14 November 2013.
Dr Troy Sternberg
Researcher, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Arundel House, London
Thursday 14 November
21 October 2013.
A series of diplomatic manoeuvres by China and Japan in Southeast Asia has underlined their increasing competition for regional influence. While there is inherent strategic value to the promotion of ties with Southeast Asia’s dynamic economies, the moves are also reflective of their common national-rejuvenation programmes.
11 October 2013.
By Rachel Ostrow, Intern, Russia and Eurasia Programme, IISS–US
Like the United States, Russia has announced a ‘pivot’ to the Asia-Pacific region. Some Western analysts are sceptical that the pivot will have any substance, but perhaps, despite the obstacles Russia faces here, it would be a mistake to underestimate Russia’s relationships and ambitions in the region.
Two prominent Western experts on Russia recently described Moscow’s shift as ‘not so much policy as...
EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference
30 September 2013.
EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2013 Special Session 4
Chair: Paul-Anton Krüger, Managing Editor, Foreign Desk, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Martin Uden, Coordinator, DPRK Panel of Experts established pursuant to Resolution
1874 (2009), UN
Professor Hua Han, Director, Center for Arms Control and Disarmament, Peking
Dr Woo Jung-Yeop, Research Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
24 September 2013.
By Jun Jie Woo and Suvi Dogra, Research and Liaison Officer, Geo-economics and Strategy Programme
A Bank of International Settlements survey released on 5 September reveals that the renminbi (RMB) is now among the 10 most actively traded currencies in the world. This comes on the heels of China’s recent draft plans to allow full convertibility of the RMB within the newly approved Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ). Both events are intricately linked, and connected...
Military Balance Blog
09 September 2013.
By Christian Le Miere, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security
In late August 2013, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) submitted a budget request that would represent a 13% funding increase over the previous year (to JPY196.3 billion/US$2bn). It included funds to expand the JCG’s presence around the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The budget submission includes the construction of ten new patrol vessels and the renovation of...
Politics and Strategy
31 July 2013.
Nuclear fuel reprocessing and fast (breeder) reactor technologies have long been known to pose proliferation risks. They squeeze more energy out of nuclear fuel and offer some other advantages, but they also count as a latent nuclear-weapons capability because they provide access to nuclear weapons-usable plutonium. With that in mind, it is worrying that nuclear-reprocessing programmes are soon to start in Japan, planned in China and desired by South Korea...
12 July 2013.
By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr’s message was clear at his IISS Fullerton Lecture on Tuesday: Australia is not just within Asia, it is of Asia. Stopping in Singapore as part of a busy tour through Southeast Asia (his next stop would be Naypyidaw in Myanmar), he noted that Australia was ‘drawing ever closer to Asia’.
09 July 2013.
Dr Lora Saalman, Associate, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Dr Adam Cathcart, Lecturer in Asian History, Queens University Belfast and editor of SinoNK.com
Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga , Research Assistant, IISS
Arundel House, London
Tuesday 09 July 2013
04 July 2013.
By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security
It is a truism in international relations that might makes right. And most of the time, this usually falls to larger and more powerful states. In the field of global trade, however, Singapore provides a classic example of how a small state punches above its weight.
In his Fullerton Lecture at IISS–Asia on 27 June, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang, noted...