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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

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Tim Huxley: The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 will take place amid rising regional security tensions

    20 May 2016.  By Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia The 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from 3–5 June will take place in the midst of an Asia-Pacific regional security environment in which inter-state tensions have become more pronounced over the last 12 months. A particular focus of international concern has been China’s construction on features it occupies in the South China Sea, and the rapid militarisation of some of these islets and reefs. Some...

  • Events

    Perspectives on the South China Sea

    20 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, China's Ambassador to the United Kingdom
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 20 May 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong and Robert Cullum: 'Key test' for ASEAN over South China Sea

    13 May 2016.  William Choong and Robert Cullum take a look at the Secretary-General of ASEAN's recent address to 160 business people, scholars and officials at IISS's Fullerton Lecture as he sketches out ASEAN’s achievements in areas such as regional diplomacy, trade facilitation and community building.

  • Expert Commentary

    The Australian: Security ties with Southeast Asia would benefit from some ingenuity

    09 May 2016.  By Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia and Benjamin Shreer, Professor in Security Studies at Macquarie University Australia needs to think more creatively about its key defence partnerships in Southeast Asia. Until recently, there were good reasons for thinking that Southeast Asian countries' political dispositions and strategic doctrines ruled out any major change in the scale or intensity of their defence co-operation with each other and with external powers such as ­Australia. However...

  • 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 Pandjaitan, 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

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.