Forward Engagement: RSIS as a Think Tank of International Studies and Security in the Asia-Pacific by Alan Chong

Forward Engagement: RSIS as a Think Tank of International Studies and Security in the Asia-Pacific

byAlan Chong

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In many ways, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) is a microcosm of the Singapore brand of government. The DNA of Singapore's policymaking is its forward-looking nature. S. Rajaratnam's trademark is taking the long view while Lee Kuan Yew articulated his wish for leadership foresight and the admiration for 'helicopter quality' candidates in policymaking. This was how RSIS' mission began under the stewardship of the late President S. R. Nathan. RSIS began (as IDSS — i.e., the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies) in 1996 as a form of policymakers' clairvoyant on security matters. To date, it is Singapore's 'frontline' think tank on Asia-Pacific security, counter-terrorism, inter-religious dialogue and non-traditional security threats. The contributors in this edited volume, Forward Engagement: RSIS as a Think Tank of International Studies and Security in the Asia-Pacific, are the stalwarts of the RSIS mission for the past 20 years and the leading lights for the RSIS of the 21st century. These are their reflections for posterity as well as their forward projections for their quasi-diplomatic and intellectual roles in the service of Singapore's national security.

Contents:

  • Dedication

  • Introduction

  • Twenty Years of Diplomacy and Scenario Studies:

    • The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at 20: Enhancing Intellectual Capital and Quiet Diplomacy (Alan Chong)
    • Research at RSIS (Joseph Chinyong Liow)
    • The Role and Place of RSIS in Multilateralism (Tan See Seng)
    • RSIS and Research on the South China Sea (Ralf Emmers)
    • CENS and the Whole-of-Government Approach (Kumar Ramakrishna)
    • RSIS at 20: The Policy/Academic Nexus (Barry Desker)
  • Thinking and Changing: Strategic Research and the Improbable:

    • CENS, National Security, and Their Futures (Shashi Jayakumar)
    • International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) — Securing the Lion City: Fighting Back (Rohan Gunaratna)
    • Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding: The Urgency of Inter-Religious Dialogue (Mohamed Alami Musa, Paul Hedges, and Mohamed Ali)
    • Singapore's Digital Defence (Benjamin Ang and Tan Teck Boon)
    • The Non-Traditional Security Challenges of Climate Change, Food Security, and Humanitarian Disasters (Mely Caballero-Anthony)
    • Track Two Diplomacy: The Untiring Relevance of CSCAP (Kwa Chong Guan)
    • NADI: Supporting ADMM and Promoting Defence Diplomacy (Tan Seng Chye)
    • Leveraging Civilian Academia for Professional Military Education (Jimmy Tan Cheng Yaw)
    • RSIS, Military Education, and Defence Diplomacy (Eddie Lim and Daniel Chua)
    • Envisioning The RSIS Commentary: Forum for Thought Leadership on Strategic Issues (Yang Razali Kassim and Mushahid Ali)
    • Some Reflections on PhD Education and Careers (Friedrich Wu)
  • Conclusion: Beginning, Change, and Future: The RSIS Way (Ong Keng Yong)

  • Afterword

  • Acknowledgements

  • List of Abbreviations

  • About the Editor

  • List of Contributors

Readership: Students and professionals in international studies and security studies.
Key Features:

  • This book presents the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as a microcosm of the Singapore brand of government and policy-making where forward-looking is part of the school's DNA
  • This book charts the history and developments of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as a frontline think tank on issues of Asia-Pacific security, counter-terrorism, inter-religious dialogue and non-traditional security threats
  • This book is a collection of thought pieces by experts in the respective fields of international studies and security in the Asia-Pacific
Title:Forward Engagement: RSIS as a Think Tank of International Studies and Security in the Asia-PacificFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 27, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813208481

ISBN - 13:9789813208483

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