Lunch Dialogue with Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan on "Understanding Singapore’s Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Relations"


Singapore’s foreign policy and relations with key global players have garnered much attention recently.

What do our business community and general public need to understand about Singapore’s fundamental national interests, so that they are better equipped to assess and react to current and future developments appropriately?

What impact will key developments in the US, Asia, and the Middle East have on Singapore’s economy and society? The Singapore business community has been encouraged to explore Southeast Asian markets and take advantage of ASEAN integration. What are the geopolitical opportunities and risks that business leaders should be aware of?


Ambassador Bilahari KAUSIKAN is currently Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. From 2001 to May 2013, Ambassador Kausikan was first the second Permanent Secretary and subsequently Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He had previously served in a variety of appointments, including as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York all attempted to educate Ambassador Kausikan.



Dr Shashi JAYAKUMAR assumed the appointment as Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) on 1 April 2015.

Dr Jayakumar was educated at Oxford University where he studied History (BA 1997, D.Phil, 2001). He has published in various peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on topics relating to medieval history (the focus of his doctorate). He has been a member of the Singapore Administrative Service since 2002. During this time, he was posted to various Ministries, including the Ministries of Defence, Manpower, Information and the Arts, and Community Development, Youth and Sports. He was from August 2011 to July 2014 a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The main focus of his research and writing there has been local society and politics. He is currently working on two book projects relating to local politics (forthcoming, 2018). His other interests include extremism, social resilience, and homeland defence.


By Invitation only.


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Friday, 25 August 2017
12.00 noon to 2.00 pm