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  • Singapore Unveils New ASEAN Defense Initiatives Ahead of Chairmanship

    Singapore Unveils New ASEAN Defense Initiatives Ahead of Chairmanship

    thediplomat.com 04 Jun '17, 8pm

    SINGAPORE – As we move into the sixth month of 2017, many are already looking ahead to 2018 and what we might expect when the annually-rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gets turned over from the Philippines to Singapore (See: “Duterte’s ASEAN ...

  • Some post-#SLD17 thoughts: Trump's Qatar Tweets Show Why Mattis' Task in Singapore Was Impossible

    Trump’s Qatar Tweets Show Why Mattis’ Task in Singapore Was Impossible | The

    thediplomat.com 06 Jun '17, 9pm

    I’ve tried not to make a habit of commenting on U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s outlandish tweets, but a series on Tuesday merits mention for the seriously unsettling effect it could have on U.S. allies and partners across the world. Two days after five Arab states — Saudi Arabia, Eg...

  • What's in the new Australia-Singapore cyber pact?:

    What’s in the New Australia-Singapore Cyber Pact? |

    thediplomat.com 07 Jun '17, 3pm

    Last week, Singapore and Australia signed a new agreement on cybersecurity in yet another sign of the growing concern by both countries as well as the region more generally about the growing challenge in this realm. Singapore and Australia have both been intensifying efforts to combat...

  • Singapore to boost submarine fleet:

    Singapore to Boost Submarine Fleet

    thediplomat.com 16 May '17, 5pm

    On May 16, Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that Singapore would be buying two more submarines from Germany. The move is just the latest step that the city-state is taking to boost its maritime capabilities amid the growth of other navies and rising regional and globa...

  • US, Singapore, Thailand Launch First Trilateral Exercise in South China Sea

    US, Singapore, Thailand Launch First Trilateral Exercise in South China Sea

    thediplomat.com 15 May '17, 1pm

    Last week, the navies of the United States, Singapore, and Thailand conducted a military exercise in the South China Sea. The engagement was yet another manifestation of ongoing U.S. attempts to multilateralize existing drills with Asian states in the face of rising security challenge...

  • Foreign Warships to Join Singapore For First International Maritime Review

    Foreign Warships to Join Singapore For First International Maritime Review

    thediplomat.com 01 May '17, 3pm

    Later this month, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will play host to a large gathering of naval vessels as part of celebrations for its 50th anniversary (RSN50). From May 7, about 30 warships from 20 countries – including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia – wi...

  • US-Singapore Defense Relations in the Spotlight With Ng Visit

    US-Singapore Defense Relations in the Spotlight With Ng Visit

    thediplomat.com 10 Apr '17, 7pm

    Last week, Singapore’s defense minister Ng Eng Hen was in Washington, D.C. for a four-day working visit. Ng’s trip provided an opportunity for both governments to discuss the state of an important bilateral relationship as Donald Trump’s administration takes shape and for the minister...

  • US, Singapore to Launch New Military Exercise in Guam

    thediplomat.com 21 Apr '17, 6pm

    Singapore and the United States will hold a new bilateral naval exercise in Guam in August, a top U.S. navy official said last week. Don Gabrielson, Commander of the Logistics Group Western Pacific – the Seventh Fleet’s principal logistics agent and bilateral exercise coordinator for ...

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