William Choong

William Choong

Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security


  • Territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific: East China Sea and South China Sea
  • The Asia Pacific
  • Major power relations in the Asia-Pacific; Asia-Pacific regional security architecture – Asean and its related regional institutions; Korean peninsula security issues – conventional and nuclear deterrence; Japan’s gradual evolution into a ‘normal’ military power

Languages: English

Summary: Dr William Choong is Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the IISS. He helps run the annual Shangri-La Dialogue and contributes to research on regional security issues such as the South China Sea territorial disputes and Japan’s evolution into a ‘normal’ power. He has had a lengthy career with Singapore’s main English-language newspaper, the Straits Times, where he was Senior Writer responsible for opinion pieces and editorials, focusing on defence, diplomacy and US policy in Asia. He wrote his PhD at the Australian National University (2005–2009) on US–China deterrence.


  • 2008–2013: Senior Writer, the Straits Times
  • 2005–2009: PhD Candidate, Strategic Studies, Australian National University
  • 2003–2005: Foreign Desk Correspondent, the Straits Times

Selected Publications:

  • ‘Proactive Pacifism: The New Normal in Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy’ in Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016  (IISS, June 2016)
  • ‘South Korea’s Regional Relations’ in Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2015 (IISS, May 2015)
  • ‘Defence and Japan’s Constitutional Debate’, Survival (57-2, April–May 2015)
  • The Ties that Divide: History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations, Adelphi 445 (Routledge for IISS, 2014)
  • ‘Japan’s New Politics’, Survival (55-3, June–July 2013)

About the Asia-Pacific Programme: The IISS's Asia-Pacific Research Programme encompasses assessments and analysis of politics, foreign policy, as well as security and defence policy throughout the Asia Pacific region, encompassing Northeast Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan and the Koreas), Southeast Asia (the ASEAN member states), Australasia and the South Pacific. This includes the relevant policies and activities of states within the region as well as those of extra-regional powers – notably the United States, the European Union and its members.

Joined IISS: February 2013

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