• Strategic Comments

    Japan’s defence budget bolsters altered military roles

    17 February 2015. 

    Japan's rising defence spending is part of an effort by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carve out a greater regional security role for his country, commensurate with its status as the world's third-largest economy.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    17 February 2015.  Asia: Defence economics
    China: People’s Liberation Army Navy; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; Defence economics
    India: Strategic policy developments; Armed forces; Defence economics
    Japan: Defence-policy drivers; Breaking security constraints; Capability procurements; Defence economics
    Myanmar
    North Korea

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Tackling Japan's security challenges

    07 February 2015.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security and Heng Yee Kuang The recent killings of two Japanese by the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have led to much grief and soul- searching in Japan. In particularly strong language, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to make the terrorists "pay the price". The killings underscore the fact that there was precious little Japan could do. Relying on its Jordanian...

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Remembering the Pacific War amidst Sino-Japanese tension

    04 February 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security As the world prepares to remember the more than 35 million deaths of the Pacific War, the Chinese Communist Party recently announced its intent to hold a military parade marking both the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and China’s victory over Japanese imperial forces. As China and Japan move into a period of emotionally charged animosity, the possibility of...

  • Strategic Comments

    Chinese vision drives East Asian détente

    08 December 2014. 

    Beijing's apparent recognition that its assertive pursuit of its national interests has damaged China's standing in the eyes of some neighbours may be the motivation behind recent efforts to reduce regional tensions.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: Strategic stability and regional security

    05 December 2014.  The US has sought a dialogue on strategic stability with China since resuming military-to-military contacts in the mid-1990s.

  • Survival

    Can a Sino-Japanese War Be Controlled?

    01 December 2014.  In a crisis, a limited exchange of fire could escalate into a wider conflict. We have no precedent to suggest how dangerous it might become.

  • Events

    Launch of The Ties That Divide

    14 November 2014. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security
    IISS-Asia, Singapore
    Friday 14 November, 10:30-11:30am SGT

  • Events

    The Great Rapprochement? Strategic Relations in Asia

    06 November 2014. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    Christian Le Mière
    Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 06 November 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Potential Flashpoints and Military CBMs in the Asia-Pacific

    30 October 2014.  Presentation by Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS, at the Seoul Defense Dialogue, Seoul, October 2014. Compared to the intensity of conflict over the long sweep of history, we live in a peaceful age. Notwithstanding the organised violence in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the ill-disguised hostilities in Ukraine and the civil strife elsewhere in the world that comes to our attention daily, courtesy of intrepid journalists and our global connectivity, both...

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