• Expert Commentary

    China and the South China Sea: ‘you shall not pass’

    28 April 2017.  Is Beijing’s apparent willingness to accelerate talks with ASEAN on a South China Sea Code of Conduct just a stalling tactic? With China’s land-reclamation and militarisation programme continuing apace, the United States must be prepared to enforce a red line in the South China Sea if the regional rules-based order is to prevail, argues William Choong.

  • Strategic Comments

    China–North Korea relations and the 19th Party Congress

    28 April 2017. 

    China has come under increasing American pressure to lean on North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. But Chinese President Xi Jinping's priority is to maintain the domestic and international status quo to ensure the Communist Party's smooth transition behind him at the 19th Party Congress next autumn. Until that process has been completed, major change in Beijing's behaviour towards Pyongyang is unlikely.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 20 to 26 April

    27 April 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

  • IISS Voices

    Not all Chinese see THAAD missile system as immediate threat

    19 April 2017.  Chinese commentators have savaged the US deployment of the THAAD missile system to South Korea, arguing it could monitor Beijing's missile tests or even strike at the country. But dissenting voices say the risks have been overstated. Yumu Chen examines the claims underpinning their analysis.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 6 to 12 April

    13 April 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

  • Events

    China: Indispensable Antagonist?

    13 April 2017. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series
    Amy Celico, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group
    Susan V. Lawrence, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
    Michael Pillsbury, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Chinese Strategy, Hudson Institute
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 13 April 10–11.30am EST

  • Events

    Saving Afghanistan’s Transition

    11 April 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University
    Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Sunday Times
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 11 April 2017, 1–2pm BST

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 30 March to 5 April

    06 April 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

  • IISS Voices

    Transformational leaders set to meet at US–China summit

    05 April 2017.  North Korea and bilateral trade ties are among the subjects likely to dominate discussions between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump when they meet for the first time this week. Here, Alex Neill examines what the summit could mean for the world’s most important bilateral relationship.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Why China is outdoing the US in Asia’s coercion contest

    03 April 2017.  When it comes to the art of exerting influence without using armed violence, China has the advantage.

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