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Nicholas Fang, Director, Security and Global Affairs

Nicholas Fang moderating the panel on "The TPP and the Future of Trade" at the 9th ASEAN & Asia Forum (2016)

Nicholas Fang joined the Singapore Institute of International Affairs in 2010 and is currently the institute’s director for security and global affairs.


Nicholas started his career as a journalist, and spent nine years at The Straits Times, rising to the position of senior correspondent. He then joined Singapore’s national broadcaster Mediacorp where he spent two years as business desk editor at regional news channel Channel NewsAsia, before taking on other senior editorial positions. He was most recently deputy chief editor of Singapore news at Mediacorp.


Nicholas was appointed Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament in February 2012, where he served a two-and-a-half-year term and focused on issues pertaining to national security and defence, international affairs, media and sports. He has served on the boards of non-government organisations Mercy Relief and the Social Innovation Park, and is also a member of the advisory committee of the Youth Corps Singapore. He was Team Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 South-east Asian Games hosted in Singapore.

He founded Black Dot Pte Ltd in 2012, a strategic communications consultancy that offers public relations, media, sponsorship and marketing consultancy services.

Recent Content
2 years ago
Vehicle carbon emissions scheme under review

Holistic approach needed to find the cleanest option for our air.



Cars are likely to have to be far cleaner than they are today to qualify for green incentives.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

2 years ago

The regional threat of terrorism persists, and will require a united ASEAN to counter and maintain peace and stability.

An #IslamicState cell is using the eastern Malaysian state as a transit point whereby militants from the region get to Marawi City, which is the stronghold of Philippine militant group Abu Sayyf ... See more

2 years ago
Detained Terrexes to return to Singapore: MFA

Glad to see that good sense and international law prevailed. The results of the investigation by HKSAR will reveal the details of this incident, but it's heartening to note that sovereign immunity ... See more

The nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles had been detained in Hong Kong since last November.

2 years ago
U.S. Embassy Singapore

#ASEAN remains a crucial market in today's world. Happy 50th Birthday!

2017 is the 50th birthday of #ASEAN, as well as the 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN ties. To mark these momentous occasions and show why #ASEANMatters, we will be posting ASEAN-related facts every ... See more

2 years ago
In releasing Asia-Pacific security White Paper, Beijing sounds warning to small countries to avoid taking sides

Perhaps a not-so-veiled reminder that adopting a conflicting or opposing stance can (and most likely will) be construed as taking (the wrong) side.

#staythecourse #diplomacy ... See more

BEIJING — China has pledged to take on greater responsibility for regional and global security including increasing its military might, with a warning to small and medium countries in the region to ... See more

2 years ago

#security remains a constant challenge in the region. Here's wishing everyone a happy and safe festive season. #oneteamonefight

More than 150,000 security personnel are expected to be deployed at various churches, entertainment venues and public gatherings for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

2 years ago

The need for a strong and coordinated security and intelligence capability has never been more crucial than in today's environment.

Although the five maids were radicalised, they “did not pose an imminent security threat at the time of investigation”, says the Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore).

2 years ago

A difficult issue to tackle.

"We believe that the (#Rohingya) situation is now of a regional concern and should be resolved together," says Malaysia's Foreign Minister.

2 years ago

The growing regional security threat highlights the need for deeper and closer collaboration among partners and neighbours.

As of today, 7 people have been arrested for allegedly plotting to attack Indonesia's presidential palace last Sunday.

All 7 are said to be part of a terror cell linked to Bahrun Naim - the ... See more

2 years ago

The work of regional institutions like #ASEAN remains crucial in today's world, especially when facing down threats like terrorism.


“When we work together, it strengthens capabilities and interoperability, and demonstrates our shared commitment to counter terrorism in the region": Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen

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