RSS
Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific

IISS research on the Asia-Pacific informs regional policy through the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security summit and the year-round activities of the IISS-Asia office in Singapore.

Expert: Dr Tim Huxley

Tim Huxley

Executive Director, IISS-Asia   


Read More >

All Asia Experts >  

New IISS report

The EU's role in Southeast Asian security

This report analyses the package of initiatives the EU is pursuing in Southeast Asia and the contributions it is making to the regional security capabilities and concerns of ASEAN. It also considers how EU engagement here might be developed to deliver more strategic effect.


  • Events

    Africa's Huge Youth Population: Opportunities and Challenges

    27 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Marc Sommers, Senior Conflict Advisor, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 27 March 2017, 12–1pm GMT

  • Events

    Does President Trump have an Asia strategy in mind?

    17 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jonathan Pollack, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 17 March 2017, 11.30am–12.30pm GMT

  • Events

    Change and uncertainty in the Indo-Pacific

    13 March 2017. 

    Fullerton Lecture
    The Honourable Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Monday 13 March 2017, 6–7pm SGT

  • Events

    Indonesia’s Development Strategies for Growth, Equality and Maritime Affairs

    09 December 2016. 

    Fullerton Lecture
    General (Retd.) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 9 December 2016, 11AM–12PM SGT

  • Strategic Comments

    The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

    23 November 2016. 

    Up to a thousand Southeast Asians have travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. While some may return to Southeast Asia and engage in terrorist operations, the greater threat is that the Islamic State's rise in international prominence will foment homegrown extremism and terrorist activity.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Philippines: Duterte’s wilful start

    19 October 2016. 

    A hundred days into his single six-year term, President Rodrigo Duterte has already asserted his powerful political position by undertaking a brutal campaign on drugs, weakening the Philippines' longstanding alliance with the United States and warming to China. These pronounced shifts in policy, however, have drawn considerable criticism from influential figures and groups inside as well as outside the Philippines. Duterte may find it difficult to maintain such controversial policies throughout his presidency.

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Sitting on the fence is a good option for Asian countries

    07 October 2016.  William Choong argues that there's no need for Asian countries to choose between America and China for now, as China lacks the wherewithal to challenge US supremacy.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

    05 October 2016. 

    North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test on 9 September, and is moving towards mounting a nuclear bomb on ballistic missiles of increasing range. The Obama administration's policy of strategic patience may now be insufficient. Pyongyang is unlikely to restrain its nuclear bomb and ballistic missile development in the absence of greater US and Chinese assertiveness and more creative strategies.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Paul Pongphisoot: Generational change at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

    25 August 2016.  Generational change in Southeast Asia will reshape the way in which diplomacy and international cooperation is conducted in the region. Paul Pongphisoot analyses this phenomenon, arguing that the IISS Southeast Asian Young Leaders' Programme is a step on the path to a new style of security community.

  • Strategic Comments

    Turbulence in the Taiwan Strait

    24 August 2016. 

    The election of Tsai Ing-wen as president of Taiwan by an electorate increasingly inclined towards independence has made Beijing less tolerant of strategic ambiguity and more apt to attempt to impose reunification. Washington may need to undertake more proactive diplomacy to stave off a military confrontation.

Regional Security Assessment 2016

Key developments in Asia-Pacific security

This dossier assesses a range of Asia-Pacific regional strategic, geopolitical, economic, military and security topics.

China's Cyber Power

As China increasingly gains the economic benefits of global connectivity, the West’s technological edge is fast eroding.