2015/16 IPS-Nathan Lectures: Lecture II (US-China Relations)


The series of 2015/16 IPS-Nathan Lectures is titled “Dealing with an Ambiguous World”.

The second lecture gives an overview of US-China relations, which have set the tone for how East Asia has conducted its international relations. The US-China relationship has been among the most complex of the post-Cold War adjustments underway. The lecture will examine the basic factors that define the parameters of the adjustments and in this context also examine the roles of Japan, Russia and India. It will also examine the South China Sea issue as a proxy for US-China adjustments.


Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is currently Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Singapore. From 2001 to May 2013, he was the Second Permanent Secretary and subsequently the Permanent Secretary of MFA. He retired in June 2013 after 33 years in the public sector.

Ambassador Kausikan held a variety of appointments in the MFA, such as Director for Southeast Asia, Director for East Asia and the Pacific and Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia. He was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1995 to 1998 and Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1994 to 1995.

He has been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) by the Singapore government. He was also awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins with the rank of Gran Cruz by the President of the Republic of Chile and the Oman Civil Merit Order by the Sultan of Oman.

Ambassador Kausikan was educated at Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.




For enquiries, please contact Ms Nur Zahidah at tel: 6601-1420, or email:

Thursday, 25 February 2016
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Registration and light refreshments from 5.00 pm)

Auditorium 2, Stephen Riady Centre Level 1, University Town, National University of Singapore