S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) was established in 2007 as an autonomous school within the Nanyang Technological University. Known earlier as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies when it was established in 1996, RSIS’ mission is to be a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific. Its three core functions are research, graduate teaching and networking activities in the Asia Pacific region. It produces cutting-edge security-related research in Asia Pacific security, conflict and non-traditional security, international political economy, and country and area studies.

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

March 20, 2014

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in the...

China is Marching West for Food

March 12, 2014

China's "Marching West" strategy has gained international attention. By Zhang Hongzhou As the United States pivots toward the east, China has launched the so-called "Marching West" strategy to avoid a direct confrontation with the Americans — a strategy first articulated by a prominent Chinese scholar, Wang Jisi.

Abe’s Call to Stand Up to China: At What Cost?

February 03, 2014

Should the world stand up to an increasingly assertive China?  By Benjamin Ho Sino-Japanese ties, strained by territorial and historical disputes, took a further beating recently after a speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which he called on the global community...

South Africa Beyond Mandela

July 19, 2013

South Africans ponder over what lies ahead in the post-Mandela years. By Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills Nelson Mandela’s leadership has been justly celebrated. He is rightly recognised as one of the great figures of our time. Many will also ask how South Africa will fare without Mandela and if...

Pakistan Imbroglio: Will its Voice be Respected?

May 30, 2013

Pakistan’s new leader, Nawaz Sharif, faces acute domestic issues and a troubled relationship with the United States and Afghanistan. His solution calls for an end to US drone attacks, and the start of talks with the Taliban. By Sajjad Ashraf

Protecting Singapore Businesses from Cyber-Espionage

May 22, 2013

Cyber-espionage is a real and growing threat to businesses and economies in Singapore. Some counter-measures can be taken by the private sector. But the government plays an important role in protecting its businesses from cyber-exploitation. By Senol Yilmaz Over the few decades, Singapore’s economy has moved up from a mere...

The Emerging Global Threat Landscape

February 24, 2013

The global threat landscape this year will be shaped by the impending withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan. Jihadists will seek to extend their activities compounded by the uprisings in the Middle East.

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