia, how regionalism evolves is inescapably linked to China’s part in thi ...

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From Centralised to Decentralising Global Economic Architecture: The Asian Perspective
A book launch webinar titled “From Centralised to Decentralising Global Economic Architecture: The Asian Perspective” was held on 23 December 2022. The event was jointly organised by RSIS and Renmin University of China (RUC). This book focuses on the recent rise of new regional ec ...
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RSIS-AMS Dialogue
On 1 December 2022, the Singapore Ministry of Defence, RSIS and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Military Sciences (AMS) co-organised the 1st RSIS-AMS Dialogue, which was conducted virtually and attended by distinguished scholars from local think tanks and universities, as well as ...
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Security Issues in the Indo-Pacific and European Engagement
On 25 November 2022, RSIS hosted a one-day workshop for the Young Experts for Security in Asia (YESA). An initiative by the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and their regional programme Political Dialogue Asia (KASPDA), YESA aims to engage with young foreign and security affairs experts f ...
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Nanyang Alumni Awards 2022
RSIS alumni Mr Malminderjit Singh (MSc 2008) and Mr Prashant Bhalchandra Nayak (MSc 2016) received the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award and Nanyang Alumni Service Award respectively in November 2022. Mr Singh has more than 15 years of experience in media, communications and public policy, and ...
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Future Conflicts — Lessons Learned from Ukraine
The strategic and operational implications of the Russia-Ukraine War on Asian militaries and on the future characters of conflicts in the 21st century was the agenda of a workshop on “Future Conflicts — Lessons Learned from Ukraine” organised by the Military Transformation Programme ...
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Official Launch of Communist Party of Malaya: A Comprehensive Bibliography
The National Security Studies Programme held the official launch of Communist Party of Malaya: A Comprehensive Bibliography on 18 November 2022, at the Civil Service College, Singapore. Compiled by Assistant Professor Ong Wei Chong, Head of the National Security Studies Programme, the ...
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NSSP Seminars by Distinguished Visitor Dr David John Kilcullen
Dr David John Kilcullen was in Singapore from 14 to 18 November 2022 as part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme hosted by RSIS’s National Security Studies Programme (NSSP). Dr Kilcullen is a leading theorist and practitioner of guerrilla and unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, and c ...
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Malaysia’s Upcoming General Election: Players, Issues and Possible Outcomes
Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15) was held on 19 November 2022. Three main coalitions, viz. Barisan Nasional (BN), Pakatan Harapan (PH), and Perikatan Nasional (PN) raced against one another to lead the next government. Before the results were announced officially, many analysts had pred ...
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Seminar on Adopting a Network Analysis in Nuclear Proliferation Research
The Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies hosted a seminar on network analysis in nuclear proliferation research at the RSIS Lecture Theatre on 7 November 2022. The seminar was delivered by Dr Justin Hastings, Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at the Universit ...
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Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation, and Smears (DRUMS)
With support from the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS), the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) organised the first in-person Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation, and Smears (DRUMS) workshop since the pandemic on 2 and 3 November 2022. Titled “Security ...
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Why the United States Doesn’t Win Wars: Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
The RSIS Seminar “Why the United States Doesn’t Win Wars: Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan” was held at the LHS Lecture Theatre, The Hive, on 27 October 2022. The speaker, Professor Amin Saikal, AM, FASSA, is Distinguished Visiting Fellow at RSIS, Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at ...
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Climate Security in the Indo-Pacific: Strategic Implications for Defence and Foreign Affairs
Experts discussed “Climate Security in the Indo-Pacific: Strategic Implications for Defence and Foreign Affairs” at a closed-door virtual roundtable of that title. Hosted by the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies on 23 Febru ...
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US-China Soft Power Competition and the Role of Europe in the Indo-Pacific
Against the backdrop of continuing Sino-US tensions, Associate Professor Alfred Gerstl and Dr Richard Q. Turcsanyi, both from Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, delivered a seminar on “US-China Soft Power Competition and the Role of Europe in the Indo-Pacific” at RSIS on 1 November 20 ...
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Stability and Threat in the Middle East
How stable is the Middle East today compared to its turbulent past? What are the main sources of threat affecting the region’s future directions? These were the questions addressed by Professor Amin Saikal, RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellow, who spoke at a seminar presented by the Internation ...
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Evolving Dynamics and Strategies in the Rehabilitation of Radical Extremists
Terrorist rehabilitation has been identified as a key pillar in the strategies for effectively countering violent extremism (CVE). An increasing number of states have realised that assisting and managing the reintegration of convicted terrorists back into society may well serve their respectiv ...
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Inclusion in AI: Is there a Singapore Model?
In support of its mandate to stimulate discussion and research at the intersection of science, technology, and national security, the Future Issues and Technology (FIT) research cluster at RSIS organised a webinar on the challenges for artificial intelligence (AI) arising from inclusion. Inclu ...
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RSIS-RHCC Humanitarian Futures Forum
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies and the Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre (Changi RHCC) jointly hosted the Humanitarian Futures Forum on 14 October 2022. The third in a series of events on humanitarian f ...
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Will Quantum Supply Chains Fall Victim to Geopolitics?
Although quantum mechanics emerged in the early 20th century, practical real-world applications in computing, communications, and sensing are more recent. As quantum technologies mature, policymakers and industry professionals are naturally becoming concerned about their impact. The dua ...
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Check out the most read RSIS Commentary and IDSS Paper in 2022. RSIS Commentary Reviving Nuclear Power: Is the Philippines Ready? By Julius Ce ...
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EDITOR
Adrian Chong
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Kelyn Tng
CONTRIBUTORS
Ahmad Helmi Bin Mohamad Hasbi
David Han Guo Xiong
Lina Gong
Nawaljeet Singh
Sean Tan
Alan Chong
Frederick Kliem
Manoj Harjani
S. Nanthini
Tan Ming Hui
Darren Koh
Julius Cesar Imperial Trajano
Muhammad Saiful Alam Shah Bin Sudiman
Sarah Soh
Warren Choo