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Associate Professor Simon Tay is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is concurrently a tenured Associate Professor, teaching international law at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Senior Consultant at WongPartnership.

His book, Asia Alone: the Dangerous Post Crisis Divide from America (Wiley 2010) was well reviewed in the Economist, Financial Times and regional media. His commentaries feature regularly in regional newspapers. Professor Tay is also a prize winning author with five books of stories and poems. In 2010, his novel City of Small Blessings was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize. He recently published a collection of short stories titled “Middle and First”.

From 1992 to 2008, he served in a number of public appointments for Singapore. These included serving as Chairman of Singapore’s National Environment Agency; and as an independent Nominated Member of Parliament (1997-2001). In 2006, Professor Tay received a National Day Award.

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SIIA Chairman appointed as Singapore’s Ambassador to Greece

Singapore, Thursday, 23 January 2020 – Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), has been appointed Ambassador for Singapore. He will be accredited to the Hellenic Republic (Greece) on a non-residential basis. He will continue as SIIA chairman and in…

Commentary: End of centrist democracy and Asia’s unconventional systems

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Last month, the world witnessed its two largest democratic votes – in India and across Europe – and elections have also been held in the key ASEAN countries of Thailand and Indonesia. Read the full article in The Straits…

Malaysia’s Investment Climate in 2019

Nearly a year has passed since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took office in May 2018. The new government has undertaken efforts to address Malaysia’s fiscal weakness and reform its institutions. But how are investors reacting to the first year of PH’s governance, and what challenges lie…

What I Do

Ideas make a difference. People can too. What we value, say and do can matter and make things better. That’s why – as a writer and public intellectual – I do what I do.


Observing key trends in Asia in a global context, hoping but also questioning the region’s rise: I combine information and data with what I learn from policy-makers, CEOs and experts and my personal insights and experiences of travel and engagement.


Analyzing political events and policies in context, with deeper perspectives: I draw from instinct and experiences gleaned over the last two decades, as well as academic knowledge and theory. I try to distill these into insights — succinct and candid — of both risks and opportunities, and the conditions for success.


Advocating publicly what we best do. Sharing what I observe and analyze, I put forward what policies and actions governments, citizens and corporations should consider. Different avenues for advocacy are utilized, with comments in the leading newspapers and news channels, as well as to socialize ideas with key policy-makers, experts and active citizens.


Advising privately about challenges, risks and opportunities. Whether government leaders or private individuals and corporations, there is a need for knowledgeable and practical advice and closed-door dialogues to help foster understanding and shape strategies and get policies and actions right.


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Had lunch on Wednesday with the members of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) discussing issues from the challenges of an ageing and stratifying population to how they and ... See more

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SIIA Chairman, Associate Professor Simon Tay speaking at the Asian #Sustainable & #PositiveImpactFinance 2018 Conference organised by Société Générale & Vous.

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Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of SIIA and Ms. Yeo Lian Sim, Special Adviser Diversity of SGX | My Gateway and Vice-Chair of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) ... See more

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#Myanmar used to be described as a triumph of democracy and a "frontier economy". Current headlines instead focus on the minority Muslims in #Rakhine state - whom many foreigners - but almost none ... See more

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China and Singapore are NOT the same country as some seem to believe. They can work together — not “despite” but “because” they are.

A year ago, there was speculation #Singapore could be bypassed by #China's Belt and Road Initiative (#BRI). But PM Lee Hsien Loong's visit to China last year and his attendance at the Boao Forum for ... See more

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.

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World’s first multilateral air code is “a very important first step in ensuring greater safety”: SIIA Director Nicholas Fang quoted in CGTN

SIIA Director of Security and Global Affairs, Mr Nicholas Fang spoke to CGTN on the world’s first multilateral air guidelines signed by ASEAN defence chiefs on Friday, 19 October 2018. This interview was broadcasted on the same day. In the interview, he said: “It’s a very important…

SIIA Director Nicholas Fang quoted on the challenges in signing a multilateral air code: The Straits Times

At the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) on 19 October 2018, defence ministers from the ten ASEAN nations agreed on the first multilateral air guidelines on engagement between military planes. At the ADMM+ meeting the following day, major powers such as the United States and…

A Future Ready ASEAN: Creating an Inclusive Digital Ecosystem

With a rising middle class and a rapidly growing population of internet users, ASEAN states are poised to reap the windfalls of the coming digital age. To explore the opportunities and challenges of the digital economy for the region, the SIIA hosted a two-day workshop,…

After the Trump-Kim Summit: Sanctions, Politics, and Global Implications

The 12 June meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been lauded as a historical event. But what lies ahead for engagement with North Korea? Has the meeting bolstered Trump domestically, ahead of US midterm elections? How should…

2 years ago
China's naval expansionism is natural path for emerging global power

Some thoughts on the potential #militarisation of this region, which is a constant concern for some who live here. At the same time, the ability to project military power is part of the natural ... See more

Potential Chinese ports in Cambodia and Pakistan frighten regional rivals

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Getting Singaporeans involved in the fight against fake news

A rising threat that requires a holistic and broad-based solution. #fakenews #factchecking #oneteamsingapore ... See more

Hardly a month goes by without the subject of fake news making the news, including in Singapore. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that most Singaporeans remain largely unconcerned with this issue.

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香格里拉对话会开幕 李显龙警示:美中对峙后果严重

Swopped cities with #VoiceofAmerica reporter Liu Libo this week as he covered the #shangriladialogue in Singapore and I traveled to Washington for work meetings, but we still managed to chat on the ... See more

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The recently passed #POFMA legislation is significant and groundbreaking for a number of reasons. Chatted with #SharanjitLeyl on the BBC News last Friday about the potential impact here in #singapore ... See more

2 years ago
Singapore Institute of International Affairs | The Trump-Kim bromance: is the honeymoon over?

The second #trumpkimsummit may have ended with a bit of an anticlimax, but this doesn’t mean that things will be quiet on the #koreanpeninsula. I shared some thought on the outcome and likely steps ... See more

04 Mar The Trump-Kim bromance: is the honeymoon over? Tags: Country: North Korea, Country: United States, donald trump, Leaders: Kim Jong Un, Region: Asia, Topic: Nuclear, Topic: Security by SIIA By ... See more