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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.

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Tim Huxley

Executive Director, IISS-Asia   

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14th IISS Asia Security Summit

Shangri-La Dialogue 2015

All Asia wants a positive US-China relationship, no country wants to choose sides, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his Keynote Address at the 2015 IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.

  • Events

    US Launch of China’s Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

    09 July 2015. 

    IISS-US Adelphi Launch
    Jonas Parello-Plesner
    Co-author of China's Strong Arm
    Head, Foreign Policy Department, Embassy of Denmark in Washington, DC
    Yun Sun,
    Senior Associate for East Asia, Stimson Center
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 9 July 2015, 2-3pm EDT, 7-8pm BST

  • Events

    China’s Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

    15 June 2015. 

    Adelphi Launch
    Dr Mathieu Duchâtel
    Senior Researcher at SIPRI
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 15 June 2015

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Does China's 'tiger hunt' end with Zhou?

    12 June 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security On 11 June the First Intermediate People’s Court of Tianjin posted a five-paragraph statement on its website, revealing the sentencing of former politburo standing-committee member Zhou Yongkang to life imprisonment. With deliberate mundanity, the line announcing Zhou’s sentencing tops a list of drab news bulletins detailing the daily business of the court. Thus ends the story of one of the most...

  • IISS Voices

    Herve Lemahieu: Aung San Suu Kyi and Xi Jinping's historic meeting

    12 June 2015.  It’s striking to see the democracy icon and Burmese opposition leader with China’s Communist leader. In fact, however, this is just a continuation of the way China and Myanmar have long done business.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Global Times: Ability to reform could make Party driver of 21st century Chinese future

    09 June 2015.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Recently, an essay published in the Wall Street Journal written by David Shambaugh, professor of George Washington University, has created reverberations within the China-watching community. Citing five indicators of current political and socio-economic decline in China, Shambaugh has concluded that the rule of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is nearing conclusion and China's political future is at crossroads. His conclusions have...

  • Events

    Charting the New Silk Road: China’s strategic goals and international impact

    29 May 2015. 

    IISS-Chunqiu Institute Discussion
    The Pavilion, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 29 May, 10am-12:30pm SGT

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2015

    29 May 2015. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Events

    Launch of Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2015

    29 May 2015. 

    Strategic Dossier Launch
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 
    Friday 29 May 2015, 6:45-7:15pm SGT/11:45-12:15pm BST

  • Events

    Launch of China’s Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

    29 May 2015. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    Jonas Parello-Plesner, Head, Foreign Policy Department, Embassy of Denmark in Washington, DC
    Dr Mathieu Duchâtel, Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 
    Friday 29 May 2015

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Matthew Cottee: North Korea - Are more sanctions the answer?

    27 May 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In response to North Korea’s test of a prototype submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the existing sanctions regime should be extended to curb further progress in Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. Although the effectiveness of this approach may be questioned, are there any viable alternatives? In a 9 May report, Kim Jong-un...

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.