THE LITTLE RED DOTREFLECTIONS BY SINGAPORES DIPLOMATSVOLUME I

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The Little Red Dot

Author : Tommy Thong Bee Koh
ISBN : 9789812564146
Genre : Political Science
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2005 was the 40th anniversary of Singapore's independence. This collection of essays by Singapore's past and present diplomats tells the remarkable story of how this small and vulnerable country has become a stable, prosperous and respected member of the international community. The essays include those from the late President Wee Kim Wee and President S R Nathan as well as seminal contributions from the four former Foreign Ministers -- Mr S Rajaratnam, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Wong Kan Seng and Professor S Jayakumar. The current Foreign Minister, Mr George Yeo, has written the foreword. The absorbing stories about people, places and international politics make this book a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore, its history, and foreign policy.In the stories contained in this book you will find and discover: which other Q (quotient), besides IQ (intellectual quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient), a successful diplomat needshow our diplomats helped to look after and evacuate Singaporeans in dangerous situationshow our diplomats have been able to overcome the size of our country and punch above our weightwhy the burial of a buffalo head, with our diplomats acting as gravediggers, was of paramount significance to our embassy in Indonesiaabout the 24/7 schedules that our foreign service desk officers keep, sleeping with handphones in their pyjamasthe advantage of being a lady Ambassador in a man's worldthe power of ideas and friends in diplomacy
Category: Political Science

Little Red Dot The Reflections By Singapore S Diplomats

Author : Koh Tommy
ISBN : 9789814468077
Genre : Political Science
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This is the sequel to the bestselling book, The Little Red Dot, published in 2005. While the first volume consisted of a collection of essays by Singapore's first- and second-generation diplomats, this second volume contains essays written by the third generation of young ambassadors. The Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Raymond Lim, has contributed the Foreword. Written in an entertaining and accessible manner, this book is a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore current affairs and in the art and science of diplomacy. It contains many inspiring stories which have not been told before.
Category: Political Science

Economic Diplomacy

Author : Chin L. Lim
ISBN : 9789814324632
Genre : Political Science
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Singapore, a small country with limited resources, has nevertheless played a significant role in regional and global trade negotiations. Its negotiators possess a wealth of knowledge and experiences and yet few have told their story. This book is a collection of sixteen essays by authors who have been closely involved in trade negotiations including GATT/WTO and bilateral free trade agreements. They share their experiences in such negotiations, how they promoted national interests and advanced the global trade agenda. It will appeal to readers who are interested in how international economic diplomacy is conducted, and Singapore's role and perspective as an open trading nation.
Category: Political Science

Singapore Asean And The Cambodian Conflict 1978 1991

Author : Ang Cheng Guan
ISBN : 9789971697044
Genre : Political Science
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This important study of the shifting diplomatic efforts around the response to and resolution of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia is based on the records of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, a key player in the complex diplomacy in the region at the end of the Cold War. The study provides a detailed account of the policies and decision-making of Singapore, as well as the diplomatic maneuverings of the other major parties and powers involved in the Cambodia conflict. It details one member country's input into the process of defining and developing a collective ASEAN position, a process which was formative for future diplomatic efforts by the regional grouping. Ang makes use of a variety of sources contemporary to the period under study, as well as records which have become available post-1991. The use of detailed records from one of the Southeast Asian players is a first for the study of the region's diplomacy. The book describes Singapore's role and illustrate how Singapore's management of the Cambodian issue was shaped by the fundamentals of Singapore's foreign policy. The account also reveals the dynamics of intra-ASEAN relations, as well as ASEAN's foreign relations in the context of the Cambodia problem.
Category: Political Science

The Contemporary Embassy

Author : Kishan S. Rana
ISBN : 9781137340832
Genre : Political Science
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This innovative study considers why embassies today are especially relevant to the international system, examining the new representation options and global diplomacy techniques in an information age. Rana uniquely presents perspectives from developing states and analyses how embassies can improve their modes of function.
Category: Political Science

The Tommy Koh Reader

Author : Tommy T. B. Koh
ISBN : 9814571075
Genre : Law
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Professor Tommy Koh is Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rector of Tembusu College, Special Adviser of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. In his distinguished career, Prof Koh has served as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as Ambassador to the United States of America, as President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. He was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. He was also Singapore's Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He was also the chairman of the group which drafted the Asean Charter. He chairs three committees for the National University of Singapore relating to law, Asia research and environmental management. An active patron of the arts, Prof Koh has served as Chairman of the National Heritage Board, National Arts Council and many other cultural groups. In recognition of his meritorious public service and achievements, he was conferred many honours, both locally and internationally. He has been named as 'Champion of the Earth' in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Prof Koh has been selected to receive Harvard's 2014 Great Negotiator Award sponsored by the Program on Negotiation based at Harvard Law School (an interuniversity consortium of Harvard, MIT, and Tufts) as well as Harvard's Program on the Future of Diplomacy. This collection of Prof Koh's favourite essays and lectures gives the reader an insight into his illustrious academic and diplomatic career. The volume also includes his articles on diplomacy and international law, art, culture, heritage, nature and environmental issues.
Category: Law

Singapore In The Malay World

Author : Lily Zubaidah Rahim
ISBN : 9781134013968
Genre : Political Science
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Relations between Singapore and her immediate Malay neighbours have been perennially fraught with tension and misunderstanding. In making sense of this complex relationship, Lily Rahim explores the salience of historical animosities and competitive economic pressures, and Singapore’s janus-faced security and foreign economic policy orientation and ‘regional outsider’ complex. Focusing on Singapore’s relations with Malaysia, the book also examines the Indonesian dimension in bilateral relations. It highlights the paradoxical similarities in the nation-building approaches of Singapore and Malaysia. The author reflects critically on sensitive issues such as the rhetoric and reality of meritocracy and multiracialism in Singapore, and analyses the city-state’s weak regional soft power credentials and reputation as a political laggard despite its economic achievements. Incorporating perspectives and frameworks from the disciplines of comparative politics, area studies, international relations, political economy and history, this multidisciplinary study offers groundbreaking insights into the way in which the neighboring states of Singapore and Malaysia see themselves, each other, the region and beyond. This book will be of particular interest to keen observers of Southeast Asian politics.
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50 Years Of Singapore Europe Relations

Author : Lay Hwee Yeo
ISBN : 9789814675581
Genre : Political Science
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As Singapore enters its 50th year of independence, it is a good time to reflect on its past as well as look to the future. 50 Years of Singapore-Europe Relations: Celebrating Singapore's Connections with Europe is one such contribution to the wide collection of books commemorating Singapore's 50th birthday. The essays and articles in this edited volume capture historical moments, reveal the heartfelt wishes and thoughtful comments of Europeans who have made Singapore their home, chronicle some of the long-standing partnerships and ponder the future challenges of Singapore. This unique book contains a wide range of essays and articles reflecting on the strong connections that Singapore enjoys with Europe, not only at the official level, but also through the contributions that Europeans and European companies have made — and continue to make — which enrich Singaporean society. These essays provide a kaleidoscope of views on Singapore — they explore how close ties and partnerships are forged between nations, how businesses see Singapore as a trustworthy partner and place to invest and establish roots, and, at a more personal level, the articles also present different perspectives on the strengths, and at times, the weaknesses of Singapore as viewed through the eyes of Europeans who live and work in Singapore and consider it as their home. In commemorating Singapore's 50th birthday, this book will add to the understanding of the richness and diversity of Singapore society, and help readers appreciate and reflect on how openness and connectivity have contributed to the success of Singapore in its first 50 years. Contents:Introduction: Celebrating Singapore's Connections with Europe — 50 Years and More (Yeo Lay Hwee)Connections and Reflections — Multi-dimensional Facets of Singapore-Europe Relations:Singapore and Europe: 50 Years of Relations (K Shanmugam)Europe's Contributions to Singapore's Contemporary Culture (Michael Pulch)Reflectiing on Singapore's Contributions to Europe (Yeo Lay Hwee)1965 and 2015, Europe and Singapore: Some Changes and Constants in a Cultural Geography Perspective (Barnard Turner)Debunking Some "Euromyths" — Understanding the European Union (EU) and Its Connections to Singapore (Loke Hoe Yeong)The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): A Bridge between East and West (Goh Chok Tong)Singapore and the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) (Tommy Koh and Peggy Kek)Singapore, Germany and the European Union — Political Dialogue for Closer Cooperation and Mutual Understanding (Wilhelm Hofmeister)Enduring Bilateral Ties:Belgians in Singapore: Helping to Write the City-State's (Hi)story (Gerard Cockx)The Mermaid and the Merlion — 50 Years with Denmark and Singapore (Written by Mathilde Moyell Juul (commissioned by Royal Danish Embassy)Preserving the Excellent Connection between Finland and Singapore through the Young Generation (Tuukka Väisänen)Cultural and Scientific Cooperation between Italy and Singapore (Contribution from the Embassy of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute)Singapore and Luxembourg: Small Partners, Big Visions! (Contribution from the Luxembourg Embassy)Singapore and the Netherlands: Building the Future Together (Katrijn de Ronde, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)Polish People in Singapore: The Foundation of Strong Singapore-Poland Relations (Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz and Katarzyna Kryczka)Singapore and Slovakia — Friendly Countries with a Strong Story (Michal Slivovič)From Commerce and Industry to Education and Science:From Central Europe to Singapore: Bata and Bat'a (Tomáš Smetánka)From Palm Oil to Consumer Goods' Giant (Benjamin Felix van Roij)Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) — A Singapore Story with European Roots (Benjamin Felix van Roij)Siemens in Singapore — Building Partnerships (Contribution from Siemens and Excel Marco)Science and Research Collaboration between Singapore and Europe (Bertil Andersson and Tony Mayer)Engineering the Future: Academic Excellence between Germany and Singapore (Contribution from TUM Asia (Technische Universität München Asia)Irish Connections — Ireland's Intrepid Educationalists in Singapore (Rosemary Lim)NUS' Connections with Europe: Our Students' Experience with European Partners (Anne Pakir)People Matter(s):Brother Joseph McNally: Son of Ballintubber, Ireland and Singapore (Molly Hennigan and Cheryl Julia Lee)Dr Albert Winsemius: A Dutchman among Singapore's Pioneers (Benjamin Felix van Roij)The Polish Professor Who "Maps our Brains" — Prof Dr Wieslaw L Nowiński (Charles Chia)Art and Science in Singapore in the Last 15 Years — A Personal Journey and Reflection (Isabelle Desjeux)Beppe De Vito — The Italian Restaurateur (Charles Chia)From Croatia to Singapore: Marko Kraljević's Journey (Dexter Lee) Readership: General readers who are interested in looking back at the varied dimensions and aspects of ties between Singapore and Europe over the years; students of political science, international relations and European Studies. Key Features:Contains a great variety of contributions, with reader-friendly textsProvides insights into and an overview of long-established Singapore-based companies with European rootsContains accessible insights into diplomatic and inter-regional relations, including ASEM/ASEF by ESM Goh Chok Tong and Ambassador-at-Large Tommy KohSuitable for a range of readers, from the inquisitive general reader to the specialistTimely publication to coincide with and celebrate Singapore's 50th anniversary of independenceKeywords:Singapore;50th Anniversary–Singapore;Diplomacy;Connections;Singapore-European Union Relations;ASEAN-EU;Asia-Europe Meeting;Singapore-EU Business Connections
Category: Political Science

Explaining Pakistan S Foreign Policy

Author : Aparna Pande
ISBN : 9781136818943
Genre : Political Science
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Pakistan has over the decades become a hotbed for the terrorist ideology often referred to as Jihadism. This book investigates the underlying principles of Pakistan’s foreign policy from 1947 until the present day, and explains the rise of Jihadism as an offshoot of Pakistan’s security concerns. The book goes on to discuss that from its inception as a separate state, Pakistan’s foreign policy focused on ‘seeking parity’ with India and ‘escaping’ from an Indian South Asian identity. The desire to achieve parity with its much larger neighbour led Pakistan to seek the assistance and support of allies. The author analyses the relationship Pakistan has with Afghanistan, United States, China and the Muslim world, and looks at how these relationships are based on the desire that military, economic and diplomatic aid from these countries would bolster Pakistan’s meagre resources in countering Indian economic and military strength. The book presents an interesting contribution to South Asian Studies, as well as studies on International Relations and Foreign Policy.
Category: Political Science