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Cognitus Academy Lecture Series: Causes of Conflict in International Politics

Posted on: 27 May 2018

The Cognitus Academy Lecture Series aims to provide foundational knowledge about topics that are critical for the A Level General Paper (GP) examinations. Each one-hour lecture covers crucial content related to the topic and reinforces the application of these concepts on case studies of the real world. Conducted by academics, these lectures are not only intellectually rigorous, but also highly engaging.

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Causes of Conflict in International Politics

Speaker: Assistant Professor Daniel Chua (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University)

Date and Time: 2 June 2018, 3pm to 4pm

Venue: Cognitus Academy, Room 3

Brief Synopsis

Concepts covered: States and Nations; Causes of War; Conflict Resolution; International Law

Case Studies: South China Sea Disputes; Vietnam-Cambodia Conflict; Pedra Branca

Why do states go to war? This lecture answers the question by delineating the concept of states and tracing the roots of interstate conflicts. Case studies such as the ongoing South China Sea disputes, Vietnam-Cambodia Conflict (1978-1991) and the Pedra Branca dispute will be cited to explain how some conflicts persist while others achieve resolution.

About the Speaker

 Daniel Chua is Assistant Professor with the Maritime Security Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), RSIS. He is also the Deputy Head of Graduate Studies and Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO), a summer programme for senior military officers from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. He currently teaches a course on the International History of Asia in the Master of Science (Asian Studies) at RSIS. Prior to his appointment at RSIS, Daniel taught courses in Asian Studies, Strategic Studies and Military History at the Australian National University, as well as in the Australian Defence Force Academy at UNSW, Canberra. 

 Daniel’s research focuses on the history of foreign relations between the United States and Southeast Asia during the Cold War, traversing fields such as International History, Asian Studies, Cold War Studies and International Relations. His research on the history of Singapore-US relations has been published in journals such as Asian Studies Review, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and The International History Review. He is the author of US-Singapore Relations, 1965-1975: Strategic Non-alignment in the Cold War (NUS Press, 2017) and co-author of Singapore Chronicles: Diplomacy (Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press, 2015) and ASEAN 50: Regional Security Cooperation through Selected Documents (World Scientific, 2017). 

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