Singapore Chronicles is a series launched in conjunction with the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence, This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore, by providing analysis as well as historical accounts on a variety of uniquely Singaporean topics.
‘Singapore Chronicles – Diplomacy‘ shows how Singapore has dealt with many daunting challenges: separation from Malaysia; Independence; Communist insurgency; racial tensions; confrontation with immediate neighbours; wars in Southeast Asia; oil shocks and financial crises; the waxing and waning of major powers; and terrorism, pandemics and transboundary pollution – and how diplomacy has played a significant part in Singapore’s success story abroad over the past 50 years. Singapore’s diplomacy has distinctively combined the characteristics of overcoming vulnerability; linking national security with economic development; being proactive in international affairs; and emphasising cooperation with multiple partners. The book also derives lessons from the past half-century that can help Singapore develop even more agile diplomatic responses and far-sighted strategic planning.
Last updated on 23/07/2020