• Expert Commentary

    BBC News: China parade to display past and future

    02 September 2015.  President Xi Jinping will on Thursday preside over an enormous military parade in Beijing in commemoration of China's World War Two victory over Japan 70 years ago. Alexander Neill from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) examines what we can expect to see.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Remembering the past and looking to the future

    02 September 2015.  When I was asked to write about my impressions of the Chinese military parade scheduled for 3 September, I accepted with a measure of trepidation. In recent days I have reflected on the significance of this anniversary and the message the parade will deliver – not just in China, but across the world. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    William Choong: Pacifism and the problems of history

    01 September 2015.  Recently, I was interviewed by a Japanese broadcast journalist on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to push through legislation that would enable Japan to participate in collective self-defence with its allies. The journalist was taken aback when I said that the move was not controversial, given that Japan has already embarked on a process of gradual normalisation of its military for decades. In Japan, such views would be attacked by...

  • Expert Commentary

    澎湃: 阅兵旁观者|未来亚洲能否避免战争?中国提供一次观察良机

    31 August 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security 被约写对9月3日中国阅兵式的看法,笔者心里忐忑不安,但最终还是接受了。这些天来一直在思考纪念抗日战争胜利70周年的意义,以及此次阅兵所要传达的讯息,不仅是向国内,还有全世界。 笔者的看法是,此次中国展示军事力量之所以重要,原因在于:它不仅回望历史、展示今日的风貌,同时面向未来。这就产生了一些难题,关于未来亚洲力量平衡的难题。 西方对中国贡献缺乏认识 为将日本军国主义驱逐出亚洲,数以百万计的中国人付出了宝贵的生命。由此,这次阅兵举行正当其时,中国以巨大牺牲所作出的贡献,完全有权感到骄傲。与此同时,阅兵也是对中国军事现代化近20年来所取得的瞩目成果的认可和庆祝。 在中国战场,中国共产党和国民党军队共同对日作战,缓解了美国及同盟军在亚洲其他地方的压力。此外,在美军部署下,成千上万的中国士兵背井离乡奔赴缅甸与日军作战。 中国人抛头颅、洒热血,为击败日本及二战最终的胜利作出了卓越的贡献,却并未在西方得到广泛赞许。但这种理解的缺乏并不能曲解为对日本二战暴行的普遍漠视。 Read the full article at The Paper

  • Expert Commentary

    Die Zeit: Das nukleare Tabu ist so wichtig wie nie

    11 August 2015.  By Theo Sommer Hiroshima und Nagasaki brachten Elend, aber auch Abschreckung. Heute hat Russland 7.500 Atomwaffen, die USA 7.200, Pakistan 120. Die Gefahr darf nicht vergessen werden. Die Welt hat in den vergangenen Tagen des Atombombenabwurfs auf Hiroshima und Nagasaki gedacht. Siebzig Jahre nach der Zerstörung der beiden japanischen Städte sind dabei immer wieder drei Fragen gestellt worden.  Read the full article at Die Zeit

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Hiroshima as Symbol

    06 August 2015.  It is 70 years to the day since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on 6 August 1945. Nagasaki was bombed three days later. The horrible and awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons, combined with the effects of radiation, makes their use, by any compassionate human being, close to unthinkable. But ever since their invention and first use against Japan, observers have also believed that the existence of nuclear weapons changes...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Russia-Japan relations after Ukraine

    10 July 2015. 

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Q&A

    31 May 2015. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2015 Second Plenary Session
    Q&A

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: The SLDI at SLD15

    30 May 2015.  By Alexander Nicoll, Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence At the Shangri-La Dialogue, the IISS has always keenly welcomed practical proposals to bolster security in the Asia-Pacific. Plenty of ideas have been offered during the first thirteen summits, and some have produced tangible results. Today, however, was a first: a proposal for a ‘Shangri-La Dialogue Initiative’. It came from Gen Nakatani, Japan’s defence minister (his given name is Gen: he’s not...

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Avoiding Military Competition and Arms-Racing in Asia

    30 May 2015. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2015 Special Session 5

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