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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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

    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

  • 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

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