• IISS Voices

    China’s radar installations in the Spratly Islands – what do they tell us about its ambitions for the South China Sea?

    19 February 2018.  China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea are currently focused on the installation of military infrastructure on its new islands. It has long been known that these new developments include runways, port facilities and military defences, however, in a significant boost to China’s surveillance and intelligence capabilities, as well as its power-projection efforts, new imagery indicates that they also feature a sprawling new network of radars of varying...

  • IISS Voices

    Challenges, opportunities, and innovation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

    27 October 2017.  The international security community should seek to bring North Korea to its senses, not its knees, advises Commander of the United States Pacific Command Admiral Harry B. Harris.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 4: Asia-Pacific

    06 September 2017. 

    For many countries in the Asia-Pacific disturbed by the changing balance of power, the uncertainty generated by the advent of the Trump administration is an incentive to pursue intra-regional collaboration.


  • IISS Voices

    India counters China in the Indian Ocean

    25 August 2017.  Across South Asia, India and China are competing to expand their respective maritime influences in the Indian Ocean. In view of ongoing border disputes, New Delhi could well resume quadrilateral naval exercises with the US, Japan and Australia, says Rahul Roy-Chaudhury.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Six: Australia’s Uncertain Regional Security Role

    02 June 2017. 

    A Deteriorating Regional Security Outlook; Australia’s Domestic Political Disarray and its Foreign-Policy Implications; Whither the Australia–United States Alliance?; Keeping China at Arm’s Length?; Australia and the South China Sea; Cautious Defence Engagement in Southeast Asia; Japan and India: Revitalising the ‘Quad’?; Conclusion

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Four: American and Asia-Pacific Responses to China’s South China Sea Actions

    02 June 2017. 

    Asean’s Struggle to Formulate Responses; The Hague Arbitral Tribunal Award; Freedom of Navigation Operations – Surface and Air; Regional Attitudes Towards Freedom of Navigation; Growing Security Bonds Among Regional States; Conclusion

  • Events

    The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

    02 June 2017. 

    16th Asia Security Summit
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    2–4 June 2017

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Japan's growing concern over China's naval might

    30 May 2017.  In this article for BBC News, Alexander Neill takes a look at the tension between Japan and China in the naval domain. As Japan's naval forces and their largest warship, the JS Izumo, take a more active role in Asian waters, the potential for escalation between the two countries is increasing.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017

    23 May 2017. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Survival

    Trump’s Missing Asia Strategy

    16 May 2017.  Mixed messaging and the doctrine of ‘America First’ are generating scepticism and anxiety among America’s allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific.

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