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SAFTI MI Commandant Visit to SAFTI SC - 31 Dec 14
SAFTI MI Commandant Visit to SAFTI SC - 31 Dec 14

Commandant SAFTI MI RADM Giam Hock Koon visited the Security Troopers at the SAFTI MI Guardroom to thank them for their continued support in protecting and upholding the high standard of safety in SAFTI MI on New Year's Eve, 31 Dec 14. 


05 Nov 2014

Dr Ahmed S Hashim

Associate Professor of Strategic Studies & Deputy Coordinator, Military Studies Programme

S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

The Evolution of ISIS : From Al-Qaeda Affiliate to the Caliphate

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) recent decision to create and declare an Islamic caliphate is fraught with uncertainty. A brilliant move? Or a major blunder? Evolving from an offshoot of Al-Qaeda to an entity heavily embroiled in the Syrian Civil War, ISIS succeeded in building a so-called Islamic mini-state, vis-a-vis fighting the Syrian government and other jihadist groups. From its origins in its splinter from Al-Qaeda to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s decision to re-immerse the organization into the Iraqi turmoil by taking advantage of Sunni disgruntlement with the Shia-dominated government of Nuri al-Maliki; the conflict in Syria and Iraq has implications for the rest of the world. Why? Simply because there is a large number of foreign fighters; many of whom come from Southeast Asia. What dangers would these foreign fighters from Southeast Asia pose to the region should they return?


14 Aug 2014

Dr Evan Resnick

Associate Professor & Coordinator of US Programmes

S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

The Evolution of ISIS : From Al-Qaeda Affiliate to the Caliphate

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) recent decision to create and declare an Islamic caliphate is fraught with uncertainty. A brilliant move? Or a major blunder? Evolving from an offshoot of Al-Qaeda to an entity heavily embroiled in the Syrian Civil War, ISIS succeeded in building a so-called Islamic mini-state, vis-a-vis fighting the Syrian government and other jihadist groups. From its origins in its splinter from Al-Qaeda to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s decision to re-immerse the organization into the Iraqi turmoil by taking advantage of Sunni disgruntlement with the Shia-dominated government of Nuri al-Maliki; the conflict in Syria and Iraq has implications for the rest of the world. Why? Simply because there is a large number of foreign fighters; many of whom come from Southeast Asia. What dangers would these foreign fighters from Southeast Asia pose to the region should they return?

The US-China Relationship : Its Impact on Singapore’s Defence Security

Since late 2011, the Obama Administration has pursued a policy of rebalancing to Asia-Pacific which comprises an array of important military, economic, and diplomatic initiatives. Critics of the rebalance have asserted that the policy represents little more than a nascent attempt by the US to contain a rising China. Although this charge is inaccurate to the extent that successive US administrations have consistently striven to deter Chinese expansionism since the early 1950s, it persuasively points to a subtle intensification of this strategy that has occurred since the end of the Cold War and which has picked up steam under the Obama Administration. This strategy of “creeping containment” is ill-advised because it not only weakens US deterrent credibility and thereby raises the probability of a direct confrontation between the US and PRC, but it also does so on terms that increasingly favor the latter. Obama Administration officials should carefully revisit the actions of their Cold War predecessors, who by carefully circumscribing the security perimeter they drew around the Soviet Union, not only strengthened US deterrent credibility but also weakened Soviet motivations to commit aggression in the first place by conciliating Moscow’s most profound insecurities. Although a re-calibration of US security interests in East Asia would impact Washington's relationship with several countries in the region, this should not be the case with Singapore, owing to the city-state's enormous geopolitical salience.


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