The Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS)
was established in July 1996 as an autonomous research institute within the Nanyang
Technological University. IDSS was inaugurated on 30 July 1996 by Dr. Tony
Tan Keng Yam, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. Board of
Governors of IDSS includes Mr Chiang Chie Foo Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Mr Peter Ho Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc.
objectives are to:
- Conduct research on security, strategic and international issues
- Provide general and graduate education in strategic studies, international
relations and international political economy
- Promote joint and exchange programmes with similar regional and
international institutions; organise seminars/conferences on topics
salient to the strategic and policy communities of the Asia-Pacific.
Through its Working Paper Series, IDSS
Commentaries and other publications, the Institute seeks to share its research
findings with the strategic studies and defence policy communities. The
Institute's researchers are also encouraged to publish their writings in
refereed journals. The focus of research is on issues related to the security
and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and their implications for Singapore
and other countries in the region. The Institute has also established the S.
Rajaratnam Professorship in Strategic Studies (named after Singapore's
first Foreign Minister), to bring distinguished scholars to participate in the
work of the Institute. Previous holders of the Chair include Professors Stephen
Walt (Harvard University), Jack Snyder (Columbia University), Wang Jisi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Alastair Iain Johnston (Harvard University)
and John Mearsheimer (Chicago University). A Visiting Research Fellow Programme also enables overseas scholars
to carry out related research in the Institute.
The Institute provides educational
opportunities at an advanced level to professionals from both the private and
public sectors in Singapore and overseas through the Master of Science in Strategic Studies, Master
of Science in International Relations and Master of Science in International
Political Economy programmes.
The Institute also has a Doctorate
programme in Strategic Studies/International Relations. In addition to these
graduate programmes, the Institute also teaches various modules in courses
conducted by the SAFTI Military Institute, SAF Warrant Officers' School, Civil Defence Academy, Singapore
Technologies College and the Defence and Home Affairs Ministries. The Institute
also runs a one-semester course on 'The International Relations of the Asia
Pacific' for undergraduates in NTU.
The Institute has contacts and
collaborations with many think-tanks and research institutes in Asia, Europe and the United States.
The Institute has also participated in research projects funded by the Ford
Foundation and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. The Institute serves as the
Secretariat for the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
(CSCAP), Singapore. Through these activities, the Institute aims to develop and nurture a
network of researchers whose collaborative efforts will yield new insights into
security issues of interest to Singapore
and the region.
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