The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue opening press conference and book launch of Asia Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017 – our definitive guide to Asia-Pacific security – took place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on 2 June.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017 is the fourth Strategic Dossier to be published in association with the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. It focuses on four centrally important regional security themes relevant to the policy-focused discussions that can be expected at the Dialogue in 2017 and beyond:

  • The evolving roles of the United States and China in Asia-Pacific security;
  • Responses by the US and regional states to regional security tensions, particularly in the South China Sea;
  • Emerging security questions relating to nuclear weapons, missiles and military cyber capabilities;
  • The prospects for regional security cooperation, including the challenges for the ASEAN-centred architecture.

The event was chaired by Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director of IISS–Asia, and featured a panel composed of Dossier contributors. They took questions on the region’s most pressing security concerns. Panellists include:

Dr William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, IISS
Dr Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS
Professor Ben Schreer, Head, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
Dr Euan Graham, Director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Dr Brendan Taylor, Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University.

Asia Dossier 2017


Copies of the Dossier are on sale at the publications desk throughout the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.

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Shangri-la Dialogue 2017

About the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: each year since 2002, the IISS has organised the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. At this intergovernmental regional security summit, defence ministers, military chiefs and other leading members of the national security establishments of the Asia-Pacific states – and other countries vitally involved in the region – meet to discuss the crucial regional security matters of the day. The Dialogue has become a fixture in the calendars of key defence decision-makers from the 27 countries that regularly send delegations.

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Event details

IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
Dr William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, IISS
Dr Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS
Professor Ben Schreer, Head, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University 
Dr Euan Graham, Director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Dr Brendan Taylor, Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University.
Chaired by Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Friday 2 June, 5.30–6.15pm SGT