About CENS  


The Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) is a research unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Established on 1 April 2006, the Centre is devoted to rigorous policy-relevant analysis of a range of national security issues. The CENS team is multinational in composition, comprising specialists in various aspects of national and homeland security affairs. It works closely with other RSIS research programmes and with national security agencies such as the National Security Coordination Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office.

To be an international thought leader in both the concepts of national security and resilience as well as the policy-relevant application of such research to promote national security.

To produce rigorous policy-relevant analysis of a range of national security issues and increase the intellectual capital invested in strategising national security.

CENS conducts research in four main domains:

  • The Cyber Programme focuses on policy-related issues pertaining to cybersecurity as well as new trends and challenges in the fast-changing world of digital technology. The primary areas of inquiry are international cyber norms, emerging cyber threats, smart cities, cyber governance and legislation, artificial intelligence, and cybercrime.

  • The Homeland Defence Programme focuses on research that enhances the resilience of key niches of the national security ecosystem. The main areas of inquiry are Strategic Communication and Social Media Analysis.

  • The Radicalisation Studies Programme examines the processes of radicalisation to violence of individuals and groups. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the radicalisation process, cognisant that it is the complex interweaving of social and political dynamics as well as the personal that leads one to regard the use of violence as a legitimate means of protest.

  • The Social Resilience Programme examines both the concept of resilience in framing national security as well as the constitutive elements of social resilience such as multiculturalism, citizenship, class, and immigration. It takes a multidisciplinary approach in its research and employs multiple research methodologies.

CENS’ policy-oriented commentaries and other research outputs promote greater awareness of emerging threats as well as global best practices in responding to these threats. Besides exposing national security officials to leading-edge thinking on the prevention of, and response to, national security threats, CENS’ workshops and seminars facilitate networking to create a community of practice in various security domains.  

To drive public debate on critical issues such as radicalisation, multicultulralism, strategic communication, and cybersecurity, CENS researchers regularly contribute articles to leading newspapers as well as participate in radio and television interviews.

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