• IISS Voices

    The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success

    14 August 2017.  How has North Korea managed to make such astounding progress with its long-range missile programme over the last two years? Here, Michael Elleman shares the first solid evidence that North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from illicit networks in Russia and Ukraine.

  • IISS Voices

    US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific

    31 July 2017.  Tensions with China may increase as the year wears on – while North Korea's missile tests present an urgent challenge.  

  • Military Balance Blog

    Type-055: a new chapter in China’s naval modernisation

    24 July 2017.  There is an exclusive club of five maritime nations currently operating surface combatants that displace over 9,750 tonnes – or what in The Military Balance classifies as ‘cruisers’. Missile defence and the ability to fire larger cruise missiles require bigger radars and cooling systems as well as more missile-launcher space, which all contribute to driving up the size of the vessel.

  • IISS Voices

    Why India and China need to turn down heat on simmering border dispute

    13 July 2017.  While neither India nor China wants current tensions in their unresolved border dispute to escalate, the crisis risks destabilising their fragile relationship if they cannot find a face-saving solution. It can no longer be seen in isolation from wider inter-regional developments in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s ramjet progress, but with speed constraints?

    10 July 2017.  China continues to move toward fielding one or more designs of rocket/ramjet-powered air-to-air missiles, with local scientific-press reports of further recent flight tests: but missile speed, rather than the speed of progress, is – for now – a point of uncertainty.

  • IISS Voices

    Smart sanctions on Chinese firms to stop illicit North Korea ties

    30 June 2017.  Washington's application of sanctions against Chinese entities with alleged ties to illicit North Korean activities was long overdue, argue Mark Fitzpatrick and Minori Fryer. It should have been clear to Trump well before now that China was not going to solve the North Korea problem.

  • Strategic Comments

    US–China dialogue and the tenuous bilateral relationship

    28 June 2017. 

    Despite recent diplomatic efforts by Washington and Beijing to keep the bilateral relationship on an even keel, China has continued to behave assertively in the Asia-Pacific and Chinese President Xi Jinping has effectively promulgated his own vision for a regional and global order. In the absence of a robust or coherent US policy for the region, China appears to have gained the upper hand in terms of the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Shifting sands in the South China Sea

    04 June 2017.  The South China Sea dispute shows no sign of ending, despite a tribunal decision on the issue last July. See how China, the US and the Philippines have addressed the problem in recent months. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Malcolm Turnbull discusses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

    03 June 2017.  The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 'is a remarkable conference', says Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. By hosting frank discussions the dialogue builds trust and confidence between nations. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    NATO General Denis Mercier on challenges common to both the Atlantic and the Pacific

    03 June 2017.  On the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 NATO General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, talked to us about the common challenges faced by NATO and the Asia Pacific region.

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