Asia Pacific


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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  • Shangri-La Voices

    Michael Fallon: The significance of a dialogue for defence ministers

    09 June 2016.  Michael Fallon discusses the impact of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue on defence policymaking and why the UK’s defence policy is ‘international by design’.

  • Events

    Webinar: Debrief on IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016

    08 June 2016. 

    IISS Webinar
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia
    Wednesday 8 June 2016, 10–11AM BST

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Alexander Neill: China’s approach to the challenges of conflict resolution

    07 June 2016.  During the fourth plenary session of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, delivered an impassioned defence of China’s strategic posture. Here, IISS expert Alexander Neill examines the messages, both overt and discreet, contained within Sun’s address. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie and Tom Waldwyn: Vietnam paddles its own Kayak

    05 June 2016.  Vietnam is believed to be embarking on a programme to produce its own variant of a missile based on the Russian Zvezda-Strela 3M24 Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade). While the details of how it will be produced are not yet clear, the programme would be a boost to local industry. It would also be likely to simplify logistics support for the 3M24s already being operated by the Vietnam People’s navy, write Douglas...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    John Chipman: The 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue comes to a close

    05 June 2016.  With the conclusion of the 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Director-General and Chief Executive Dr John Chipman takes a look at the highlights of the weekend and the salient themes of discussion and debate.

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    Video: Highlights from Day 3 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

    05 June 2016.  On the third and final day of the 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, defence ministers and key policymakers from France, Vietnam, China, Canada, Russia and Singapore delivered speeches on the topics of 'The Challenges of Conflict Resolution' and 'Pursuing Common Security Objectives'. The speeches were followed by in-depth Q&A sessions with plenary participants.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s defence minister strongly upholds freedom of navigation and overflight

    04 June 2016.  Addressing the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue during a panel discussion on ‘Managing Military Competition in Asia’, Indian Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar pointed to three main security challenges for India: the threat of territorial disputes escalating into military conflict, the scourge of extremism and terrorism, and maritime challenges. But it was the latter that dominated his remarks, as Rahul Roy-Chaudhury explains.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Meeting Asia’s complex security challenges – Highlights and analysis of Ashton Carter's address

    04 June 2016.  The creation of a principled security network would allow the continued rise and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, posited US Defense Secretary Dr Ashton Carter in his plenary speech at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. IISS Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security Nick Childs examines the key messages contained in Ashton Carter’s speech.

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    Video: Highlights from Day 2 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

    04 June 2016.  The second day of the 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue saw seven ministers of defence deliver a series of incisive speeches on the challenges to regional security. The plenary speeches were followed by six lively special sessions, where key issues were examined in greater detail by the expert participants.

  • Events

    A Road Map to Strategic Relevance: EU Security Policy Options in Southeast Asia

    03 June 2016. 

    Report Launch
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 3 June, 2016, 12-1pm SGT

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