This thesis is a study about Singapore’s foreign policy in the post-cold war period. Southeast Asia has changed a lot since the end of the cold war. Being part of the area, Singapore is also member of the ASEAN, this is why the changes in this region affect her as well. This paper deals about how the changes in this region affect the foreign policy of Singapore.
Singapore is part of Southeast Asia, this is why she has to take part in whatever happens in this region, and the stability in this area is also one of her main concern. In the post-cold war, Southeast Asia’s activities have been quite intense due to the economic crisis, ethnic conflicts, all this make this area unstable in the post-cold war period . Besides, with the withdrawing of American and Russian influence, the power-vacuum brings the feeling of unsafety in this area, this is why Singapore had to make changes in her foreign policies in order to fit the current situation in a more pragmatic and flexible way. According to the criteria listed below, this thesis is first doing some analysis on what influences the foreign policies of Singapore, then it tells what are the main concerns when Singapore is forming her policies. By knowing first the way in which she forms her policies, we then discover the pattern Singapore uses towards her neighbors, so that we could better understand the changes in her policies.
In the post-cold war period, Singapore has been able to develop better policies towards great powers such as China Japan, and the United States ,even their neighbors. In that way, she will be able to pursue the most of her national interest. Hoping provide the comparison example to Taiwan, which is also a small state from learning and the development in the future.