Cognitus Academy Lecture Series: Singapore’s Foreign and Defence Policies


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Singapore’s Foreign and Defence Policies

Speaker: Assistant Professor Daniel Chua (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University)
Date and Time: 2 June 2018, 4pm to 5pm
Venue: Cognitus Academy, Room 3

Brief Synopsis
Concepts covered: Grand Strategy; National Interests; Sovereignty; Deterrence; Diplomacy
Case Studies: Singapore’s Foreign Policy, Singapore Defence Policy

How do states develop and implement their foreign and defence policies? This lecture applies the concepts of grand strategy and national interests to account for the development of a state’s security policies under geopolitical constraints. Using Singapore as a case study, this lecture elucidates Singapore’s geopolitical limitations, outlines its national interests and examines how these interests determine its national policies.

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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