The 3rd Shangri-la Dialogue Sherpa Meeting took place 25-27 January in Singapore.
Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen delivered the Keynote Address at the third International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Forum: The Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting at the Fullerton Hotel.
Addressing an audience of defence officials, senior military officers and academics, Dr Ng noted the important role they played as 'Sherpas' in guiding each Shangri-La Dialogue to a fruitful conclusion. He also outlined four key themes for discussion at the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue: the threat of religious extremism, dynamics between major powers, political instability in Asian countries, and trans-national challenges arising from disasters and cybersecurity threats. To tackle security challenges, Dr Ng called on the forum to focus on optimising multilateral platforms to improve regional security, implementing practical measures that would deliver concrete outcomes, and building real capacity to respond to challenges quickly and effectively. Dr Ng said, 'In today's interdependent world, it is crucial for us to recognise that regional peace and stability depend on the collective will, and indeed the collective efforts, of nations to address the security challenges facing our region.'
The Fullerton Forum, normally organised in January or February each year, brings together senior defence officials and military officers, as non-governmental experts, from the countries that participate in the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, the Asia-Pacific’s principal pan-regional security and defence institution.
The IISS Fullerton Forum, as part of the intellectual support for the Shangri-La Dialogue, provides an important venue for discussing Asia-Pacific security and defence developments, and facilitates an exchange of views between non-governmental strategic analysts (Including senior IISS staff) and the senior officials and officers who support the participation of defence ministers and armed forces’ chiefs in the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Keynote Address: Strengthening cooperation to enhance security