S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

By 2 December 2018 Partners

RSIS is an autonomous graduate school and think-tank within Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Founded in 2007, RSIS is a leading teaching and research institution in international relations in the Asia-Pacific. With a particular focus on security and multilateralism, RSIS has a strong and holistic research tradition on regional issues in the Asia-Pacific.

For more information see www.rsis.edu.sg

Key Researchers


Tan See Seng is Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS. He is an elected member of the NTU Senate and was also selected by Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies (SPGS) as its 2018 Distinguished Alum. Prof Tan received the RSIS Best Teacher Award in 2016. As an author/editor of 15 books and monographs, he has published over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters. His latest single-authored books include Multilateral Asian Security Architecture: Non-ASEAN Stakeholders (Routledge, 2015) and The Making of the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Brokers and the Politics of Representation (Amsterdam University Press, 2013). Prof Tan is a regular consultant for international organisations and national governments including that of Singapore, and has held visiting appointments and fellowships at various universities and research institutes. He was Head of the RSIS Centre for Multilateralism Studies until April 2015. Before entering academia, he worked at a faith-based, non-profit organisation. He holds a PhD from Arizona State University and MA and BA Honours (First) degrees from the University of Manitoba. In the EAST project, he is a contributor and co-editor in the volume on trade relations.


Pascal Vennesson is Professor of Political Science at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. His research and teaching lie at the intersection of the fields of international relations and strategic studies. Before joining RSIS, he held the Chair “Security in Europe”, at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies. He also taught “Strategy and Policy” for ten years at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)-Bologna Center and at the College of Europe. He is the author, co-author and editor of six books and his refereed articles have been notably published in Armed Forces and Society, International Relations, Journal of Strategic Studies, Review of International Studies, Revue Française de Science Politique (French Political Science Review) and Security Studies (forthcoming). He is a member of the editorial boards of Revue Française de Science Politique (French Political Science Review), Security Studies, Armed Forces and Society and the European Journal of International Security. Professor Vennesson was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control, at Ohio State University’s Mershon Center and a Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received his MA from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and his Ph.D. from Sciences-Po Paris. In the EAST project, Pascal contributes to a chapter on military security.