Global Affairs Speakers Series

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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