Dr Samuel Chan

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Samuel Chan is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy. He was formerly an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and a Jebsen Fellow at the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (Afghanistan). Dr. Chan facilitated military education courses at ADFA and SAFTI Military Institute, and also attended the Summer Seminar in Military History at the United States Military Academy, West Point. His civilian education includes a B.Sc with Honours Class 1 in Statistics (UNSW), a M.Sc in Strategic Studies (NTU), a M.Sc in Russian and East European Studies (Oxford), and a Ph.D in Political and International Studies (UNSW). Dr. Chan is the beneficiary of the British Chevening Scholarship, Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship, and Australian Postgraduate Award.

  • Samuel Chan, "Strategic gains without the Strategic Corporal: The Singapore Armed Forces in Afghanistan (2007-13)," in David Lovell (ed.), The Strategic Corporal Revisited: Challenges for Combatants in Twenty-First Century Warfare (under review).
  • Samuel Chan, "Forged in an Australian Institution of Excellence: Distinguished Singaporean graduates of the Royal Military College Duntroon" (submitted for review).
  • Ho Shu Huang and Samuel Chan, The SAF and Singapore at 50 (Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies) - part of the Singapore Chronicles Monograph Series to commemorate Singapore's first 50 years of independence (forthcoming).
  • Alan Chong and Samuel Chan "Civil-Military Relations in Singapore: Militarized Civilians preparing for 'Crisis' within a Calibrated Nationalism" (submitted for review).
  • Samuel Chan, "Into the fight with one fist tied: contours and fault lines of the Second Indo-China War," Pointer: Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces, 37:2 (2011), pp. 11-22.
  • Samuel Chan, "The Evolution of Peace Support Operations and implications for the conscript military," Pointer: Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces, 37:1 (2011), pp. 62-78.
  • Samuel Chan, "Pyrrhic victory in the 'Tournament of Shadows': Central Asia's quest for water security (1991-2009)," Asian Security, 6:2 (2010), pp. 121-45.
  • Samuel Chan, "The IDF and the Second Lebanon War", Pointer: Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces, 34:4 (2009), pp. 45-56.
  • Samuel Chan, "Sentinels of Afghan Democracy: The Afghan National Army", Military Review (Jan/Feb 2009), pp. 25-40.
  • Samuel Chan, "The problems of Neighbours, Brothers and Guests: Breaking the impasse in Afghanistan", China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 6:4 (2008) pp. 103-28.
Newspaper Commentaries:


Chan S, 2019, Aristocracy of Armed Talent: The Military Elite in Singapore, National University of Singapore Press, Singapore, https://nuspress.nus.edu.sg/products/aristocracy-of-armed-talent-the-military-elite-in-singapore

Chan S; Ho SH, 2015, Defence, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore, https://stbooks.sg/products/singapore-chronicles-defence

Book Chapters

Chan SLW, 2019, 'Numbers matter and number matters: National Service and Singapore's quest for military deterrence', in Ong-Webb G; Huang HS (ed.), National Service In Singapore, World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 105 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789813149229_0005

Chan S, 2017, 'Strategic gains without the Strategic Corporal: The Singapore Armed Forces in Afghanistan (2007-13)', in Lovell DW; Baker D-P (ed.), The Strategic Corporal Revisited Challenges for combatants in 21st-century warfare, Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 147 - 147

Journal articles

Chong A; Chan S, 2017, 'Militarizing civilians in Singapore: preparing for ‘Crisis’ within a calibrated nationalism1', Pacific Review, vol. 30, pp. 365 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2016.1249906

Chan S, 2010, 'Pyrrhic Victory in the “Tournament of Shadows”: Central Asia's Quest for Water Security (1991–2009)', Asian Security, vol. 6, pp. 121 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14799851003756584

Chan S, 2009, 'Sentinels of Afghan Democracy: The Afghan National Army', Military Review, pp. 25 - 25, https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/military-review/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20090228_art006.pdf