Over the last year, numerous questions on the future of international order have been raised by the eurozone financial crisis, the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East, the continuing rise of China, and the new U.S. pivot or rebalancing strategy towards Asia. Transnational challenges such as climate change and resource management have created new uncertainties, while the Fukushima disaster has cast doubts on nuclear energy as a clean source of energy for the future. As the world's economic centre of gravity continues to shift eastwards, the Asia Pacific region has become strategically more significant as a key player in international affairs.

To gain an Asian perspective on these global strategic trends, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) will host the third Singapore Global Dialogue on 20-21 September 2012, which aims to be Asia's foremost platform to discuss international strategic issues.

Participants of the conference will discuss current developments in the Asia Pacific and beyond, and explore the most pressing challenges to the contemporary international order. Themes that will be addressed at the event include U.S.-China relations, contemporary global security challenges, and world economic governance.

Since its debut in 2010, the Singapore Global Dialogue has brought over 400 participants to Singapore annually, including leading policymakers and opinion formers from various government policy sectors, security forces, the international business community, academia, think tanks and NGOs from across Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. Speakers and other participants engage in robust exchanges of views on global and regional developments.

Through sustained and high level engagements, the Singapore Global Dialogue will influence contemporary debates on international affairs.