Collin KOH Swee Lean

Senior Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Collin Koh is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies which is a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, based in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has research interests on naval affairs in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on Southeast Asia. Collin has published several op-eds, policy- and academic journal articles as well as chapters for edited volumes covering his research areas. He has also taught at Singapore Armed Forces professional military education and training courses. Besides research and teaching, Collin also contributes his perspectives to various local and international media outlets and participates in activities with geopolitical risks consultancies.


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“In for the Long Haul: Sustaining the INDOMALPHI Trilateral Maritime and Air Patrols in the Sulu/Celebes Seas,” Naval Forces, Vol. XXXVIII, No. V/2017, p. 6.

Beyond a balanced fleet: a sharper, smarter and stronger Republic of Singapore Navy beyond 2017," In Naval Forces, vol. 38 (3), 2017

“Emerging from obscurity: small navies and sea-launched land-attack cruise missiles,” Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India, Vol. 12, Issue 1 (June 2016), pp. 46-57

“What Next for the Indonesian Navy? Challenges and Prospects for Attaining the Minimum Essential Force by 2024,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 37, Issue 3 (2015), pp. 432-62

review of Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific: Perspectives from China, India and the United States, edited by Mohan Malik (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2015), pp. 137-39.

“ASEAN Perspectives on Naval Cooperation with India: Singapore and Vietnam”, India Review, 12(3), 2013, pp. 186-206.

“Seeking Balance: Force Projection, Confidence-building and the Republic of Singapore Navy”, Naval War College Review, 65(1), Winter 2012, pp. 75-92.

“Political ‘New Dawn’ in Myanmar: Implications and Future Prospects for the Myanmar Navy”, Journal of Defense Studies & Resource Management, 1(1), 2012, pp. 1-4.