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Three Sides in Search of a Triangle

Singapore-America-India Relations

Asad-ul Iqbal Latif

Publication Year: 2008

Singapore is America's closest security partner in Southeast Asia. The United States has decided to help India become a major world power in the twenty-first century, an objective that is furthered by the nuclear agreement between them. Singapore's relationship with India is an increasingly pertinent feature of Southeast Asia’s political and strategic landscape. Whether these three realities, taken together, lay the basis of a triangular relationship among Singapore, America, and India is the question that this book seeks to answer. The book begins with a review of the notion of Pax Americana and goes on to describe the state of bilateral relations among the three countries as they have evolved since the end of the Cold War. Subsequently, it analyses three core issues – the Global War on Terror, the rise of China, and the agency of democracy in international relations – that play a defining role in relations among Singapore, the United States, and India. The book concludes by suggesting some directions in which these relations might move.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-

This work is an updated version of a monograph that I wrote at Harvard University as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2006–07. It is the outcome of a research project that was initiated at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), where I work as a Visiting...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

Singapore is America’s closest security partner in Southeast Asia. The United States has decided to help India become a major world power in the twenty-first century. Singapore’s relationship with India is an increasingly pertinent feature of Southeast...

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1. Pax Americana

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pp. 1-43

It is inevitable perhaps that historical analogies should become insistent at turning points in history. So it is with the end of the Cold War, a denouement that rewrote the rules for great powers such as the United States, middle powers like India, and small states like...

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2. State of Play

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pp. 44-64

The collapse of the Soviet bloc and the dismantling of bipolarity in international affairs saw one of the clearest reaffirmations of Singapore’s foreign policy outlook. On 4 August 1989, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs George Yeo told Parliament that Singapore was...

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3. Terrorism

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pp. 65-97

Three defining imperatives in relations among the United States, Singapore, and India are suggested by this brief overview: meeting the threat of terrorism, managing the rise of China, and strengthening democracy internationally. The possibility of...

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4. China

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pp. 98-136

In an essay that goes against much of conventional wisdom, William J. Dobson argues that, rather than treating 11 September 2001 as the iconic inauguration of a new world order, it was New Year’s Eve, 1991 that changed the world forever. “It was on that day, far...

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5. Democracy

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pp. 137-170

America’s desire to entrench democracy as the norm in international relations is the least unifying element in the possible emergence of a triangular relationship among Washington, Singapore, and New Delhi because the interests of these three capitals are not invested...

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6. Conclusion and Prospects

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pp. 171-180

As for the first point, the challenge facing the War on Terror would appear to lie in unpacking the notion and lightening the load that it carries by dropping from its agency expensive assumptions made about regime change and democracy-building. The...

Bibliography

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pp. 181-198

Index

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pp. 199-212

About the Author

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pp. 213-


E-ISBN-13: 9789812308863
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812308856

Page Count: 212
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Singapore.
  • Singapore -- Foreign relations -- United States.
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- India.
  • India -- Foreign relations -- United States.
  • India -- Foreign relations -- Singapore.
  • Singapore -- Foreign relations -- India.
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