News and Events

  • Global Affairs Capstone Presentations – II

    18 March 2020 (Wed) , 12:00-2:30pm
    At Classroom 2

    The second half of the GA capstone presentations for 2020 will take place on March 18, 12noon at Classroom 2 (lunch provided)   Presentation 1 – 1205-1235 – Do Youn Lee (Supervisor: Risa Toha) Title: Gender Stereotypes and Their Effects on Women Politicians and Democracy in South Korea   Presentation 2 1235-1305 Alysha Park...

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  • Global Affairs Capstone Presentations – I

    11 March 2020 (Wed) , 12:00-2:30pm
    At Classroom 2

    The Global Affairs seniors (Class of 2020) will be presenting their capstone projects in a 2-part series. The first round of presentations will happen on March 11, starting at 12noon in Classroom 2 (lunch will be provided). Presentation 1 – 1205-1235 – Teo Qinyi (Supervisor: Chin-Hao Huang) Title:  Populism and Foreign Policy in Sout...

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  • Speaker Series – Populism in Europe: Is S...

    6 February 2020 (Thu) , 19:00
    At Performance Hall

    Join Professor of Political Science Jose Ignacio Torreblanca as he discusses the recent wave of anti-immigration and anti-EU radical-right populism in Europe and asks if Spain is an exception or not. RSVP: http://yalenus-torreblanca.eventbrite.com

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  • Book Talk: Does India Negotiate?

    5 February 2020 (Wed) , 18:00
    At LT1

    Join author Karthik Nachiappan as he talks about his new book, “Does India Negotiate?” which explores why India signs onto certain international rules but not others

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  • Visitors from the Prime Minister’s Office

    20 January 2020 (Mon)

    The Global Affairs department is proud to have hosted Deputy Director Shawn Loh and Senior Executive Regina Marie Lee from the Population Planning and Policy unit of the Prime Minister’s Office. Shawn and Regina visited Prof. Anju Paul’s Migration Policy class, where they held a conversation with her students about Singapore’s ...

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  • International Relations Dinner & Talk

    21 January 2020 (Tue)

    The Global Affairs department is pleased to have hosted a dinner conversation with Sameer Lalwani, Senior Fellow and Director at the Stimson Center, a non-partisan policy research center in Washington, DC. This conversation was hosted by Professor Yogesh Joshi as part of his IR class, and covered topics such as International Relations, Foreign P...

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  • Visit by Rwandan High Commissioner

    14 November 2019 (Thu)

    Prof. Risa Toha hosted the High Commissioner from Rwanda, Ambassador Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, in her Politics of Identity in Developing Countries module, on Thursday, November 14. The Ambassador discussed Rwanda’s post-conflict redevelopment and reconstruction efforts with the class.  

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  • Coffee Chat with NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Pub...

    23 October 2019 (Wed) , 1200PM to 2PM
    At Cafe Agora

    Join this session to meet with an LKY School admissions officer and hear insights about their Master in International Affairs (MIA) programme, discuss your eligibility to apply, as well as scholarship opportunities and the application process. Registration: Here!

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  • Migrants, Minorities and Populism in Asia

    30 October 2019 (Wed) , 600pm
    At Classroom 15

    Thomas Pepinsky is Professor of Government at Cornell University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He specializes in Indonesian and Malaysian politics and his current research focuses on the political economy of identity in Southeast Asia and beyond. He will be giving a lecture on how populists in East and Southeast Asi...

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  • Singapore’s Mother Tongue Language Progra...

    7 October 2019 (Mon) , 6:00 PM
    At Lecture Theatre 1

    Join us for a conversation with Mr. Mok Wei Wu, Curriculum Planning Officer at the Ministry of Education, on the past, present and future of Mother Tongue Language Programme in Singapore.

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  • 2nd Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs: How Dem...

    9 October 2019 (Wed) , 630pm
    At Performance Hall

    Daniel Ziblatt, the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University, will deliver the 2nd Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs, an endowed annual lecture sponsored by Professor Saw Swee Hock. He will be speaking about his award-winning book, How Democracies Die.

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  • Student Roundtable with Prof. Daniel Ziblatt

    8 October 2019 (Tue) , 12:00-1:30pm
    At Saga College Private Dining Room

    Join Harvard Professor Daniel Ziblatt for an exclusive student-led roundtable discussion on his research on “how democracies die.” Co-facilitated by Global Affairs students Jasmine Gan, Xin Ng, and Bilge Arslan. Limited to the first 15 student sign-ups. Date: 8 October Time: 12-130pm Venue: Saga College Private Dining Room

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  • Tableau GA Workshop

    18 September 2019 (Wed) , 12:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
    At Computer Lab

      Mandatory for Seniors. Juniors may join too, but note that there is a class size limit. – Tableau is a great data visualising tool which allows you to transform your data into captivating charts and maps. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to use this software to explore and display your data...

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  • Global Affairs Welcome Tea & Welcome Back

    12 September 2019 (Thu) , 6:30 PM
    At Saga Rector's Commons

    What’re the prerequisites for declaring a GA Major? What’s the difference between GA and PPE? Is GA just a fancy name for IR? Are there interdisciplinary modules I can take that count toward this major? Dear freshpeople and sophomores, bring your questions and more to this informal gathering for all prospective and current Global Aff...

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  • Data Finding GA Workshop

    11 September 2019 (Wed) , 12:30 P.M
    At Programme Room 1

    Use this workshop as a quick refresher on the wide range of data sources, datasets, and statistics available in the College Library, online, or hidden away in print collections in libraries all over the world. Learn where to look for data on country, regional, and international statistics; on market research, or company information based on...

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  • The Future is Asian

    5 September 2019 (Thu) , 6:30 PM
    At Lecture Theatre 1

    In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was Americanized. Now, in the 21st century, the world is being irreversibly Asianized. The “Asian Century” is even bigger than you think. Far greater than just China, the new Asian system taking shape is a multi-civilizational order spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan,...

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  • The Ethics of International Investment Law

    7 March 2019 (Thu) , 12-1:30pm
    At Classroom 16

    The legal regime regulating cross-border investment gives key rights to foreign investors and places significant duties on states hosting that investment. It also raises distinctive moral questions due to its potential to constrain a state’s ability to manage its economy and protect its people. Yet international investment law remains virtually ...

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  • The Rise of China: Growth and Geopolitics

    14 March 2019 (Thu) , 6:30-8:00 PM
    At Yale NUS College Performance Hall

    As China’s political, economic, and military power has increased, countries, corporations, and international organizations have faced increasing uncertainty about the security and stability of the international system. Join us for a panel discussion on the multi-dimensional causes and implications of China’s rise. RSVP: tinyurl.com/y...

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  • Closing the Gender Gap: Balancing for Better &#...

    8 March 2019 (Fri) , 6:00 PM
    At Performance Hall

    On International Women’s Day 2019 the Yale-NUS College community is going to host prof. Nirmala Rao – vice chancellor of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Prof. Rao will deliver a lecture on how the Asian University for Women works for an increased access to higher education for women in Asia. Professor Nirmala Rao...

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  • Reading Rejection: Singapore’s past and p...

    19 February 2019 (Tue) , 6:30-8:00 PM
    At Saga LT 1 (updated venue)

    Theophilus Kwek holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford University, and is a researcher in public policy and migration issues. He has written about migration policy for IRIN, Open Migration, The Diplomat, South China Morning Post, and other platforms. Most recently, he helped to organize the Global Migrant Festival. We f...

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  • Latin America Today: Challenges and Opportunities

    15 February 2019 (Fri) , 2:30-5:30 PM
    At Performance Hall

    Global Affairs department is co-sponsoring the following panel talk on Latin America. Representatives from five Latin American countries and Spain will talk about current issues in the region and how they may impact global trends such as migration, trade, climate change, and nationalism. After the presentations, there will be a Q&A session w...

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  • International Migration from India and its Econ...

    30 January 2019 (Wed) , 6:30 PM
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    On January 30th, Professor Devesh Kapur, an international migration scholar, visited Yale-NUS College. Professor Kapur currently serves as Director of Asia Programs and Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. As a part of his visit, professor Kapur gave a lecture on interna...

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  • Global Governance of Climate Change

    15 January 2019 (Tue) , 6:30 PM
    At Saga Rectors' Commons

    In November 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their most alarming report on the impacts of climate change yet. This was followed by a series of warnings coming from U.S. Government Agencies  about the dangerous trajectory of environmental destruction the Earth is currently charting. In December 2018, the United ...

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  • SEAREG-in-Asia Conference

    12 December 2018 (Wed)
    At LT1

    Two of the Global Affairs faculty, Prof. Risa Toha and Prof. Steven Oliver (together with Prof. Guillem Riambaut from Economics) are co-hosting the second SEAREG-in-Asia conference at Yale-NUS from December 11-13 in LT1 with the generous support of Yale-NUS, SEAREG, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Professor Steven Wilkinson from Yale University w...

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  • The Good Hegemon: Accountability as Justice, US...

    3 October 2018 (Wed) , 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    At Cendana Private Dining Room

    In 1993 the World Bank created a precedent under international law, opening itself up to being held to account by people negatively affected by the projects it finances in developing countries. It was the first time that a universal international organisation (IO) recognised that it had a relationship with individuals that could potentially chec...

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  • International Migration Documentary Series 2018

    30 October 2018 (Tue) , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    The International Migration Documentary Series is organized in partnership with Yale-NUS College Race, Ethnicity and Migration Group. Both screening are followed by Q&A sessions.

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  • “Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Imp...

    10 September 2018 (Mon)

    Between 10 and 11 September 2018, prof. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale School of Management and Yale Department of Economics) visited Yale-NUS College, where he presented results of his research during the Global Affairs Roundtable, and delivered the Global Affairs Annual Lecture “Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Improving Behaviours in D...

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  • The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s ...

    30 August 2018 (Thu) , 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    At At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    India is the world’s largest democracy, with more than one billion people and an economy expanding faster than China’s. But the rewards of this growth have been far from evenly shared. In his best-selling new book, The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age, James Crabtree delivers a colourful and revealing portrait of...

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  • Joshua Leong (’18) awarded the Tan Ming S...

    11 May 2018 (Fri)

    Joshua Leong (’18) is the recipient of the Tan Ming Seng Prize for his capstone project exploring the links between Chinese Studies and Global Affairs. “My capstone explores how the Chinese cultural concept of mianzi or ‘face’ influenced Chinese status seeking and China’s behaviour in bilateral relations. My inspiration was David Kan...

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  • Global Affairs Roundtables

    10 October 2019 (Thu)

    Yale-NUS students learn about Global Affairs during informal lunch discussions

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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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