• Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Three: ‘Proactive Pacifism’: the new normal in Japan’s foreign and security policy

    03 June 2016. 

    Pillars of Japan’s new normal; National Security Council; Arms-exports reform; Collective self-defence and Article IX; US–Japan defence guidelines; Precedents for Japan’s proactive pacifism; Human security; International peacekeeping; Abe’s new security agenda; Evolution, not revolution; Domestic opposition to Article IX reinterpretation; Japan’s contributions to regional security

  • Shangri-La Voices

    The US and Russia in the Asia-Pacific

    02 June 2016.  From November 2013–April 2016, the IISS Russia and Eurasia Programme jointly led a Track II initiative on United States–Russia relations in the Asia-Pacific with the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The project brought together Asia-Pacific regional experts from those two countries to discuss the most pressing issues facing the US and Russia in the region. The final report is available here. Its...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    William Choong: Why China's salami-slicing in South China Sea is bad news

    01 June 2016.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Earlier this year, a Japanese official came to talk to me about Japan's bid to secure Australia's massive A$50 billion (S$50 billion) contract to build submarines. He touted the advantage of Japan's Soryu class of submarines, and diplomatically sketched out weaknesses in the rival French and German bids. The French and Germans, he said, were "cheating" in trumping up the capabilities of...

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016

    27 May 2016. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: An overdue presidential visit to Hiroshima

    26 May 2016.  When Gerald Ford became the first sitting US president to visit Japan, in 1974, I regretted that he did not include Hiroshima on his itinerary. Every US president thereafter travelled to Japan, but until now none has gone to the site of the first dropping of the atomic bomb. The purpose of President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima on 27 May is not to apologise for the A-bomb, but to recognise...

  • Events

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    19 April 2016. 

    IISS–Americas New York Discussion
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6–7.30pm EDT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Getting serious about North Korea

    15 April 2016.  In a talk at the Harvard Belfer Center on 6 April, I argued that it is time to get serious about North Korea, by giving concerted, high-level attention to both sanctions and diplomacy. Pyongyang’s failed test launch of the medium-range mobile ballistic missile dubbed the Musudan underscores the danger and the need. Over the past three years, world leaders focused intently on the Iranian nuclear challenge, and through a careful combination...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Removing Japan's dangerous fissile material

    24 March 2016.  Japan’s shipment this week of 331kg of weapons-grade plutonium to the United States represents a signal achievement in global efforts to strengthen non-proliferation and nuclear security. It shows Japan’s good will and reflects close US–Japan relations.  The plutonium in question was sent to Japan years ago by the US, UK and France, and has been used exclusively for peaceful scientific purposes. Because it was potentially vulnerable to theft or misuse and...

  • Events

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

    17 March 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Robert Gallucci, Former State Department Special Envoy for North Korea Nuclear Negotiations 
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 March, 10–11am EST

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Will a Putin–Abe summit happen in 2016?

    10 March 2016.  Attempts to normalise Russia–Japan relations have come in fits and starts over the past 20 years, but both Putin and Abe have signalled their intent to achieve real progress in 2016, explains John Drennan.

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