Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.
Chapter 35: Singapore as a Small State: Surmounting Vulnerability
Singapore as a Small State: Surmounting Vulnerability
Singapore is probably one of the most successful small states in the world. Diminutive in size and lacking in natural resources, the city-state has safeguarded its sovereignty and attained a First World level of affluence within a single generation since its independence in 1965. A key reason for Singapore's success is its diplomatic skill in keeping good relations with all the great powers by making itself useful to them and peacefully co-existing with its immediate neighbours as a fellow ASEAN founding member and a key driver of ASEAN-centred multilateralism in East Asia.