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Strife Feature – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-politics

January 31, 2017

By: Cheng Lai Ki The small city-state of Singapore is today known for its progressive economic development, diverse ethnic cohesiveness or national governance strategies. When it’s independence begun on 9th August 1965, Singapore was tiny and underdeveloped. Making matters worse, it possessed no natural resources, limited national sustainability and a highly diverse population of recent … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-politics”


Strife Feature, Abstract – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-political, technological and international security landscape

January 20, 2017

By: Cheng Lai Ki; Full-Lieutenant (Reserve), Singapore Armed Forces Abstract: In Strife’s long-form feature piece for January, Cheng Lai Ki examines the importance of Singapore in the emerging geopolitical landscape. The ‘Little Red Dot’, the ‘Lion City’, the ‘Garden City’, the ‘Smart City’ – over the last 50 years, the small nation-state of Singapore has … Continue reading “Strife Feature, Abstract – Small but Mighty: The critical importance of Singapore in contemporary geo-political, technological and international security landscape”


Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL

February 11, 2016

By: Lai Ki Cheng* On January 14th 2016, Indonesia experienced its most hard-felt kinetic strike by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the Daesh militancy) in its capital of Jakarta. The city first experienced explosions from Indonesian ISIL militants followed by a series of firearm engagements. Attacks were coordinated to target … Continue reading “Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL”


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