South Asia

Home to two nuclear-armed rivals and adjacent to rising global power China and an Afghanistan in transition, South Asia is a key focus of the global security debate. This programme brings together senior Afghan, Indian and Pakistani officials in various forms, and studies India–China land border and maritime issues management, among other topics.

11th IISS–NESA South Asia Security Conference

Promoting dialogue on South Asian security

The 11th South Asia Security Conference convened senior government officials from the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, and included a panel of female experts discussing their national efforts to counter extremism.

  • Events

    Rescheduled - Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Final Push to Defeating the Taliban

    23 June 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty, Army and Air Adviser, High Commission for Pakistan, UK
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 23 June 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    The Nuclear Suppliers Group membership issue and nuclear diplomacy: a Pakistani perspective

    16 June 2016. 

    Private Discussion
    Group Captain M. Waseem Qutab, IISS Visiting Research Fellow for South Asia; Senior Deputy Director, Strategic Plans Division, Pakistan
    Thursday 16 June 2016

  • Events

    Pakistan: A Personal Perspective

    15 June 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Philip Barton, IISS Consulting Senior Fellow
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 15 June 2016, 1–2PM BST

  • 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.

  • Events

    Pakistan's Nuclear Diplomacy

    04 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ambassador (Retd.) Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria and to the IAEA; Executive Director, Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Pakistan
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 4 May 2016, 11am–12pm BST

  • Events

    Pakistan's Security Perspective

    26 April 2016. 

    Key Address
    Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Pakistan
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 26 April 2016, 2-3pm BST

  • Events

    Deterrence at Sea – India’s Evolving Options

    31 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar, Former Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command, India
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 31 March, 11.30am–12.30pm BST

  • IISS Voices

    Herve Lemahieu: Myanmar's new proxy president

    16 March 2016.  Htin Kyaw, a trusted aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, has been confirmed as Myanmar's next president – the first civilian leader after more than 50 years of military rule. Herve Lemahieu assesses the prospects for his presidency.

  • Events

    Poverty Management and its Effect on Regional Stability

    14 March 2016. 

    Private Roundtable
    Minister Marvi Memon, Chair of the Benazir Income Support Programme and Minister of State, Pakistan
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 14 March, 3–4pm

  • Expert Commentary

    Hindu: The diplomacy of business

    01 January 2016.  There are two very different kinds of role that business can play in the cause of diplomacy, says Sanjaya Baru

IISS Manama Dialogue 2017

India in the Gulf

IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia Rahul Roy-Chaudhury speaks at the 2017 IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.

About the conference

The 11th IISS South Asia Security Conference, in partnership with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the US National Defense University, took place in Muscat, Oman, on 13–15 October 2017.