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U.S.-Singapore Relations Amidst an Evolving Institutional Landscape

Issues & Insights Vol. 21 SR4, pp. 24 – 29

About this Volume

Authors of this volume participated in the inaugural U.S.- Singapore Next-Generation Leaders Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. Embassy Singapore. With backgrounds from academia, public policy, civil society and industry, the cohort brings rich insights on the past, present, and future of the U.S.-Singapore relationship. Between September 2020 and August 2021, cohort members engaged with senior experts and practitioners as they developed research papers addressing various aspects of the bilateral relationship.

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This chapter examines the shared preferences of the United States and Singapore for multilateralism and revisits how they came to attach significant ideational value towards these institutions. Given both countries’ principled approach to foreign policy, Washington and Singapore need to focus on strengthening existing rules and norms, and leverage their core competencies to sustain regional and global institutions. This paper takes stock of the current institutional landscape and makes a case for U.S.-Singapore collaboration.

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Jasmine Ong is a recent graduate of International Affairs from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and she is currently working in the global development sector. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Jasmine was a staff officer at the Ministry of Defence (Singapore). Her research interests are in the regional security of East Asia, effective governance, and the democratization of access to information and technologies.

Photo: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. joins leaders of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) member states and the ASEAN Secretary General for the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit, Oct. 26, 2021. Source: U.S. Mission to ASEAN Website