The IISS convened the 15th Asia Security Summit: The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, from 3-5 June 2016.
The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (originally known as the ‘Asia Security Summit’) was initiated in 2002 in response to the evident need for a forum where Asia-Pacific defence ministers could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and fostering practical cooperation. Today, the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue remains the only annual meeting for defence ministers from across the broad Asia-Pacific region. It also convenes chiefs of defence staff, permanent heads of defence ministries and (in a parallel meeting) intelligence chiefs from the region. It has established itself as a key element of the emerging regional security architecture, and maintains its status as the most important and inclusive gathering of top-level defence professionals in the Asia-Pacific. By providing an agenda that responds specifically to their concerns and interests, and by facilitating easy communication and fruitful contact among them, the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue has helped to cultivate a sense of community among key policymakers in the defence and security establishments of regional states and of those major powers with significant stakes in Asia-Pacific security.
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