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  • Sincere Preference by Default: An Alternative T...

    22 November 2017 (Wed) , 12:00PM-1:30PM
    At Saga Private Dining Room

    What explains support in polls for single-party regimes? The dominant theoretical explanation for this phenomenon is preference falsification, in which survey respondents insincerely express support for the party due to fear. In this paper, we provide an alternative theory that does not assume insincerity. We theorize that a party label in singl...

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  • Contemporary Dynamics in India-China Relations

    14 November 2017 (Tue) , 6:30PM-8:00PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    India-China relations are undergoing a period of stress, most recently evident in the military standoff on the border with Bhutan. As both nations develop and China seeks a larger role in the world, her relations with India—whose own definition of interests is expanding—will also change, and affect the wider region. Mr. Menon will discuss these...

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: Callshop Ist...

    13 November 2017 (Mon) , 6:00PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    An understated documentary that highlights the role of Istanbul, and Turkey more broadly, as a transit point sitting at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Focusing largely on the transnational conversations that occur inside the phone booths of callshops in Istanbul, the feature documentary captures the aspirations and dreams and frustr...

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: After Spring

    9 November 2017 (Thu) , 6:00pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    An in-depth look into the day-to-day life in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Built to be a temporary refuge until the civil war was over, Zaatari is now in its sixth year. This documentary film shows two refugee families in transition and the aid workers fighting to keep the camp running....

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  • Rethinking Nuclear Strategy and Statecraft

    6 November 2017 (Mon) , 6:00pm-7:30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    What role do nuclear weapons play in U.S. grand strategy and statecraft? Given recent events in East Asia, it is hard to imagine a more important, timely, and contested issue. Strategy concerns difficult choices taken by governments and individuals facing radical uncertainty. Yet, according to the most prominent interpretation in nuclear studies...

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: Fire at Sea

    23 October 2017 (Mon) , 6:00pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    Winner of the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Fire at Sea focuses on the Italian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, contrasting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing undertaken by refugees with the seemingly quiet lives of the local is...

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  • Strategic Foresight: A (Uniquely) Singapore Story

    19 October 2017 (Thu) , 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    Singapore has never enjoyed the luxury of not planning for the future. Our acute awareness of our vulnerability as an accidental nation with few natural resources makes planning a deep part of our national DNA. But we also understand that we cannot predict the future – and therefore, cannot always perfectly plan for it. That doesn’t mean we bury...

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  • De-Mystifying ‘Sectarianism’, Understanding Sec...

    7 September 2017 (Thu) , 6.15pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Few subjects are more commonly discussed yet as woefully under-studied as Middle Eastern ‘sectarianism’. Politicians, journalists, analysts and academics obsess over ‘sectarianism’ without first attempting to formulate a coherent definition of the term. Unsurprisingly this definitional incoherence has often led to analytic incoherence. In this p...

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  • Global Governance in a Post-Liberal World

    29 August 2017 (Tue) , 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    With relative power of states shifting from the West to the East and South, the US-led liberal order is challenged. What are the key analytical frameworks to capture the dynamic processes of cooperation under power transition? Prof. Prantl argues the ongoing changes transform global governance as we know it. There is growing recourse to alternat...

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  • A Theory of Injustice in Global Trade – What ca...

    7 March 2017 (Tue) , 6.30pm – 8.00pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre

    Global supply chains (also called global value chains) are an increasingly important form of trade in the global economy. In some of these supply chains, goods are produced using slave labor. By ‘slave labor’ I mean that workers are subject to violence preventing exit, subjection to a state of contractual indebtedness due to accounting fraud or ...

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  • Debt-Financed Migration in Singapore’s Domestic...

    1 March 2017 (Wed) , 6.00pm - 7.30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre

    Debt-Financed Migration in Singapore’s Domestic Work Industry Debt-financed migration in South-East Asia is often criticised as a model that yokes migrant domestic workers to employers with onerous salary deductions. However, more recent conceptualisations of debt-financed migration have recognised how debt can both enable and constrain migrato...

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  • The ‘Other Globalization’ : The Legitimacy of I...

    18 January 2017 (Wed) , 6.00pm – 8.00pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    The ‘Other Globalization’ : The Legitimacy of Internationalization in Asia  With the UK vote to exit the European Union, the rise of populist and isolationist politicians in the U.S. and elsewhere, and a contraction in global trade, many are asking whether globalization has peaked. Just as western countries are appearing to close their border...

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  • Japan’s Security Renaissance

    21 November 2016 (Mon) , 12.00 pm – 1.15pm
    At Cendena Private Dining Hall

    Join Professor Andrew Oros for a Global Affairs-organized roundtable discussion and conversation over lunch on his forthcoming book—Japan’s Security Renaissance (Columbia University Press, 2017)—and Japan’s evolving foreign and security policy in the Asia-Pacific.

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  • Saudi Regional Interventions and their Impacts

    3 October 2016 (Mon) , 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    Professor Badawi Al-Rasheed from the Middle East Institute (MEI) at the National University of Singapore will give a talk on how the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has destabilised the Arab region since the uprisings of 2011, and impact of subsequent Saudi interventions at the domestic, regional, and global levels. Prof. Al-Rasheed will m...

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  • Costa Rica and the International Court of Justice

    11 March 2016 (Fri) , 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    At Performance Hall

    On Friday March 11, the Global Affairs Major hosted Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, A. Manuel Gonzalez Sanz. Minister Gonzalez spoke to an audience with students and distinguished guests about Costa Rica’s use of the International Court of Justice to settle a territorial dispute with Nicaragua. In his role as Minister of Foreign Affair...

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  • Terrorism, Armed Conflict, and the Dilemmas of ...

    5 April 2016 (Tue) , 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    At Saga Private Dining Hall

    Professor Sinja Graf from the Global Studies Programme in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore will give a talk on her research on terrorism and political violence. Transnational armed terrorist activities are at odds with several international legal norms. There are thus good grounds to argue that military...

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  • The Role of Global Affairs in a Liberal Arts Ed...

    10 February 2016 (Wed) , 6:30 PM - 7:50 PM
    At Yale-NUS College Performance Hall

    Professor James Levinsohn, the Director of the Jackson Instiute for Global Affairs at Yale University, will speak on the important role of Global Affairs in a contemporary liberal arts education. Professor Levinsohn’s fields of expertise are international economics, industrial organization, economic development, and applied econometrics. He is t...

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  • Global Affairs Majors Information Session

    9 March 2016 (Wed) , 12:00 pm -1:00 PM
    At Saga Rector's Commons

    The Global Affairs faculty will be holding an information session for students interested in majoring in Global Affairs. The session will be held from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on 9 March 2016. Interested students will be able to speak with the current Global Affairs faculty regarding the Global Affairs major.

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  • President Obama’s State of the Union Addr...

    28 January 2016 (Thu) , 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    At Yale-NUS College Performance Hall

    U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar delivered a talk on the recent State of the Union address by outgoing President Barack Obama as well as an assessment of contemporary U.S.-Singapore relations as the inaugural event in the new U.S. Embassy – Global Affairs Speakers Series at Yale-NUS College. This series aims to bring influential thi...

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  • Launch of the U.S. Embassy – Global Affai...

    28 January 2016 (Thu) , 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    At Yale-NUS College Performance Hall

    The new U.S. Embassy Global Affairs Speaker Series at Yale-NUS College brings influential thinkers and leaders of US policy to Singapore and the Yale-NUS College campus. Speakers address issues on a wide range of topics relating to U.S. interests such as race, security, business development and U.S. Foreign policy. Members of the public and stud...

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  • Arctic Shock: Utilizing Climate Change to Test ...

    14 December 2015 (Mon) , 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    At Classroom 2

    Professor Jonathan Nguyen Markowitz from the University of Southern California presented exciting new research that tests longstanding theories of recourse competition and conflict among states. Specifically, Professor Mark’s research leverages the unexpectedly rapid retreat of polar ice caps in response to global climate change and which ...

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  • Reputation and Tests of Resolve in Internationa...

    3 November 2015 (Tue) , 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    At Saga College Private Dining Room

    Professor Allan Dafoe of Yale University presented new research about the Chinese government’s resolve for action on the international stage. Professor Dafoe’s talk covered how the Chinese public’s support for foreign policy action, ranging from displays of aggression to the extension of controversial territorial claims, rises and falls de...

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  • Global Affairs Career Event

    29 October 2015 (Thu) , 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    At Yale-NUS Classroom 16

    Yale-NUS Global Affairs majors discussed future careers and professions at the GA Career on October 29th, 2015. The Global Affairs Head of Studies, Professor Nancy Gleason, began the session discussing the potential careers upon to Global Affairs majors right after undergraduate studies, and the advantages GA majors should emphasis while applyin...

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  • What’s at Stake in the South China Sea?

    1 September 2015 (Tue) , 12.00 PM - 1.00 PM
    At Saga Private Dining Room

    Professor David Arase from John Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies spoke  about the current South China Sea conflict. Professor Arase is a Resident Professor of International Politics at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, PRC. The talk foc...

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