Regional Strategic & Political Studies

The RSPS programme focuses on the dynamics of political change within the regional states and also studies strategic issues in the Southeast Asian region and the wider Asia Pacific. The focus has been on the security and stability of the region as well as the region’s relationship with major powers.

The programme organises workshops, conferences and seminars; produces books, articles and working papers; and publishes the internationally refereed journal Contemporary Southeast Asia three times a year. The journal covers topics on regionalism, security and strategic affairs, domestic political developments, and international relations relevant to Southeast Asia. The programme also publishes Southeast Asian Affairs, an annual review of Southeast Asia which is regarded as a flagship publication of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

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ASEAN, China, America and the South China Sea Dispute
For more information, please contact Ian Storey at

Contemporary Southeast Asian Issues
For more information, please contact Mr Daljit Singh:

Singapore and the Arctic
For more information, please contact Dr Ian Storey at

Today’s Philippines
For more information, please contact Dr Aries Arugay:

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