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Tommy Koh Serving Singapore And The World

Author : Yeo Lay Hwee
ISBN : 9789813222403
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book aims to celebrate the many contributions of Professor Tommy Koh as a Singaporean diplomat, public intellectual and social changemaker. It is an account of the ideas and ideals of an extraordinary Singaporean public servant who was not only born with the talent and ability to traverse many areas of society, but one who, when given the opportunity, had the drive and ambition to make the most of it to create a better world for Singaporeans and the global community. Experts in the various fields of endeavour and people who have worked with him examine his significant contributions in essays that are organised in four main sections: Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law; and a fifth section that features tributes contributed by his colleagues and former classmates. Set in the context of Singapore — a nation known for its socio-economic progress, its ability to punch above its own weight in international relations, as well as its increasing appreciation for heritage, the arts, and sustainable development — this book illustrates the power of the individual and sense of agency that can create the systems and structures to achieve all those things. The story of Professor Tommy Koh as captured in this book should energise other change agents to go out and create the progressive, inclusive and sustainable world they want. An inspirational collection for general readers, this book reflects the spirit of Singapore's pioneer generation whose determination and tenacity turned the nation into the modern-day miracle that Singapore is today. Contents: Diplomacy and International Relations: Diplomacy, International Relations and Singapore's Foreign Policy (Yeo Lay Hwee)A Professor and His International Stage (Ong Keng Yong)The Master Multilateral Diplomat: The Seven Pillars of Tommy Koh's Wisdom (Kishore Mahbubani)Tommy Koh: The Master Distiller and His Legacy as a Negotiator (Daren Tang)Singapore's Envoy to the United States (1984–1990) (Chan Heng Chee)Engaging China and the China-Singapore Forum (Lye Liang Fook)Keeping the Kizuna Strong (Chang Li Lin)Professor Tommy Koh's Contributions to APEC (Manu Bhaskaran)Regional Integration for Peace, Prosperity and People: Tommy Koh and Europe (Yeo Lay Hwee)A Founding Vision to Connect the Peoples of Asia and Europe (Peggy Kek)Expertise, Personality, Persistence: Different Diplomatic Tracks and Tommy Koh (Simon SC Tay)The Arts, Culture and Heritage: Tommy Koh and the Ideal of a Well-Lived Life (Kwok Kian-Woon)Tommy Koh and the Arts (Khor Kok Wah)Tommy Koh on the Censorship Review Committee 1991–1992 (Koh Buck Song)A Heart for the Written Word (Paul Tan)Tommy Koh: A Faithful Friend to Artists (Jeremy Monteiro)Tommy Koh: A Champion of Heritage and Museums (Kenson Kwok)Tommy Koh and "The Artist, The State and The Market" (Kwok Kian Chow)My "Historical" Encounters with Professor Tommy Koh (Tan Tai Yong)Best Chairman, Cultural Diplomat and Heritage Champion (Michael Koh)Tommy Koh: A Reader and a Gentleman (Elaine Ng)A Master Himself (Danny Yeo)Progressive Society: Progressive Society: Tommy Koh's Imprints (Gillian Koh)Against the Tide (Donald Low)Professor Tommy Koh and the Nature Society (Singapore) (1990–1995) (Wee Yeow Chin)Professor Tommy Koh's Green Legacy (Geh Min)The Art of Making In

The Tommy Koh Reader

Author : Tommy Koh
ISBN : 9789814571111
Genre : Law
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Professor Tommy Koh is Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rector of Tembusu College, Special Adviser of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. In his distinguished career, Prof Koh has served as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as Ambassador to the United States of America, as President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. He was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. He was also Singapore's Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He was also the chairman of the group which drafted the Asean Charter. He chairs three committees for the National University of Singapore relating to law, Asia research and environmental management. An active patron of the arts, Prof Koh has served as Chairman of the National Heritage Board, National Arts Council and many other cultural groups. In recognition of his meritorious public service and achievements, he was conferred many honours, both locally and internationally. He has been named as ‘Champion of the Earth’ in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Prof Koh has been selected to receive Harvard's 2014 Great Negotiator Award sponsored by the Program on Negotiation based at Harvard Law School (an interuniversity consortium of Harvard, MIT, and Tufts) as well as Harvard's Program on the Future of Diplomacy. This collection of Prof Koh's favourite essays and lectures gives the reader an insight into his illustrious academic and diplomatic career. The volume also includes his articles on diplomacy and international law, art, culture, heritage, nature and environmental issues. Contents:Family and FriendsMilestones of Life and CareerSingaporeDiplomacyLawArt, Culture and HeritageNature and the Environment Readership: General readers. Keywords:Tommy Koh;Singapore;DiplomacyReviews: “Read the book if you are interested in finding out about Singapore's diplomatic efforts, about foreign relations, or the man himself, Tommy Koh. It gives a good insight and picture of the man through his work. He writes simply and clearly and is able to impart knowledge without being imposing. It is a surprisingly easy read as a result and since it is a mixture of shorter and longer essays, it is possible to just dip in if the reader simply wants something light, or take more time over a longer and more serious essay.” Establishment Post “Koh's writing radiates wisdom. His optimistic, ethical take on diplomacy helps explain why Singapore easily outshines most of its Southeast Asian rivals.” South China Morning Post “The collection of Prof Tommy Koh′s speeches and written works is a partial glimpse of one of Singapore′s most versatile, accomplished and outspoken son. It does cover a range of the causes he has championed.” The Star Online

Asia And Europe

Author : Yeo Lay Hwee
ISBN : 9789814492423
Genre : Business & Economics
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Asia's and Europe's discovery of each other dates back several hundred years and has undergone tremendous transformation. Their engagement was coloured by the history of colonialism, and interrupted by the heat of the Cold War. However, an important step to chart an equal partnership and deepen engagement was taken with the launch of the Asia-Europe Meeting in March 1996. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) appeared the following year as the most concrete manifestation of this newfound engagement and as an attempt to engage the civil societies of the two regions. Professor Tommy Koh, a distinguished and well-respected diplomat of our time, is Singapore's foremost “Americanist”, having spent about two decades in America, serving as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States. When he turned “Europeanist” on being appointed the Executive Director of ASEF, many of his admirers were surprised, but they had no doubts that his diplomatic skills and international stature make him the ideal person to bridge the gap between Asia and Europe. This collection of essays and speeches by Professor Tommy Koh were delivered and written in his capacity as the Executive Director of ASEF. It contains his thoughts on the three pillars of Asia-Europe relations: politics, economics, and civil society. Readers will find in this book his assessment of some of the key trends shaping the emerging world order and some crucial events affecting the transformation of Asia and Europe. He points to synergies between the two continents but does not hesitate to note differences in outlook which have to be recognised and respected. This book is an interesting contribution to the growing literature on a new partnership in the making. Tommy Koh is a Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large and the Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation. He has previously served as Dean of the Law Faculty of NUS, Ambassador to the United Nations, the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has chaired the Law of the Sea Conference and the Earth Summit. He has headed a Singapore think-tank, The Institute of Policy Studies, and served as the first Chairman of the National Arts Council. He has also served the UN as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, and the World Trade Organisation as the Chairman of two dispute panels. Contents:Asia and Europe in an Emerging New World OrderBuilding Bridges: Business Ties, Cultural Exchange and Intellectual DialogueCrisis and Change within Asia and Europe: Implications for Asia–Europe RelationsA New Asia and a New EuropeThe Bridge-Builder: The Asia–Europe Foundation Readership: General. Keywords:Asia;Europe;ASEM;ASEF;EU;Civil Society;Partnership;Cultural;International Relations;ASEAN

The South China Sea Disputes And Law Of The Sea

Author : S. Jayakumar
ISBN : 9781783477272
Genre : Law
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South China Sea Disputes And Law Of The Sea explores in great detail the application of specific provisions of UNCLOS and how the framework of international law applies to the South China Sea. Offering a comprehensive analysis of the individual

Perspectives On The Security Of Singapore

Author : Barry Desker
ISBN : 9789814689359
Genre : Political Science
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Perspectives on the Security of Singapore: The First 50 Years explores the security of Singapore in the last 50 years and its possible trajectories into the future. This volume brings together the diverse perspectives of a team of academics with different expertise, ranging from history to political science to security studies with a common interest in Singapore. The book is further boosted by the recollections of key civil servants involved with foreign affairs and defence, such as S R Nathan, Peter Ho, Bilahari Kausikan and Philip Yeo. Contents:IntroductionPart 1:Singapore's Conception of Security (Ang Cheng Guan)National Security and Singapore: An Assessment (Norman Vasu and Bernard Loo)Deliquescent Security Threats: Singapore in the Era of Hyper-Globalisation (Alan Chong)Singapore and Global Governance: Free-Rider or Responsible Stakeholder? (Tan See Seng)The Challenge of Strategic Intelligence for the Singapore Armed Forces (Kwa Chong Guan)Desecuritisation and after Desecuritisation: The Water Issue in Singapore–Malaysia Relations (S R Joey Long)Singapore's Security in the Context of Singapore–Malaysia–Indonesia Relations (Bilveer Singh)Singapore's Relations with Malaysia and Indonesia (Theophilus Kwek and Joseph Chinyong Liow)International Missions of the Singapore Armed Forces: How Far Would You Go? (Katie Tan and Ong Weichong)Why the FPDA Still Matters to Singapore (Ralf Emmers)Singapore in ASEAN's Quest toward a Security Community (Mely Caballero-Anthony)Singapore and the Great Powers (Khong Yuen Foong)The Changing Terrorist Threat Landscape in Singapore (Rohan Gunaratna)Managing Religious Diversity in Singapore: Context and Challenges (Mohammad Alami Musa and Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib)Part 2:Personal ReminiscencesSafeguarding Singapore's Security: Defence and Diplomacy (S R Nathan)Organising for National Security — The Singapore Experience (Peter Ho)Pragmatic Adaptation, Not Grand Strategy, Shaped Singapore Foreign Policy (Bilahari Kausikan)Dr Goh Keng Swee and the Building of Singapore's Defence Industrial Capability (Philip Yeo)Conclusion: Strategic Certainties Facing Singapore in 2065 (Barry Desker) Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and academics, and general public interested in security studies in general and in Singapore. Key Features:This is possibly the first scholarly collective effort/book on the subject of security of SingaporeThe contributors are academics within (and associated with) the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), the only school cum think-tank that specialises in security issues in SingaporeThe contributors include former top civil servants who played a significant role in the shaping and conduct of Singapore's foreign and defence policiesKeywords:Security;Foreign Policy;Singapore

Crucial Issues In Climate Change And The Kyoto Protocol

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ISBN : 9789814467537
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Asia In Washington

Author : Kent E. Calder
ISBN : 9780815725398
Genre : Political Science
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For several centuries, international relations has been primarily the purview of nation-states. Key powers have included at various times Great Britain, France, Japan, China, Russia (then the U.S.S.R., and then Russia again), and the nation most influential in international relations for the past several decades has been the United States. But in a world growing smaller, with a globalizing system increasing in complexity by the day, the nation-state paradigm is not as dominant as it once was. In Asia in Washington, longtime Asia analyst Kent Calder examines the concept of "global city" in the context of international affairs. The term typically has been used in an economic context, referring to centers of international finance and commerce such as New York, Tokyo, and London. But Calder extends the concept to political centers as well—particularly in this case, Washington, D.C. Improved communications, enhanced transportation, greater economic integration and activity have created a new economic village, and global political cities are arising within the new structure—distinguished not by their CEOs or stock markets but by their influence over policy decisions, and their amassing of strategic intelligence on topics from national policy trends to geopolitical risk. Calder describes the rise of Washington, D.C., as perhaps the preeminent global political city—seat of the world's most powerful government, center of NGO and multilateral policy activity, the locale of institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, and home to numerous think tanks and universities. Within Washington, the role of Asia is especially relevant for several reasons. It represents the core of the non-Western industrialized world and the most challenge to Western dominance. It also raises the delicate issue of how race matters in international global governance—a factor crucially important during a time of globalization. And since Asia developed later than the West, its changing role in Washington raises major issues regarding how rising powers assimilate themselves into global governance structure. How do Asian nations establish, increase, and leverage their Washington presence, and what is the impact on Washington itself and the decisions made there? Kent Calder explains it all in Asia in Washington.

The Singapore Foreign Service

Author : Gretchen Liu
ISBN : 9814155381
Genre : Political Science
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The Making Of The Asean Charter

Author : Rosario G. Manalo
ISBN : 9789812833914
Genre : Political Science
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On the historic occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2007, the leaders of the ten-member countries signed the ASEAN Charter. This book captures the insiders' views of the drafting of the Charter. It is suitable for those interested in ASEAN, and international law.

50 Years Of Singapore And The United Nations

Author : Tommy Koh
ISBN : 9789814713061
Genre : Political Science
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In 2015, Singapore marks the 50th anniversary of its independence, and the United Nations (UN) the 70th anniversary of its founding. This book celebrates 50 years of a mutually beneficial relationship between Singapore and the UN. In the early years of Singapore's independence, the UN system provided Singapore with many benefits which were helpful in Singapore's journey from the Third World to the First. As Singapore has made progress in its developmental journey, it is now able to give back to the international community through programmes such as the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), under which officials from developing countries are offered training in areas which are beneficial to their countries. Singapore has actively contributed to improving global governance and strengthening institutions that are important to the management of global issues at the UN, IMF, World Bank, IMO, etc. The Singapore Government has also sent its soldiers and police officers to participate in UN's peace-keeping and peace-making operations. This volume brings together 45 essays by Singaporeans who have made or are making important contributions to the work of the UN system. The reader will be able to learn about the UN as seen through the eyes of Singaporeans who have served as Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the World Trade Organization, or as professional staff in the various specialised agencies, programmes and funds that are part of the UN. We hope that the life stories and experiences shared by the essayists will remind readers that although Singapore is a very small country, we are a good global citizen and have tried to make this a better world. Contents:Foreword by PM Lee Hsien LoongMessage by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonPreface by Tommy Koh, Li Lin Chang and Joanna KohStatement to the 20th Session of the General Assembly by S RajaratnamAddress to the UN 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Meeting by Goh Chok TongUnited Nations (New York)United Nations (Geneva) · WTO · GATTUnited Nations Specialised AgenciesUnited Nations PeacekeepingUnited Nations Secretariat Readership: Statesmen, policy-makers, diplomats, scholars and anyone who may be interested in Singapore and the United Nations, and international relations. Keywords:United Nations;Singapore;GLobal Governance;UN System;Nation-Building;Small State

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