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    A conversation with the Japanese representative to NATO, Ambassador Masafumi Ishii

    03 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    His Excellency Masafumi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to Belgium; Representative of the Government of Japan to NATO
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 3 March 2017, 3.30–4.30pm GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s very-long-range missile development

    13 February 2017.  Images of a Chinese aircraft fitted with what appears to be a very-long-range air-to-air missile have recently appeared online. Douglas Barrie takes a closer look.

  • Expert Commentary

    Staying friends with all powers works best for small nations

    13 January 2017.  Singapore's relationship with China is in the spotlight after a series of spats. William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, argues smaller states should ensure a balance of power between stronger nations.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Pre-empting a North Korean ICBM test

    09 January 2017.  Donald Trump recently tweeted that North Korea will not finish development of a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, but how he would enforce such a red line is unclear. Options for military pre-emption of North Korean missile launches should not be discussed in a cavalier manner, nor without regional consultation.

  • Military Balance Blog

    A new dog in the fight

    29 November 2016.  China's recent unveiling to potential export customers of its PL-10 imaging-infrared guided air-to-air missile was a testament to the country's growing weapons-design capabilities. As Douglas Barrie explains, just a handful of nations have so far mastered this technology and this model is likely emerge as the standard imaging-infrared missile in the PLAAF inventory.

  • Expert Commentary

    How Trump is good for China

    15 November 2016.  In this opinion piece for the New York Times, IISS Council Member Eric Li argues that despite Donald Trump's anti-China rhetoric on the campaign trail, his presidency could lead to healthier Chinese-American relations in the long term.

  • Expert Commentary

    Does Trump victory spell end of US as Pacific power?

    13 November 2016.  In this analysis for BBC News, Alexander Neill takes a look at the 'relative unknown' that is Donald Trump's approach to the Asia-Pacific region and the China–US relationship.

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea

    10 November 2016. 

    China's defiance of the arbitration tribunal ruling overwhelmingly rejecting its extensive territorial claims in the South China Sea has exposed competition between the United States and China, attracting regional states into their respective strategic orbits. China's attempt to challenge America's traditional position as the regional maritime power is gaining strength.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea: US and allied military options

    02 November 2016. 

    North Korean nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests may require the United States and its regional allies to take a harder look at military options against North Korea. Pre-emptive or preventive attack is fraught with downsides. But uncertainties surrounding deterrence and worries about potential North Korean brinkmanship could keep that option salient.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Philippines: Duterte’s wilful start

    19 October 2016. 

    A hundred days into his single six-year term, President Rodrigo Duterte has already asserted his powerful political position by undertaking a brutal campaign on drugs, weakening the Philippines' longstanding alliance with the United States and warming to China. These pronounced shifts in policy, however, have drawn considerable criticism from influential figures and groups inside as well as outside the Philippines. Duterte may find it difficult to maintain such controversial policies throughout his presidency.

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