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Title: The intersection of emergent technologies and geopolitics : implications for Singapore
Authors: Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman (2020). The intersection of emergent technologies and geopolitics : implications for Singapore. RSIS Working Papers, 327-20, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Series/Report no.: RSIS Working Papers, 327-20
Abstract: his paper examines how Singapore as a small state will have to navigate a more contested world from a policy-relevant angle. A primary driver of geopolitical contestation today stems from emergent or Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies contributing to the redistribution of geopolitical power to the disadvantage of the established western-led international order. Even as Singapore embarks on numerous programmes to invest in and adopt 4IR technologies, it has to consider geopolitics besides technical specifications and budgetary issues. A small state will have to face trade-offs when it engages the competing big powers to preserve its neutrality and balance relations. It is difficult for small states to emulate each other’s strategies in balancing relations with the big powers given their varying levels of risk appetite and technological adoption, as well as their different geostrategic and geo-economic realities. Nevertheless, there are strategic steps that small states such as Singapore can take to defend its national interests better while investing in and adopting 4IR technologies.
Schools: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: open
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