• IISS Voices

    Japan’s demographic disaster: looming crisis threatens US power and Asia-Pacific regional stability

    04 August 2017.  Japan is on course to lose as much as 30% of its population in the coming decades, putting the country at risk of insolvency and potentially ending its role as a pillar of regional stability. The crisis threatens not only Japan’s national security, but the entire US position in the Asia-Pacific.

  • IISS Voices

    US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific

    31 July 2017.  Tensions with China may increase as the year wears on – while North Korea's missile tests present an urgent challenge.  

  • 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.

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