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APPSMO 2019

The 21st Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO 2019) was held at Singapore’s Village Hotel Changi from 29 July to 4 August 2019. It was organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and its component Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS). More than 50 senior military officers and defence officials from over 20 countries, ...

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RECENT BOOKS BY STAFF
Allies of Convenience: A Theory of Bargaining in U.S. Foreign Policy

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Civic Multiculturalism in Singapore: Revisiting Citizenship, Rights and Recognition

This book is about multiculturalism, broadly defined as the recognition, respect and accommodation of cultural differences. Teo proposes a framework of multicultural denizenship that includes group-specific rights and intercultural dialogue, by problematising three issues: a) the unacknowledge ...

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Southeast Asia after the Cold War: A Contemporary History

International relations in Southeast Asia after 1990 can be understood in terms of a United States dominated security order, and the regional structure created by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). But as the Cold War recedes further into the past, that order is increasingly u ...

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Singapore Chronicles: PAP

This book discusses the inception, evolution and longevity of the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has governed Singapore since 1959. It describes seminal events in the party’s history and its role in Singapore’s political life, including the split with the communists within the party and th ...

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2nd APPSMO Distinguished Alumni Speaker’s Lecture
On 29 July 2019, RSIS held the second Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO) Distinguished Alumni Speaker’s Lecture. Inaugurated as part of the 20th APPSMO celebrations, this speakers’ series invited APPSMO Alumni who have distinguished themselves over the year ...
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Geopolitical Dynamics and International Order: A European Perspective
Dr Volker Perthes, Distinguished Visitor, RSIS and Executive Chairman and Director of SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany, spoke on “Geopolitical Dynamics and International Order: A European Perspective” at the S. T. ...
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The Role and Future of Religion in Politics
Prof John Esposito, S. Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies and University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, delivered an RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture on the topic “The Role and Future of Religion in Politics” on 10 July ...
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RSIS Alumni Dinner 2019
The annual RSIS Alumni Dinner was held on 26 July 2019 at Hilton Singapore attended by 160 RSIS alumni, faculty, and staff. In addition to the usual networking, this year’s dinner saw the transition of leadership for the RSIS Alumni Association (RAA) Executive Committee. Amb Ong Keng Yo ...
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Dynamics of the Korean Peninsula Post Trump-Kim Summit at Singapore
On 23 August, RSIS and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Singapore co-hosted a workshop on “Understanding the Dynamics of the Korean Peninsula since the First Trump-Kim Summit” at the Marina Mandarin Singapore. Amb Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS, and Amb Ahn Young ...
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RSIS Celebrates World Humanitarian Day, 2019
This year the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) at RSIS organised an annual series of events to commemorate the World Humanitarian Day. It started with hosting the RSIS Workshop 2019 titled “Realising AS ...
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China and Regionalism in Asia
The China Programme of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS, organised a workshop titled “China and Regionalism in Asia” at the NTU Campus Clubhouse on 7 August 2019. Twelve scholars from various countries — including China, India, the Philippines, Singapore and the United Stat ...
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Singapore Humanitarian Network (SHINE) Workshop 2019
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme of the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) hosted the Singapore Humanitarian Network (SHINE) Workshop on 31 July 2019. This workshop brought together academics focused on the study of humanitarianism in ...
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RSIS Day 2019
More than 200 staff and students gathered on 25 July 2019 to celebrate RSIS’ 23rd anniversary, at the Hive at Nanyang Technological University. The annual RSIS Day commemorates its establishment on 30 July 1996 as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (as it was then known) ...
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Workshop on China and the Indo-Pacific Regional Security Architecture
In recent times, Chinese President Xi Jinping has often called for China to take the lead in establishing a new regional security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region. To that end, Beijing has reinvigorated its regional diplomacy to shape the multilateral agenda in a manner that better supp ...
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Timor-Leste: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Referendum
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste, Dr Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares, gave an RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture titled “Timor-Leste: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Referendum from Past to Present” on 8 July 2019 at [email protected] Dr Dionisio ...
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Asia-Pacific and World Order: Security, Economics, Identity, and Beyond
RSIS and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CoHASS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) jointly hosted the International Studies Association (ISA) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2019 from 4 to 6 July 2019 at [email protected] This is the third ISA Asia-Pacific Regional Co ...
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ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop in Singapore
From 13 to 17 July 2019, 80 students from 13 regional countries visited Singapore for the second part of the 7th ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop. Organised by the Seoul-based ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC), the first phase of the programme was held in the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 8 ...
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The Global Expansion of the Islamic State: The Rising Threat to Asia
Prof Rohan Gunaratna delivered a lecture on “The Global Expansion of the Islamic State: The Rising Threat to Asia” on 28 June 2019, at the RSIS Lecture Theatre. The event was chaired by Mr Eddie Lim, Senior Fellow and Head of the Military Studies Programme. Prof Gunaratna began by traci ...
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