Each year since 2002, the International Institute for Strategic Studies has organised the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. At this intergovernmental regional security summit, defence ministers, military chiefs and other leading members of the national-security establishments of the Asia-Pacific states – and other countries vitally involved in the region – meet to discuss the crucial regional security matters of the day. The Dialogue has become a fixture in the calendars of key defence decision-makers from the 27 countries that regularly send delegations.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016 is the third IISS Strategic Dossier to be published in association with the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. It focuses on five centrally important groups of regional security concerns relevant to the important discussions that can be expected at the Dialogue in 2016 and subsequent years:
- The role of the Asian major powers – China, India and Japan – in regional security.
- Maritime security challenges, including the militarisation of the South China Sea.
- Potential regional flashpoints: the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan.
- Developments in regional states’ naval and defence-industrial capabilities.
- Emerging regional security issues in the form of challenges from unregulated migration and the Islamic State, and the wider implications of economic-cooperation initiatives.
Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016 was launched at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday 3 June in Singapore.