• Military Balance Blog

    Asian defence-procurement trends: action–reaction cycle of submarine and ASW acquisitions

    06 June 2017.  Despite slower growth in defence budgets this year, Asian armed forces began to reap the benefits of past investments and continued to move forward with major equipment acquisitions. This was notably the case for submarine platforms.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Day 2 Highlights

    04 June 2017.  Day 2 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue began with a hotly anticipated address by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Japan's growing concern over China's naval might

    30 May 2017.  In this article for BBC News, Alexander Neill takes a look at the tension between Japan and China in the naval domain. As Japan's naval forces and their largest warship, the JS Izumo, take a more active role in Asian waters, the potential for escalation between the two countries is increasing.

  • Events

    US alliance structure in East Asia

    25 May 2017. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series
    Masataka Okano, Political Minister, Embassy of Japan to the United States
    Mira Rapp-Hooper, Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
    David B. Shear, formerly performed the duties of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 25 May 2017, 10.00-11.30am EDT

  • Military Balance Blog

    Testing times ahead with North Korea

    03 April 2017.  While predicting the behaviour of Pyongyang may be a fool’s errand, North Korea is presently on track to at least match 2016’s 24 ballistic-missile tests as it develops new systems and carries out assurance firings of already fielded types.

  • 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.

  • Expert Commentary

    Direct Talk: Preventing nuclear proliferation

    28 March 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of IISS-Americas, discusses nuclear dangers in East Asia.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tensions fuel boom in Asian defence spending

    08 March 2017.  The balance of global military spending is shifting east. North Korea's missile tests and the South China Sea dispute are two reasons why.

  • Events

    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

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    14 February 2017.  Asia: Regional military roles; The South China Sea and Washington’s regional role; Southeast Asian states’ defence cooperation; Indian Air Force: fleet-recapitalisation challenges remain; Southeast Asia: capability enhancements; Northeast Asia; THAAD deployment in South Korea; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Asian defence spending; Procurement; Defence industry

    Australia
    China: National-security legislation; Organisational reform; Theatre commands: responsible for war fighting; Armed services: responsible for building the force; Work in progress; PLA training in 2016; PLA Army organisation; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; People’s Liberation Army Navy; Defence Economics; Overhauling defence R&D; Realising the potential of civil–military integration; Diversifying defence-budget sources; China and the Third Offset Strategy
    Japan
    Myanmar’s armed forces: privileges maintained
    Vietnam: New strategy document; Twelfth National Congress; Defence policy and capability; Foreign defence relations; Defence economics

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