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Singapore Is Still Not An Island: More Views on Singapore Foreign Policy

Publisher: Straits Times Press
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  • Retired Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan gives his perspectives on regional and global developments that pertain to Singapore’s foreign policy.

    “Diplomacy is not about being nice, polite or agreeable. It is fundamentally about protecting and promoting the country’s interests, preferably by being nice but, if necessary, by other appropriate means.”
    —Bilahari Kausikan

    A first collection of essays and public speeches, covering the period from Singapore’s independence in 1965 to 2017, was published under the title Singapore Is Not An Island.

    This second collection of articles and speeches builds on this and covers events up to 2023.

    Sharing his strategic insights through various essays, talks and papers, Bilahari shows why and how Singapore and Asean should navigate the new strategic environment. Global and regional issues are examined through the realistic lens of Singapore’s foreign policy interests.

  • “Bilahari is one of the finest minds we have had in Singapore’s public service. His unvarnished, if not provocative, analysis of foreign policy trends is refreshing especially for what they portend for Singapore.”
    —Prof S. Jayakumar, Former Senior Minister (2009-2011), Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2009) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (1994-2004), Singapore

  • Bilahari Kausikan is a veteran Singapore diplomat who retired in 2013, after serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for 32 years. He was Second Permanent Secretary and subsequently Permanent Secretary of MFA from 2001 to 2013. He is now Ambassador-at-Large. Bilahari is known nationally and internationally for his strategic analyses, and has a following in international foreign policy circles. He has also established a reputation in social media circles, especially among young Singaporeans.

ISBN: 9789815081107
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 384
Year Published: 2023
Size: 227mm x 152mm
Language: English