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Yang Razali Kassim

Yang Razali Kassim
Senior Fellow and Advisor (Media Outreach)
DID: 6790 6817
Email: isyangrazali@ntu.edu.sg




Yang Razali Kassim is Senior Fellow and Advisor (Media Outreach) at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He is also Editor of RSIS Commentaries and Strategic Currents – two major RSIS publications, and a Faculty Associate of the RSIS Contemporary Islam Programme.

Prior to RSIS, he was a senior journalist with Singapore Press Holdings, serving as Regional Editor with The Business Times and before that, Principal Assistant to the Editor/Senior Correspondent with The Straits Times, as well as a stint as Jakarta Correspondent for The Straits Times. Hewas a Wolfson Press Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University and recipient of a Pan-Asia Award in Journalism by Citibank.He graduated with Second Class Upper Honours in Political Science from the then University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore).

His research interests in non-traditional security studies are in the politics and diplomacy of climate change, as well as human security, particularly in ASEAN, with a focus on socio-political transitions, internal and cross-border conflicts as well as state-civil society relations in Southeast Asia.

In his professional career, Mr Yang Razali has closely followed major ASEAN meetings of political, security and economic ministers as well as the summits of APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), ASEM (the Asia-Europe Meeting) and the WTO (World Trade Organization). He has also attended several domestic, regional as well as international conferences on political and economic developments in the region, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF); the APEC summits in Seattle in 1993, Bogor in 1994, Osaka in 1995, Manila in 1996, Auckland in 1997 and Kuala Lumpur in 1998, as well as key meetings of the WTO such as those held in Singapore and Seattle, US. 

In addition, he has also been a civil society activist. He is a founder of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), a major civil society and self-help group, and has served in leading positions until he stepped down as Chairman in 2006. In the AMP, he initiated various programmes to assist the disadvantaged and under-privileged, promoted inter-ethnic and inter-faith dialogues and cooperation, and engaged in advocacy work, including dialogues with government leaders.

Selected Publications

  • Books and Book Chapters
    • Transition Politics in Southeast Asia: Dynamics of Leadership Change and Succession in Indonesia and Malaysia (2005: Marshall Cavendish, Singapore).
    • Edited Strategic Currents: Emerging Trends in Southeast Asia (2009: RSIS & ISEAS, Singapore).
    • Edited Strategic Currents: Marking the Transition to the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (2006: Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore).
    • ‘Yudhoyono: Outlook for 2006’ in Regional Outlook Southeast Asia, 2006–2007 (2006: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).
    • ‘Winning Over the Malay Community: Politics of Engagement’, in Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore (2009: NUS Press, Institute of Policy Studies and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy).
    • Editor of Issues in Non-Traditional Security in Asia (forthcoming, to be published in 2011: RSIS and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore).
  • Commentaries
Climate change and natural disasters
Internal challenges and cross-border conflict
Leadership and political transitions


Posted on: 5/4/2011 4:26:47 PM  |  Topic: Other NTS Issues

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