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The IISS has influenced the debate on security in the Asia-Pacific through research from the IISS-Asia office in Singapore and via the Shangri-La Dialogue. This 'military Davos' is the largest annual worldwide meeting of defence ministers, military chiefs and other high-ranking officials.

Expert: Dr Tim Huxley

Tim Huxley

Executive Director, IISS-Asia   

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Strategic Comments

Thailand's troubled politics

It is by no means clear that a referendum planned for early 2016 will approve Thailand's new constitution and, in the meantime, the junta faces multiple challenges, including major economic problems and rumbling discontent among conservatives who initially welcomed the coup.

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong: Abe's security bills represent evolution not revolution

    01 October 2015.  The prime minister's move to increase the role of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces has caused controversy, but the country long ago moved away from a pacifist stance

  • Events

    Cold wars, hot wars

    15 September 2015. 

    Geopolitics and Business Seminar
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • 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

  • Strategic Comments

    Thailand’s troubled politics

    18 August 2015. 

    A bomb attack in the Thai capital, Bangkok has again focused international attention on the country’s turbulent domestic politics.

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea

    12 August 2015. 

    China has increased the size of its territory in the South China Sea by over 8km squared since 2014. For China’s neighbours, the most worrying aspect of this practice is that it is unilaterally changing the status quo.

  • IISS Voices

    Antoine Levesques: India and China move towards military hotline

    10 August 2015.  To help keep the peace along their disputed border, China and India should fulfil their promise to establish a direct line between their military headquarters – and soon

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: A Chinese view of the global order

    29 July 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security The impetus for her IISS Fullerton Lecture this week, Madam Fu Ying reflected, was Henry Kissinger’s book, World Order. Translated into Chinese, it had intensified a debate in China that had been under way in recent years. Kissinger’s realpolitik formed the backdrop to a packed twenty-second Fullerton Lecture, replete with questions over how the US and China are coming to terms...

Regional Security Assessment 2015

Key developments in Asia-Pacific security

This Strategic Dossier focuses on the evolving roles of the major powers in the Asia-Pacific.

New Adelphi book

China’s Strong Arm

China has long adhered to a principle of ‘non-interference’ in other states’ affairs. However, as more of its companies invest overseas, Beijing is finding itself involved.