Department of Political Science Department Semminars IPSA-NUS Summer School International Studies Review
Ted Hopf

Associate Professor Soo Yeon Kim's research group awarded $4.95 million dollar grant

Dr. Kim is a founding member of the Global Production Networks Centre at NUS (GPN@NUS), led by Henry Yeung (PI) and Neil Coe (Co-PI) of Geography. The nine-member research group was recently awarded $4.95 million for three years under the ODPRT Strategic Research Proposals 2014 programme. GPN@NUS includes faculty members from Geography, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. As a member of this research group, Associate Professor Soo Yeon Kim will continue her work on production networks and the politics of free trade agreements in Asia.

Ted Hopf

Professor Ted Hopf has been appointed by the University as a Provost's Chair in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Professor Ted Hopf's appointment is in recognition of his outstanding and internationally acknowledged scholarly accomplishments.

External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation

Dr. Ja Ian Chong won the best book prize from the International Studies Association

Dr. Chong has also won the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Award for Promising Researcher. This award is presented to researchers who have produced research that shows potential impact and promise. Dr. Chong has been with FASS since 2010 and his research focuses on international relations, especially IR theory, security, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. Of particular interest are issues that stand at the nexus of international and domestic politics. read more

Shamsul Haque

Professor Shamsul Haque won the Fred W. Riggs Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement

The Fred W. Riggs Award is awarded for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in International and Comparative Administration by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).


Reconstructing the Cold War

Professor Ted Hopf won the Robert L. Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award

The Robert L. Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award is awarded annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book in International History and Politics. For more details, please click read more


Reconstructing the Cold War

Dr. Robert Woodberry's recent scholarship acknowledged by multiple awards

Dr. Woodberry's article The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy (American Political Science Review 106(2): 244-74) has won the following awards:

  • The Luebbert Article Award for the best article in the field of comparative politics
  • The Michael Wallerstein Award for the best published article in Political Economy in the previous calendar year
  • American Political Science Association Best Article Award for an article focusing on democratization
Peter D. Finn

Mr. Peter D. Finn receives Public Spiritedness Award from SCDF

PhD Candidate Peter Finn received a Public Spiritedness Award (PSA) from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) 1st Division Commander LTC Alan Chong for leading firefighting efforts against a blaze at Engineering E4 Block on the night of April 23rd.

Public Lecture

Regional Architecture and Frameworks for Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific

With rising tensions in East Asia, does it still make sense to think about cooperation in the Asia-Pacific in terms of regional architectures today? What are the challenges facing efforts at building institutions and regimes for the region and how can they be overcome? What can be a useful approach to managing relations in the region? Leading the conversation are three prominent thinkers of international relations today, G. John Ikenberry, Takashi Inoguchi, and Ja Ian Chong.

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Public Symposium

Competition and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Recognising Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

Join us for this public symposium on regional security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. The region is home to several major world economies and is undergoing increasing social integration and development. However, serious tensions are building up between China and other nations in East and Southeast Asia.

In his keynote speech, Professor Ian Buruma will closely examine the thesis of ‘memory war’ and the rising tensions and argue that history is actually being exploited for domestic political reasons, not only in Japan and China, but in Korea too. The talk will also include a discussion on the American role in East Asian tensions, the impact of US security arrangements on domestic politics in Japan, and how they are being affected by the emerging superpower status of China. This will be followed by a panel discussion with leading specialists in international relations from Japan, China, India, the US, and Southeast Asia. There will be ample time for questions and comments from the audience.

Some of the issues addressed include:

  • Is China rising peacefully? How should other regional actors respond to a rising China?
  • Is a power-shift (the rise of China and the decline of the US) really taking place in the Asia-Pacific? If so, how does it affect the strategy of regional actors such as Japan, China, the US, India and ASEAN?
  • What is the best approach to managing rising tensions in East Asia?
  • What is the outcome of the APEC summit in 2014?
  • What is the prospect of further cooperation in the Asia-Pacific?

We would like to invite all friends and colleagues who are interested to participate in the symposium. For more information and updates, please visit our website, or email More details are contained in the event invitation letter; available for download.

Public Lecture

Why Do Some States Pursue Nuclear Weapons?

Why have some states pursued nuclear weapons while others renounced them since the inception of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? By Professor Etel Solingen, Lim Chong Yah Visiting Professor, discusses how major theories of International Relations seek to explain this puzzle. For more details please click here.