Project Code: STATE-SGP-144
|Project Title||Singapore’s Foreign Policy Engagements with Key Partner Countries|
|Project Summary||Research and track Singapore’s external engagements and foreign policy developments with key partners in the region and globally.|
|Country/Region of Focus||Singapore|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||1|
This Virtual Intern position will be responsible for creating a tracking document using publicly available resources to capture Singapore’s external engagements, including high-level visits, national dialogues, joint statements, new initiatives, and other developments in Singapore’s bilateral relationship with other countries. Countries of interest will vary, but will include the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Cuba and the United Kingdom among others. The information gathered in the tracker will be used in the Embassy’s internal and external reporting. Strong analytical, written, and communications skills required; a self-motivator with the ability to manage multiple work streams and deadlines.
In July 2017, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan laid out the following five core principles of Singapore's foreign policy: First, Singapore needs to be a successful and vibrant economy. Second, Singapore must not become a vassal state – it must be prepared to defend its territory, its assets and its way of life. Third, Singapore aims to be a friend to all, but an enemy of none. Fourth, Singapore must promote a global world order governed by the rule of law and international norms. Fifth, Singapore must be a credible and consistent partner. A link to the foreign minister’s speech is here (https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/five-core-principles-of-singapores-foreign-policy).
Furthermore, on May 7, 2018, Singapore President Halimah Yacob outlined five priorities for the Singaporean government for the remaining two-and-a-half years of Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong’s term. The priorities are: 1) securing a place in the world for Singapore; 2) building a world-class city; 3) developing a vibrant economy; 4) forging a caring and inclusive society; and 5) nurturing a distinct Singapore identity. A link to the president’s speech is here (http://www.istana.gov.sg/news/speeches/2018/address-president-halimah-yacob-second-session-the-thirteenth-parliament).