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Abdul Rahman Yaacob


Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Master of Asia Pacific Studies (ANU) and Master of Arts (International Relations) from Flinders University, Australia.

Contact details

Abdul Rahman Yaacob is a PhD candidate with the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University (ANU).

PhD programme

National Security College

Supervisor(s) and panel members


Accepted for Publication:
British Journal for Military History, “Towards A ‘Forward Defence’ For Singapore: Revisiting the Strategy of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), 1971-1978.”

Australian Journal of Politics and History: “Singapore’s Threat Perception: The Barter Trade Crisis and Malaysia’s Decision to Use Military Force against Singapore, October-December 1965”.

East Asia Forum
9 July 2021 - Can Malaysia afford frugality in air force modernisation?
15 June 2021 - Rethinking the Philippines’ submarine program
21 December 2019 - Singapore’s forward defence strategy goes naval
11 July 2019 - Singapore’s nextgen leadership to be baptised in fire
30 January 2019 (co-authored)- Singapore–Malaysia relations in troubled waters

Scholarships and fellowships

Australian Government Research Training Program

Academic Achievements

Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation for Master of Arts (International Relations), (Flinders University, 2017).
Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation for Master of Asia-Pacific Studies, (ANU, 2012).

Academic Interests

Great powers and small states security
Southeast Asian security and defence policy

Employment history

Prior to joining NSC, Rahman worked with the Ministry of Home Affairs/Singapore Police Force where he had several postings that extend from strategic planning to ground tactical domains. He has experiences in working with business and diplomatic communities on community policing, crime-prevention and counter-terrorism issues. In addition, he has extensive ground experience in planning and commanding security operations including security coverage for sensitive events and ceremonies involving Head of State/Government and foreign dignitaries. He has received several awards including the Commissioner of Police’s Commendation Award (Rejection of Bribe) and Minister for Home Affairs’ Operational Excellence Award (Team).

Other Work Experience

Singapore - Facilitator in Interfaith Dialogue activities with the primary objective of building social cohesion across the different religious groups within Singapore.

Australia - A volunteer and Committee Member at Migrant and Refugee Centre (MRC) in Adelaide, South Australia. Beside his primary task as a Case Interviewer, Rahman assisted the Coordinator to review budget, annual workplan and corporate strategy for MRC. He completed a research paper for MRC in 2016 on Barriers to Entering the Australian Job Market for Migrants and Refugees. The study included focus group discussions, one to one interview with migrants/refugees and data analysis.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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