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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

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.

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Apec and the bike theory of trade

    21 November 2015.  It is imperative that Apec economies focus on executing the so-called bicycle theory of trade - that unless one continues to power ahead in freeing up trade, all things will fall down, says William Choong

  • Events

    Responding to China’s Challenges in East and Southeast Asia

    19 November 2015. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Dr Tim Huxley
    Executive Director, IISS-Asia
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 19 November 2015, 8-9am

  • Strategic Comments

    Malaysia’s political challenges

    12 November 2015. 

    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.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Historic Xi–Ma summit an attempt to preserve cross-strait detente

    06 November 2015.  The first meeting of a Chinese and Taiwanese president comes ahead of 2016 elections in Taiwan tipped to bring a stark change of government and policy

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong: US tests the waters around disputed South China Sea reef

    28 October 2015.  Beijing could respond in several ways to this week’s US sail-by of a Chinese-built man-made feature in the South China Sea

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s ambitious Silk Road vision

    26 October 2015. 

    Until recently, there had been much uncertainty surrounding China’s initiative to build links between its economy and those of Central and Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean region, the Middle East and Europe. Sceptics questioned whether it could live up to the ambitious goals set by Beijing, but large-scale projects are already under way under the ‘One Belt, One Road’ banner.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Are global market infrastructures an instrument of foreign policy?

    20 October 2015.  Roughly 9,000 members of the global finance community gathered in Singapore last week at a conference devoted to ‘market infrastructure’ – meaning the plumbing (communication, clearing, settlement, depository) that makes finance work. On one level it was a very geeky affair, with its own confusing jargon. The name of the conference, SIBOS, refers to another acronym, SWIFT. If you wanted to fill a room, all you had to do was...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Behind the decision to slow the US drawdown from Afghanistan

    19 October 2015.  The widely lauded plan to slow the withdrawal of US troops follows a difficult fighting season for Afghan forces

  • Expert Commentary

    Nouvelles D'Europe: 英国智库成员尼尔:中国大国身份决定更多全球责任

    13 October 2015.  Interview with Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Any interesting argument on foreign policy can be attacked from many, even opposing angles. So it is with enormous gratification that we see that our argument about the possibility and need to avoid a new Cold War with Russia has drawn fierce criticism from both Moscow and Washington. First, from Russia (with if not love than at least respect), Professors Andrej Krickovic and...

  • Events

    China's Role in the Global Economy and China-US Relations

    13 October 2015. 

    IISS-US New York Discussion
    Cheng Lei, Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 13 October 2015
    Reception: 6:00-6:30pm EST
    Discussion: 6:30-7:30pm

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.