News Details | 29-May-2009

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) receives US$2.5 million from the MacArthur Foundation for security research

RSIS received US$2.5 million in an official launch today from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to conduct research in non-traditional security and regional security cooperation.  The grant is part of a US$68 million Asia Security Initiative by the MacArthur Foundation over a seven-year period to develop new ideas to address Asia’s security challenges.  RSIS is the largest beneficiary of the Initiative and is the only Singaporean institution selected as a core institution to lead research in one of 3 research clusters.  The choice of RSIS as a core institution by the MacArthur Foundation signifies the recognition of the School as a regional leader in the field of security studies.

Speaking at the Official Launch, Ambassador Barry Desker, RSIS’ Dean, stated that the MacArthur Asia Security Initiative is “a significant endorsement of the importance of Asian security issues and recognition of its considerable implications for the world at large.” Ambassador Desker also said that the Initiative will allow RSIS to “advance cutting-edge research to respond to challenges that affect both the well-being as well as the security of states and societies in the region”.

The MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative was created to help Asian policy research institutions strengthen their capacity to work with their counterparts across the globe to develop new ideas to respond to Asian security challenges.  The RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies is receiving the bulk of the grant and will under the Initiative spear-head research on non-traditional security challenges facing Asia, such as climate change, environment and human security, energy security, as well as internal conflicts. 

The RSIS Multilateral and Regionalism Programme will also be receiving a grant to address the issue of regional security cooperation.  Under the Initiative, it will examine the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), seek to build institutional congruence and coherence in Asia’s regional security architecture, and examine the prospect of an ASEAN Security Community.                                                                                         


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