America the Indispensable Power: Singapore's Perspective of America as a Security Partner
Tan, See Seng
Date of Issue2016
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Security relations between Singapore and the United States have evolved significantly since the former gained independence in 1965. From an unlikely partnership pursued by Singapore by default rather than choice during Singapore's formative years, the United States has since evolved into a vital partner of Singapore because of the indispensable role it has played in ensuring a stable balance of power in the Asia-Pacific and in facilitating the economic prosperity of the region. Their partnership has endured rough patches due to political differences. In the post-9/11 period, Singapore's security has also been affected as a result of its close ties with the United States. Moreover, Singapore's reliance on hedging has at times fostered doubts—more so now in the era of U.S. rebalancing—about the congruence of its interests with those of America. However, it is clear Singapore prefers the perceived benign presence of the United States over other powers.
Asian Politics & Policy
© 2016 Policy Studies Organization (published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in Asian Politics & Policy, published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Policy Studies Organization. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aspp.12236].