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The Tommy Koh Reader

Author : Tommy T. B. Koh
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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.

The Tommy Koh Reader

Author : Tommy Koh
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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

The Little Red Dot

Author : Tommy Thong Bee Koh
ISBN : 9789812567628
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2005 is the 40th anniversary of SingaporeOCOs independence. This collection of essays by SingaporeOCOs past and present diplomats tells the remarkable story of how this small and vulnerable country has become a stable, prosperous and respected member of the international community. The essays include those from the late President Wee Kim Wee and President S R Nathan as well as seminal contributions from the four former Foreign Ministers Mr S Rajaratnam, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Wong Kan Seng and Professor S Jayakumar. The current Foreign Minister, Mr George Yeo, has written the foreword. The absorbing stories about people, places and international politics make this book a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore, its history, and foreign policy."

War And Peace In The 20th Century And Beyond

Author : Geir Lundestad
ISBN : 9789814487238
Genre : Political Science
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At the turn of the 21st Century, the world was immediately gripped by the War on Terrorism followed by the Iraq War. In reflection, the 20th Century was a period marked by tremendous technological and economic progress — but it was also the most violent century in human history. It witnessed two horrendous world wars, as well as the conflicts during the Cold War. Why do wars persistently erupt among nations, particularly the Great Powers? What are the primary factors that drive nations to violence — power, prestige, ideology or territory? Or is it motivated by pure fear and mistrust? Peering nervously at the 21st Century, we wonder whether American supremacy and globalization will help ensure peace and stability. Or will shifts in power with the emergence of new economic super-nations lead to further tensions and conflicts in this century? Together with 29 Peace Nobel laureates, an outstanding group of scholars gathered in Oslo, Norway, on December 6, 2001, for the three-day Nobel Centennial Symposium to discuss “The Conflicts of the 20th Century and the Solutions for the 21st Century”. Read this book for the scholars' candid insights and analyses, as well as their thought-provoking views on the factors that led to conflicts in the 20th Century and whether the 21st Century will be a more peaceful one. This is a rare — and possibly the best and only — book compilation of the highly intellectual analyses by world experts and Nobel Peace laureates on the perennial issues of War & Peace. Contents:Introduction: The Conflicts of the 20th Century and the Solutions for the 21st Century, Geir Lundestad & Olav Njølstad, The Norwegian Nobel InstituteDialogue and Cooperation to Achieve World Peace, Dae-Jung Kim, ex-President, The Republic of KoreaWar and Peace in the 20th Century, Eric Hobsbawm, Birkbeck College, University of LondonIdeologies and Polities: Liberal Democracy and National Dictatorship in Peace and, War Michael W Doyle, Princeton UniversityMaking Sense of Political Violence in Postcolonial Africa, Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia UniversityGlobal Inequality and Persistent Conflicts, Amartya Sen, University of Cambridge (UK), and the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Economic SciencesThe Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Joseph S Nye, Harvard UniversityBeyond Militarism, Arms Races and Arms Control, Mary H Kaldor, London School of EconomicsRivalry over Territory and Resources and the Balance of Peace and War: The 20th Century, Louise Fawcett, St Catherine's College, Oxford UniversityMisperception, Mistrust, Fear, Akira Iriye, Harvard UniversityThe Nobel Peace Prize in Its Next Century: Old and New Dimensions, Geir Lundestad, The Norwegian Nobel Institute Readership: Students, researchers, academics, politicians, journalists, and anyone interested in 20th century history and peace and conflict studies. Keywords:War;Peace;20th Century;Conflicts and Solutions Nobel SymposiumReviews:“This beautifully produced and edited volume presents a fascinating collection of essays structured around the objectives engendered by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize … this ensemble of contributions provides an excellent insight into the evolution of thinking about war and peace. As a reflection upon these crucial issues, it is readable, informative and highly recommended.”Journal of Peace Research

Indonesia Matters

Author : Amitav Acharya
ISBN : 9789814630726
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Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world after China, India and the United States. It is also the world's largest Muslim majority country and the third largest democracy. Its economy is currently the 10th largest on the global scale. Indonesia is recognized as an emerging power, and a respected member of the international community. It plays an important role not only in the Asia-Pacific region, but also in the world at large. Indonesia has defied the grim predictions about its imminent collapse following the ouster of Suharto in 1998. Its ability to rebuild and reinvigorate itself into its current status is one of the most impressive stories of the late 20th and early 21st century. Its journey since the fall of Suharto is inspiring at a time when the world has seen many failing nations, recurring economic crises, and growing radicalism and terrorism. Yet, the Indonesian story receives far less attention than the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). The Indonesian story suggests a different pathway to emerging power status. This pathway is based not so much on military or economic resources. Rather, it lies in the ability of a country to develop a positive, virtuous correlation among three factors: democracy, development and stability, while pursuing a foreign policy of restraint towards neighbours and active engagement with the world at large. This is the key lesson from the story of Indonesia that this book seeks to present. It analyses Indonesia's foreign policy and international role under the democratic regime, with particular focus on its role as a leader of ASEAN, its relationship with the major powers of the Asia Pacific, and its place in the global order of the 21st century. Contents:Why Indonesia Matters?Democracy, Development and Stability: Creating a Virtuous CycleIndonesia and the Regional ArchitectureIndonesia and the Major PowersIndonesia as a Global ActorA Nation on the Move: Indonesian Voices Readership: General public, students, policy makers, and think tanks intellectuals. Key Features:First book that recognizes Indonesia as an emerging powerFirst book in a long time on overall Indonesian foreign policyAmong the first to study impact of democratization on foreign policy of IndonesiaKeywords:Indonesia;Rising Powers;ASEAN;Asia Pacific SecurityReviews: “Indonesia today offers an inspiring example of how democracy, development and stability can be made to work together to enhance a nation's prestige and influence on the global stage. Amitav Acharya's Indonesia Matters is an insightful account of the foreign policy of the world's largest Muslim country, demonstrating how democratic transformation strengthened Indonesia's leadership in ASEAN, the Asia Pacific, and the world at large.” Surin Pitsuwan Former Foreign Minister of Thailand and Secretary-General of ASEAN (2008–12) “Can a major new power rise in the community of nations without threatening its neighbours, destabilizing existing arrangements, and producing an arms race? This is a major question for this century, after the past one in which Germany and Japan established such alarming precedents. China and India do not provide much reassurance that we are wiser than we were. Indonesia, however, with one of the lowest arms expenditures in the world either per capita or in relation to GNP looks a promising case for an alternative model. This book is a very timely study of a critical issue for our times.” Anthony Reid Emeritus Professor College of Asia and the Pacific Australian National University “Amitav Acharya has produced a timely and illuminating examination of Indonesia's foreign policy since the establishment of democracy after Suharto's period in power. Drawing on extensive interviews and keen observations, Amitav skilfully traces the evolution of Indonesia's diplomacy from its modest regional roots to the rarefied world of global engagement. This is an important book and a necessary read for all those who follow Indonesia's remarkable ascent.” Kurt Campbell Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2009–13) “Acharya has provided an excellent contribution in the discourse on Indonesia's foreign policy. He has shown the unique pathway of the country in achieving its current place in regional and global politics through the virtuous cycle of democracy, development, and stability.” The Indonesian Quarterly

50 Years Of Singapore And The United Nations

Author : Tommy Koh
ISBN : 9789814713061
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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

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 Asean And Singapore

Author : Koh Tommy
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On the 8th of August 2017, ASEAN will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. ASEAN is of great importance to Singapore, the region and the world. In 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN in short, was founded by five countries in Southeast Asia which had just gained independence from their former colonial masters, united by a determination for the region to live in peace and stability. Singapore was one of the five founding members of ASEAN, together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The grouping was joined later by Brunei (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos and Myanmar (1997), and finally, Cambodia (1999). ASEAN is today a very successful inter-governmental organization which promotes peace, stability, economic development and regional integration. This volume brings together 46 essays written by Singaporeans who have played a part in the partnership between ASEAN and Singapore. The reader will be able to glean an insight into the workings of ASEAN and Singapore's contributions to ASEAN through the lens of diplomats, academics, civil society leaders and officials. Contents: Foundational Documents of ASEANASEAN's ChallengesASEAN's Landmark AchievementsASEAN's External RelationsMaking of the ASEAN CharterASEAN and Civil SocietySingaporeans in ASEANPost-Charter ASEANASEAN's Future Readership: Academics, scholars, diplomats & civil society interested in ASEAN and Singapore. Keywords: ASEAN;Singapore;Regional GroupsReview:0

Using Carrots To Bring Peace

Author : Martina Klimesova
ISBN : 9789814699129
Genre : Political Science
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How can peace be brokered between warring sides in conflicts over self-determination and what roles do external third parties play? This book is the first of its kind to thoroughly explore the effectiveness of aid conditionality and other external tools that third parties — from states and regional organizations to NGOs — bring to the table in peace negotiations. Surveying the existing academic debate on incentives and peace conditionality, the author first identifies the gaps between theory and the needs of third party mediators and facilitators. Analysing in depth the negotiation processes in Sri Lanka (Eelam), Indonesia (Aceh), and the Philippines (Mindanao) as case studies, policy tools likely to be most effective are then identified and policy recommendations developed. This book is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners alike. Contents:PrefaceForewordList of AbbreviationsAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: How to Make Peace Effectively?Negotiation and Peace Incentives: OverviewNegotiation Ripeness and Third Party IncentivesSRI LANKA: Eelam Peace Process (The GoSL–LTTE Peace Negotiations, 2002–2003; 2006)INDONESIA: Aceh Peace Process (The GoI–GAM Peace Negotiations, 2002–2003; 2006)THE PHILIPPINES: Mindanao Peace Process (The GRP–MILF Peace Negotiations 2001–2008)Perils and Pitfalls of Using Carrots in Conflict Resolution: Do Carrots Bring Peace?Conclusions: Effective Tools for Forging PeaceReferences Readership: Academics, undergraduate and graduates students, professionals interested in peace negotiation and conflict resolution. Key Features:First of its kind to thoroughly describes peace and aid conditionality in the context of negotation processesCombines in a very unique way the existing negotiation theories which explain what makes a negotiation process successfulProvides practical advice to conflict resolution practitioners on tools and negotiation concepts that are likely to be most effectiveOffers a detailed account of three negotiation processes of three conflicts in Southeast AsiaKeywords:Peace Negotiation;Conflict Resolution;Peace Process;Third Party Involvement;Incentives;Mediation;Facilitation;Ripeness;Mutually Enticing Opportunity (MEO);Eelam;Mutually Hurting Stalemate (MHS);Sri Lanka;Aceh;Indonesia;The Philippines;Mindanao;Insurgent Groups;Internal Armed Conflict;Negotiation Strategies;Peace Conditionality;Leverage;Donors "Beyond ripeness and the opening of negotiations lies the possibility for negotiators to seize Mutually Enticing Opportunities and bring their encounter to fruition. This work runs with that concept and, like the negotiators, brings it to fruition, with detailed studies of cases and careful conceptual reasoning. It is a major work in the analysis of conflict management and resolution." William Zartman Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University "This book has generated important lessons for both research and practice in conflict management and resolution. It shows that research about incentives has been somewhat neglected in the past and that this is an area where knowledge-building needs to be accelerated, for instance by means of the inclusion of more cases." Gunnar Sjöstedt Former Research Director Swedish Institute of International Affairs "Martina Klimesova has offered a valuable contribution to the understanding of third party and negotiation in conflicts. Using Carrots to Bring Peace? offers not only an expanded understanding of the theoretical aspects in this field but also a succinct overview how this has played out in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. A welcome contribution to a field in constant change." Niklas Swanström Director Institute for Security and Development Policy

The Accidental Diplomat

Author : Maurice Baker
ISBN : 9789814618335
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“For the life of a diplomat is often a variation of routine boredom and exhilarating crises.” Maurice Baker is an academic and one of Singapore's pioneer diplomats. Growing up in colonial–governed Malaya and Singapore, his profound love for great literature works inspired him to obtain an honors in English from King's college, London in 1948 despite the cruelties faced during and after the Second World War. Baker's humble beginnings and political consciousness earned him the friendship and respect of many diplomats during his missions to India in 1967, Malaysia in 1969, Philippines in 1977 and back to Malaysia in 1980 before retiring from his career as a diplomat in 1988. Between his diplomatic missions, Baker returned to Singapore in 1972 to head the Department of English at the University of Singapore for five years. This is Baker's story of how he came to be The Accidental Diplomat. With occasional poems and a sense of humor, he candidly recounts the colourful romances of his life to his enriching encounters of diplomatic relations. His portrayals of admiration for great leaders and men paint a vivid picture of the qualities that guided his beliefs, proving that he was by no means an “Accidental Diplomat” in the eyes of others. Contents:Foreword by S R NathanMessage by S DhanabalanAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I:Cameron Highlands, MalayaUniversity College, Leicester and King's College, University of London Return to SingaporePart II:High Commissioner to IndiaHigh Commissioner to Malaysia and Return to AcademiaAmbassador to the Republic of the PhilippinesReturn to MalaysiaRetirement in Singapore Readership: General public. Key Features:Provides an insight into the career rise of an Eurasian through colonial and post colonial timesThe challenges of a first time diplomat in adapting to the role from academiaThe political insights of the Singapore Government of the time and those of the countries that Mr Baker represented Singapore inKeywords:Eurasian;Diplomacy;Pioneer Diplomat;Malaysian PoliticsReviews: “Maurice Baker is from my generation and his autobiography reflects the life and times that I went through.” Lee Kuan Yew

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