American Foreign Policy and Southeast Asia’s Place in it

About the Seminar

The speaker spent a month in Washington DC in April-May 2019 interviewing scholars in think tanks, former officials and others on American foreign policy.  His seminar presentation will be based largely on these interviews.  He will explain the change in the US attitude to China in recent years which culminated in the declaration of China as a revisionist power in the strategy documents of the Trump era; the present mood in the US Administration and Congress on relations with China; President Trump’s role; different views on how the push-back against China should take place; and Southeast Asia’s place in US foreign policy.

About the Speaker

Daljit Singh is a Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and Coordinator of the Institute’s Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme. His main research interest is Southeast Asian security and the region’s interactions with the major powers. He has edited or co-edited a number of books on regional security, international relations and terrorism; and contributed op-eds in the local and international press. He is the Editor of Southeast Asian Affairs, the annual review of Southeast Asia published by ISEAS.

Daljit Singh is a Singapore national. He was educated at University of Malaya in Singapore with BA Honours in Philosophy; and at Balliol College, University of Oxford with BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Before joining ISEAS, he was in the Singapore public service: first in the Ministry of Defence where he worked on the international relations and politics of Southeast Asia as well as communist insurgencies during the Cold War era; then in the Ministry of Culture and its successor the Ministry of Information where he was Director of Information in charge of the government’s public outreach and media relations, among other things.


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Jul 18 2019


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2