While the strategic significance of Asia has become a central element in all substantive thinking on European defence and security, the European Union’s partners in Asia can be, at times, somewhat dismissive of its strategic relevance and contribution to issues of Asian defence and security.

This new IISS report analyses the package of initiatives the EU is presently pursuing in Southeast Asia and the contributions it is making to the regional security capabilities and concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It considers how EU engagement here might be developed to deliver more strategic effect, with regard to both the region and the EU’s interests within it.

A range of new policy proposals are also put forward. These are designed to strengthen the EU’s credentials as a relevant and reliable partner in Southeast Asian security affairs. The EU’s relations with ASEAN and ASEAN-centred institutions are considered in the light of its ambitions for membership of the increasingly strategically significant East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus.

This event will include opening remarks by Dr Michael Witter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore, and Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS-Asia, followed by an introduction from Ambassador Dr Norbert Riedel, Director for Asia-Pacific at the German Federal Foreign Office. The study will then be presented by Adam Ward, Director of Studies, IISS, and its author, Sarah Raine, Consulting Senior Fellow for Geopolitics and Strategy, IISS.

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.

Copies will be available at the event and can be accessed as a PDF via the IISS website.

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Event details

Report Launch
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Friday 3 June, 2016, 12-1pm SGT


Sarah Raine: EU Security Policy Options in Southeast Asia