2nd S R Nathan Fellow - Bilahari Kausikan


Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan

Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is currently Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Singapore. From 2001 to May 2013, he was the Second Permanent Secretary and subsequently the Permanent Secretary of MFA. He retired in June 2013 after 33 years in the public sector.

Ambassador Kausikan held a variety of appointments in the MFA, such as Director for Southeast Asia, Director for East Asia and the Pacific and Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia. He was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1995 to 1998 and Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1994 to 1995.

He has been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) by the Singapore government. He was also awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins with the rank of Gran Cruz by the President of the Republic of Chile and the Oman Civil Merit Order by the Sultan of Oman.

Ambassador Kausikan was educated at Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.

2015/16 IPS-Nathan Lectures

  • Lecture I — An Age without Definition (29 January 2016)
  • Lecture II — US-China Relations (25 Feburary 2016)
  • Lecture III — Southeast Asia and ASEAN (30 March 2016)
  • Lecture IV — The Myth of Universality: The Geopolitics of Human Rights (29 April 2016)
  • Lecture V — Can Singapore Cope? (25 May 2016)
  • Launch of Dealing with an Ambiguous World (18 October 2016)

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