• Events

    Responding to China’s Challenges in East and Southeast Asia

    19 November 2015. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Dr Tim Huxley
    Executive Director, IISS-Asia
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 19 November 2015, 8-9am

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s ambitious Silk Road vision

    26 October 2015. 

    Until recently, there had been much uncertainty surrounding China’s initiative to build links between its economy and those of Central and Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean region, the Middle East and Europe. Sceptics questioned whether it could live up to the ambitious goals set by Beijing, but large-scale projects are already under way under the ‘One Belt, One Road’ banner.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Are global market infrastructures an instrument of foreign policy?

    20 October 2015.  Roughly 9,000 members of the global finance community gathered in Singapore last week at a conference devoted to ‘market infrastructure’ – meaning the plumbing (communication, clearing, settlement, depository) that makes finance work. On one level it was a very geeky affair, with its own confusing jargon. The name of the conference, SIBOS, refers to another acronym, SWIFT. If you wanted to fill a room, all you had to do was...

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: US and TPP: Losing balance in the rebalance

    12 October 2015.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security With the conclusion of talks for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), what had begun as a humble experiment between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in 2006 is now poised to free up trade in 40 per cent of the world economy. Arguably, it would also bolster Washington's much-touted "pivot" or "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific, announced with much fanfare in 2011. That's the good...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tim Huxley: Japan’s P-1 leads defence export drive

    11 September 2015.  By Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS-Asia Thanks to the Japanese embassy in Singapore and the Republic of Singapore Air Force, together with my colleagues William Choong and Alex Neill, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Paya Lebar air base for a briefing on the Kawasaki P-1 maritime-patrol aircraft (MPA). Two P-1s from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Air Development Squadron 51 were making a refuelling stop in Singapore...

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC News: China parade to display past and future

    02 September 2015.  President Xi Jinping will on Thursday preside over an enormous military parade in Beijing in commemoration of China's World War Two victory over Japan 70 years ago. Alexander Neill from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) examines what we can expect to see.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Remembering the past and looking to the future

    02 September 2015.  When I was asked to write about my impressions of the Chinese military parade scheduled for 3 September, I accepted with a measure of trepidation. In recent days I have reflected on the significance of this anniversary and the message the parade will deliver – not just in China, but across the world. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    William Choong: Pacifism and the problems of history

    01 September 2015.  Recently, I was interviewed by a Japanese broadcast journalist on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to push through legislation that would enable Japan to participate in collective self-defence with its allies. The journalist was taken aback when I said that the move was not controversial, given that Japan has already embarked on a process of gradual normalisation of its military for decades. In Japan, such views would be attacked by...

  • Expert Commentary

    澎湃: 阅兵旁观者|未来亚洲能否避免战争?中国提供一次观察良机

    31 August 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security 被约写对9月3日中国阅兵式的看法,笔者心里忐忑不安,但最终还是接受了。这些天来一直在思考纪念抗日战争胜利70周年的意义,以及此次阅兵所要传达的讯息,不仅是向国内,还有全世界。 笔者的看法是,此次中国展示军事力量之所以重要,原因在于:它不仅回望历史、展示今日的风貌,同时面向未来。这就产生了一些难题,关于未来亚洲力量平衡的难题。 西方对中国贡献缺乏认识 为将日本军国主义驱逐出亚洲,数以百万计的中国人付出了宝贵的生命。由此,这次阅兵举行正当其时,中国以巨大牺牲所作出的贡献,完全有权感到骄傲。与此同时,阅兵也是对中国军事现代化近20年来所取得的瞩目成果的认可和庆祝。 在中国战场,中国共产党和国民党军队共同对日作战,缓解了美国及同盟军在亚洲其他地方的压力。此外,在美军部署下,成千上万的中国士兵背井离乡奔赴缅甸与日军作战。 中国人抛头颅、洒热血,为击败日本及二战最终的胜利作出了卓越的贡献,却并未在西方得到广泛赞许。但这种理解的缺乏并不能曲解为对日本二战暴行的普遍漠视。 Read the full article at The Paper

  • IISS Voices

    Antoine Levesques: India and China move towards military hotline

    10 August 2015.  To help keep the peace along their disputed border, China and India should fulfil their promise to establish a direct line between their military headquarters – and soon

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