As has been the case since the IISS first convened it in 2002, the 2016 IISS Shangri-La Dialogue provided a unique opportunity for defence ministers from Asia-Pacific countries and other states which are vitally involved in the region's security, as well as military chiefs and the most senior defence and security officials, to convene with the region's leading non-governmental thinkers about strategic matters in order to clarify national policies, air differences of perspective, and find areas of agreement and potential cooperation.
The 15th 'SLD' involved more than 30 national delegations – including 20 full defence ministers – from the Asia-Pacific and the wider world. Those who attended, and in many cases delivered speeches, included the US defence secretary and the defence ministers of Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. The prime minister of Thailand delivered the Keynote Address, the latest in a lengthening series of heads of government and state from the region to do so.
In this webinar, Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director of IISS-Asia, debriefed IISS members on the outcomes and highlights of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016.
Dr Tim Huxley is the Executive Director of IISS-Asia in Singapore and plays a major role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, which convenes defence ministers, military chiefs and top defence officials from more than 30 countries in, or with vital interests in, the security of the Asia-Pacific region.
This webinar was chaired by Adam Ward, IISS Director of Studies.