Each year since 2002, the International Institute for Strategic Studies 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.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017 is the fourth IISS Strategic Dossier to be published in association with the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. It focuses on four centrally important groups of 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.
Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017 was launched at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday 2 June in Singapore.