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The Hon Malcolm Turnbull will this evening give the Keynote speech at the opening of the 16th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

Taking place over three days, from Friday 2 June until Sunday 4 June, the Dialogue is Asia’s premier regional security summit, convening over 500 delegates representing 32 nations. Mr Turnbull will be joined by 11 defence ministers, including US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a number of deputy ministers and dozens of senior military and government officials from the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS, said: ‘Australia shares with others in this region the interesting characteristic of having its most significant economic relationship with China and its most important strategic relationship with the US.

‘Prime Minister Turnbull’s remarks on regional security will be eagerly anticipated by the many countries gathered here.’

Ministers of defence from North America, Europe, and Asia have scheduled a record number of bilateral, multi-lateral and mini-lateral meetings that will take place to advance defence diplomatic goals throughout the three days of the summit.

Members of the South East Asian Young Leaders’ Programme (SEAYLP) will also take part in the conference. The SEAYLP brings together young people from business, law, journalism, government and academia, and offers them a unique chance to engage policymakers in debate on the strategic challenges in the Asia-Pacific. The programme was launched at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in 2016 and its members play a full part in the sessions, as well as enjoying an additional programme of group discussions and audiences with ministers.

Plenary sessions at this year’s IISS Shangri-La Dialogue will cover:

  • The United States and Asia-Pacific security;
  • Upholding the rules-based international order;
  • New challenges for crisis-management in the Asia-Pacific;
  • Finding common ground on regional security;
  • Global threats and regional security.

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About the International Institute for Strategic Studies:

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. Founded in 1958, the IISS promotes the development of sound policies that further global peace and security, and maintain 'civilised' international relations. The IISS is renowned for its extensive global research and publications including its annual assessment of the world’s armed forces (The Military Balance) and active armed conflicts (The Armed Conflict Survey and Armed Conflict Database), its leading annual assessment of global affairs, Strategic Survey: The Annual Review of World Affairs and seminal work on nuclear deterrence and arms control, as well as emerging geopolitical and geo-economic trends. The IISS is also renowned for its security summits, including the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (The Asian Regional Security Summit) and IISS Manama Dialogue (The Middle East Regional Security Summit). The IISS has offices in London, Washington DC, Bahrain and Singapore.

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