Asia Pacific


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

Expert: Dr Tim Huxley

Tim Huxley

Executive Director, IISS-Asia   

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Strategic Comments

Malaysia's political challenges

Malaysia has entered a new and unstable era, in which not only the present government but also the country’s long-established political system are facing unprecedented challenges. For many Malaysians, the most worrying aspect of recent political scandals and a fragmented opposition has been the evidence of a growing political polarisation along ethnic and religious lines.

  • Events

    The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016

    03 June 2016. 

    15th Asia Security Summit
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    3-5 June 2016

  • Events

    Interpreting China's North Korea Policy

    04 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Andrew Scobell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 4 May 2016, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • 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

  • Events

    Fullerton Forum 2016 Keynote Address

    25 January 2016. 

    IISS-Fullerton Forum
    General (Retd) Luhut Binsar Pandjaita, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Indonesia
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Monday 25 January 2016

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Why China and the US will be watching Taiwan’s election closely

    15 January 2016.  With the pro-independence DPP leading in the polls, cross-strait relations could move into uncharted territory after this weekend’s vote

  • Expert Commentary

    Tim Huxley: Standing up to China is essential, even if costly

    21 December 2015.  Expecting the United States to stand alone against China’s claims to artificial islands in the South China Sea is unrealistic. Regional allies such as Australia must do more than simply condemn Beijing’s activities

  • Strategic Comments

    Myanmar: the challenges of power

    11 December 2015. 

    Despite the National League for Democracy’s resounding victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 general election, the country’s political future is far from clear. There remain major obstacles to a peaceful transfer of power from the military-supported government to one led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Defeating the ‘blood-soaked caliphate’

    11 December 2015.  In his recent Fullerton Lecture, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called for greater Western resolve to tackle the threat presented by Islamic State. In a wide-ranging speech, he also discussed the ramifications of China’s rise in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Expert Commentary

    The Interpreter: The US-Singapore enhanced defence agreement

    10 December 2015.  A third upgrade for bilateral collaboration

  • Events

    Rational and Irrational Actors in a Troubled World

    09 December 2015. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    The Hon Tony Abbott MP,
    Former Prime Minister of Australia
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Wednesday 9 December 2015

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.