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Asst Prof Michael Raska
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Military Transformations Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
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Dr Michael Raska is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Military Transformations Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests focus on East Asian security and defense, including theoretical and policy-oriented aspects of military innovation, force modernization, information conflicts and cyberwarfare.

He is the author of Military Innovation and Small States: Creating Reverse Asymmetry (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor of Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century Cross-Regional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015). He has published in journals such as the Journal of Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Prism – Journal of Complex Operations, Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Korea Journal of Defense Analysis, Pointer-Journal of Singapore Armed Forces, and Asian Journal of Public Affairs.

His academic contributions also include chapters in edited volumes in cooperation with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS); Center for New American Security (CNAS); the Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies (IFS); the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the UC San Diego; the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the US Army War College.

His strategic assessments have been published by the Defense News, The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, Asia Times, and select newspapers worldwide. He is a commentator on East Asian security issues for the CNBC, BBC World News, Channel News Asia, and other networks.

Dr Raska has taught at the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (SAF Campaign and War Studies Course) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (International Security).

His research experiences include visiting fellowships at Yonsei University, Pacific Forum CSIS, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an alumni of the Columbia / Cornell University Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS 2012), the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Workshop at Basin Harbor (2013), the Hertog Summer Study Program (2014), and the Young Strategists Forum (2017).

He holds a Ph.D.from the National University of Singapore, where he was a recipient of the President’s Graduate Fellowship.
Military Innovation: Theory, Processes, and Debate – Impact of emerging disruptive technologies and new types of armaments on military transformation and modernisation, particularly when it comes to new operational concept and new operating areas, especially in the maritime, air, and space domains;
Security Conceptions, Strategic Trends, and Military Modernisation in East Asia: Regional approaches to military modernisation and its implications for the medium to long-term stability of the geo-strategic environment of the Asia Pacific;
Information & Cyber Warfare: Cross-Domain Strategic Interactions – Implications of cyber and information warfare on international security; Long-range trends and developments when it comes to future warfare.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Asian Armies: Technologies for Next Major Wars
Courses Taught
S6038 Conflicts in the Digital Age: Information and Cyberwarfare

IR6036 International Relations of Korea: Searching For Security, Autonomy, and Independence