Think Tank (1/2020)
US and DPRK: What Next?

Hostility between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been the central security challenge of Northeast Asia for the past 75 years. Over the past several decades, while the tensions between the US and DPRK have spiked up and down, the fundamental premise of the Washington-Pyongyang relations remains the same, that is, how much nuclear capacity should N ...

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Critical Reflections on China’s Belt & Road Initiative
This book provides insights into China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from Asia Pacific and the Middle East. It offers critical perspectives from various directions, not excluding historical investigations, human geography approaches and neo-Marxist inclinations. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) represents one of the biggest geopolitical visions since the Cold War and offers the possibilities of an intercontinental vision of Aid politics, along with prospects for pan-Asianism. By and large, any geopolitical vision that purports to foster inter-regional dialogue and materialist development of peoples and economies is bound to have its flaws. The Belt and Road Initiative bears hallmarks of the socio-political tradition of Chinese authoritarian infrastructure politics while also offering a possible alternative to the so-called ‘Washington Consensus’ of free markets, deregulation and a shift towards liberal democracy. Additionally, the Belt and Road Initiative opens up wide open intellectual spaces for dialogues between Asians, Arabs and Westerners on the meaning of inclusive inter-continental relationships in philosophy, geography and economics.  The significance of this is often underplayed in Chinese official statements whereas this book introduces these possibilities within its assorted sections.
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Pathways to Contemporary Islam: New Trends in Critical Engagement
This book highlights that the current tensions in Islam and the Muslim world are the result of historical dynamics as opposed to an alleged incompatibility between religious tradition and modernity. The emphasis on pathways indicates that critical engagement and contestation have always been intrinsic to the history of Islam. The aim of the book is to elaborate the contemporary pathways and analyse the trends that contest the Islamic intellectual tradition, the relationship between religion and politics, and the individual and collective practice of religion. The collection of essays analyses the current efforts of critical re-engagement with the Islamic intellectual tradition and underlines the historical diversity of Islamic orthodoxies that led to the establishment of various pathways in the practice and role of religion in Muslim societies.
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Can Britain Survive BREXIT?: Economic and Constitutional Challenges in Post-Brexit Britain
RSIS hosted a roundtable titled “Can Britain Survive BREXIT?: Economic and Constitutional Challenges in Post-Brexit Britain” on 12 February 2020. The roundtable speaker was Mr David Martin, Visiting Senior Fellow, Co-Convenor, Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland. Amb Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy ...
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5th SRP Executive Programme I
The Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme, RSIS, held the first session of its 5th Executive Programme (EP) from 10 to 12 February 2020. The session was attended by 40 policymakers, public servants, as well as community and religious leaders. The session focu ...
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Military-Civil Fusion and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
The China Programme, IDSS, RSIS, held a workshop “Military-Civil Fusion and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army” on 7 February 2020. The workshop sought to understand China’s Military-Civil Fusion initiative (MCF) from multiple angles. Being a national strategy established in the Xi era to re ...
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CSCAP Nuclear Energy Experts Group Meeting
The Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre), RSIS, and the Pacific Forum jointly convened the “Annual Meeting of the Nuclear Energy Experts Group (NEEG) of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP)”, from 6 to 7 February 2020 at Rendezvous Hotel Singapor ...
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What Ails America?
Dr Adam Garfinkle, Distinguished Visiting Fellow of RSIS and the Founding Editor of The American Interest, delivered the RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture on 31 January 2020. At the lecture, he presented his research on the topic of what he calls the “American faceplant” which is due ...
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Regional Maritime Security Outlook 2020
The Maritime Security Programme held its annual flagship conference, “Regional Maritime Security Outlook 2020”, between 14 and 15 January 2020 at the Holiday Inn Atrium Singapore. Over two dozen experts and practitioners participated in the event. The conference opened with Emeritus Pro ...
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RSIS-SCSPI Roundtable
The RSIS’ Maritime Security Programme and the South China Sea Strategic Probing Initiative (SCSPI) of the Peking University Institute of Ocean Research, conducted a joint roundtable on “Recent Developments in the South China Sea” on 13 January 2020 at the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. The Chin ...
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US Foreign Policy in a Time of Turmoil at Home and Abroad
RSIS held a Distinguished Public Dialogue on 9 January 2020 at the NTU@one-north. Prof Michael E. Brown, Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and Dr Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie ...
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Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA)
The International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research released its January issue of the Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA) on 6 January 2020. This issue gave an overview of terrorist and violent extremist threats in key countries and conflict zones in the As ...
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Non-Traditional Security Studies Year In Review 2019
The Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) released its NTS Year In Review in December 2019. This annual publication is the centre’s reflections on the events of the past year and its staff’s contemplations on issues of non-traditional security in the region and beyond. The a ...
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Mervin Kok
Adrian Chong
Amresh Lavan Gunasingham
Lee YingHui
Olli Pekka Suorsa
Christopher Chen
Muhammad Haziq Jani
Zi Yang
Julius Cesar Imperial Trajano
Nursheila Muez
Zoe Stanley Lockman