If geography is destiny, then Singapore is a nation of destiny.
Sitting astride one of the world's most critical chokepoints, this polyglot island republic with a population of Denmark on a spot of land 1/4 the size of Rhode Island.
For her size, she has a modern, large, and capable navy and military - important for what has always been a rough neighborhood.
What makes Singapore's national security requirements unique, and what role does she play as the Indo-Pacific Theater becomes the center of global concern?
Returning to Midrats to discuss this and more will be Blake Herzinger.
Blake is a Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellow with the Pacific Forum and President of the Singapore chapter of CIMSEC.
He studied political science at Brigham Young University before spending a decade in active service with the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer.
His analysis has been published in Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, and The Diplomat, as well as the publications for the Lowy Institute and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He's lived in Singapore since 2013 and is a 2017 graduate of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Blake’s research focus is on security assistance dynamics, maritime security, and seapower.