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Title: Absolute control: why the SAF does not intervene in domestic politics
Authors: Chan, Mervyn Jing Wei
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science::Political institutions::Asia::Singapore
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Chan, M. J. W. (2022). Absolute control: why the SAF does not intervene in domestic politics. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Project: HA21_09 
Abstract: In a region where Armed Forces often intervene in domestic politics, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has emerged as one of the strongest military forces in the region, yet oddly remaining in barracks throughout the entirety of Singapore’s independence. In this paper, I will attempt to explain the puzzle of the lack of SAF intervention in Singaporean domestic politics. I attribute this anomaly to the barriers and routes to power for members of the SAF Officer Corps, creating clear channels for office-seeking SAF Officers to fulfil their political ambitions outside of the SAF, and the general lack of will within the SAF and its Officer Corps to seize power. I will also contrast the SAF to the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF), to further reinforce the arguments in this paper.
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:SSS Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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