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The Sep 2019 edition of The Straits Times Book Club will see Zakir Hussain, News Editor of The Straits Times, engaging with former minister, diplomat and law dean S Jayakumar, author of DIPLOMACY: A Singapore Experience. The Q&A session will be followed by a book signing.
About the book & author
In this updated book, viewed by many as a definitive guide to Singapore-style diplomacy, former minister, diplomat and law dean S Jayakumar outlines the principles and norms that form the bedrock of Singapore’s foreign policy, shaped by more than five decades of hard-earned experience of ministers and officials.
Professor Jayakumar, who retired from politics as Senior Minister in 2011, illustrates these with his accounts of and reflections on milestones where he had been involved as either Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs or, much earlier, as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN).
This second edition includes an overview and chapter updates of the tumultuous trends and developments in the 2010s that have made a significant impact on geopolitics and diplomacy, especially for small states such as Singapore.
About the moderator
Zakir Hussain is News Editor of The Straits Times. He was previously Political Editor and Foreign Editor. He joined the newspaper in 2005 and has reported on politics, security and foreign policy, and was based in Jakarta as Indonesia Bureau Chief for three years.
Pre-registration is required for every session. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration so other readers have the opportunity to attend the session. The session will run from 7.00-8.30pm ; registration will start from 6.15pm. Food catering has ceased, with effect 01 Jan 2019.
About the Book Club
The Straits Times Book Club seeks to create a platform for book lovers to meet the authors of important and bestselling titles, as well as build a community around the written word.