• Expert Commentary

    Joint US-Korea Academic Studies: What to Do about North Korea

    29 August 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme  North Korea is the world’s most troublesome country, brutal at home and a bully abroad. In 2013 it became even more dangerous, both to its neighbors and to its own people. Most worrisome are the nuclear weapons that Pyongyang sees as vital for the preservation of the regime. Although North Korea seems intent on never trading them away for economic or political benefits...

  • IISS Voices

    Karl Eikenberry: Sino-American conflict is not inevitable

    08 August 2014.  China’s recent economic rise has generated widespread predictions of an inevitable conflict with the United States. But, IISS Council Member Lieutenant-General Karl Eikenberry argues in a recent article for American Review  that while there’s a long history of conflict between established and emerging powers, China and the United Sates are not necessarily fated to repeat the pattern today. Acknowledging the numerous points of tension between the two countries, Eikenberry suggests...

  • Events

    China’s Cyber Power: Policy, Capability and Exploitation

    23 July 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nigel Inkster
    Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 July 2014

  • Events

    Is there an Arms Race in Asia?

    26 June 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Christian Le Mière
    Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Douglas Paal
    Vice President for Studies and Director of the Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Thursday 26 June 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: The UK-China 'Landmark Agreement' on Nuclear Energy Cooperation

    24 June 2014.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Amid the pageantry surrounding the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to the UK, one of the bilateral agreements signed last week went largely unnoticed. The announcement that Chinese companies could own and operate Chinese-designed nuclear power plants in the UK might have been viewed with alarm in nationalist quarters, but the ‘Made in China’ label is no longer pejorative, even when...

  • Events

    Address by Li Keqiang

    18 June 2014. 

    IISS and Chatham House Key Address
    Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China
    Mansion House, London
    Wednesday 18 June

  • Events

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security: UK Launch

    13 June 2014. 

    Strategic Dossier Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 13 June

  • Shangri-La Voices

    William Choong: Better a war of words than clashes at sea

    05 June 2014.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue last week, Lieutenant-General Wang Guanzhong dropped a proverbial bomb in the Island Ballroom. Halfway through his 38-minute speech, the deputy chief of general staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) accused Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel of ‘coordinating’ and ‘supporting’ one another in comments targeted at China. Lt-Gen. Wang...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Christian Le Mière: Japan, Lawfare and the East China Sea

    04 June 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security In an article published by The Diplomat on May 29, Jerome Cohen makes an impassioned and well-reasoned argument for states in East Asia to utilize independent, third-party arbitration mechanisms wherever possible to challenge China’s maximalist claims. This was very much the theme of a question I asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his opening keynote address at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue. Essentially, I asked the...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Nigel Inkster: SLD 2014 – the gloves come off

    02 June 2014.  By Nigel Inkster, Director, Transnational Threats and Political Risk By general consensus, the 2014 Shangri-La Dialogue entered new territory. Until now, exchanges at the Dialogue had been very Asian in their circumspection and avoidance of controversy. Pressure has been building up for some time, driven by regional concerns about the implications of an increasingly assertive and militarily capable China disposed to challenge the United States’ status as guarantor of regional stability...

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