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Singapore Is Still Not An Island

A Discussion Between Bilahari Kausikan and Moderator Steve Okun


Retired Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan gives his perspectives on regional and global developments that pertain to Singapore’s foreign policy.

A first collection of essays and public speeches, covering the period from Singapore’s independence in 1965 to 2017, was published under the title “Singapore Is Not An Island”. This second collection of articles and speeches builds on this and covers events up to 2023.

Sharing his strategic insights through various essays, talks and papers, Bilahari shows why and how Singapore and ASEAN should navigate the new strategic environment. Global and regional issues are examined through the realistic lens of Singapore’s foreign policy interests.


Thursday, October 5, 2023
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thinkspace Library
Member: $5 | Guest: $10
A maximum of 1 Guest per Member


Bilahari Kausikan
Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. He has spent his entire career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his 37 years in the Ministry, he served in a variety of appointments at home and abroad, including as Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Permanent Representative to the UN in New York and as the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry. Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York all attempted to educate him.


Steve Okun
Steven Okun’s 30-year career in public affairs includes leadership positions in the Clinton Administration, business, and industry associations. He is CEO of APAC Advisors, a Singapore-headquartered consultancy focused on ESG and stakeholder engagement and Chair of the AmChams of Asia Pacific. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to global geostrategic consultancy McLarty Associates. He has lived in Singapore since 2003.


Terms & Conditions
• Register by Monday, August 28, 2023
• Guests will have to be accompanied by Members to access this event
• Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis
• A 48-hour cancellation policy applies
• Cancellation within 48 hours of the session or no-shows will be charged the full amount


For more information, please drop by the Concierge, call 6737-3411, or email

Event Date

October 5, 2023

Event Location

Thinkspace Library
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