America - A Singapore Perspective: A Conversation with Ambassador Tommy Koh and Mr. Daljit Singh


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When: Apr 11 2022 - 9:00pm until Apr 11 2022 - 10:00pm
Where: Zoom

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an
Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Series Webinar and Book Launch:

America: A Singapore Perspective

A Conversation With:

H.E. Tommy Koh
Ambassador-At-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore &
Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

Mr. Daljit Singh
Visiting Senior Fellow,
ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

Have Singaporeans done a good job in explaining the world’s most complicated country? In their latest work, America: A Singapore Perspective, co-editors AmbassadorAmerica: A Singapore Perspective cover
Tommy Koh and Mr. Daljit Singh gathered 29 essays from 27 additional writers to highlight the importance of the United States to Singapore, from its position as the largest investor in Singapore to an exploration of US domestic and foreign policies which influence this bilateral relationship.




Ambassador Tommy KohTommy Koh is currently Professor of Law at NUS; Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Rector of the Tembusu College at NUS; Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Special Adviser to IPS. He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Asia Research Institute (NUS) and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Master’s Degree on Environmental Management (NUS). He is also the Co-chairman of the Asian Development Bank’s Advisory Committee on Water and Sanitation.   He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SymAsia Foundation of Credit Suisse (pro bono).

He had served as Dean of the Faculty of Law of NUS, Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador to the United States of America, High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. He was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea.  He was also the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit). He was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He was the founding Chairman of the National Arts Council, founding Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation and former Chairman of the National Heritage Board.  He was Singapore’s Chief Negotiator in negotiating an agreement to establish diplomatic relations between Singapore and China. He was also Singapore's Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He acted as Singapore's Agent in two legal disputes with Malaysia. He has chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. He is the Co‑Chairman of the China‑Singapore Forum and the Japan-Singapore Symposium.

Professor Koh has received awards from the Governments of Singapore, Chile, Finland, France, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and the United States. Professor Koh received the Champion of the Earth Award from UNEP and the inaugural President's Award for the Environment from Singapore. He was conferred with honorary doctoral degrees in law by Yale and Monash Universities. Harvard University conferred on him the Great Negotiator Award in 2014.

Mr. Daljit SinghDaljit Singh is a Senior Fellow with the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute where he has worked on Southeast Asian politics, terrorism and policies of the major powers to Southeast Asia. He has edited, authored or contributed articles to numerous publications. He has been a longstanding editor of Southeast Asian Affairs, an annual review of Southeast Asia published by the Institute. Before joining ISEAS, he worked in the Singapore Public Service, first in the Ministry of Defence, then in the Ministry of Culture and its successor, the Ministry of Communications and Information, where he was  a Deputy Secretary and Director of Information. He was educated at the University of Malaya in Singapore and the University of Oxford in England.

Dr. Satu P. LimayeSatu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. He publishes and speaks widely on Indo-Pacific regional issues and supports various U.S. government, foundation, fellowship, and professional organizations. Among his current affiliations are Center for New American Security (CNAS) Task Force on the U.S.-Philippines Alliance, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Senior Study Group on the North Pacific, Project 2049 Study Group on the U.S.-Australia Alliance, Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Advisory Council, and Global Taiwan Institute-Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation project. Recent publications include: Southeast Asia’s choices: Economic, political, and geopolitical integration face complications, India in East Asia: Focused on the Quad and Border Disputes with China, and Maintaining the Technology Edge: Strengthening US and Indo-Pacific Alliances to Counter Chinese Technology Acquisition (with Rose Tenyotkin).

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