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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   


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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.


  • Expert Commentary

    China and the South China Sea: ‘you shall not pass’

    28 April 2017.  Is Beijing’s apparent willingness to accelerate talks with ASEAN on a South China Sea Code of Conduct just a stalling tactic? With China’s land-reclamation and militarisation programme continuing apace, the United States must be prepared to enforce a red line in the South China Sea if the regional rules-based order is to prevail, argues William Choong.

  • Events

    Scotland and the UK outside the EU: bold, global and outward-looking

    06 April 2017. 

    Fullerton Lecture
    The Right Honourable David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, United Kingdom
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Thursday 6 April 2017, 12–1pm SGT

  • 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 BST

  • 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.

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.