The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017: Key developments and trends is the fourth IISS Strategic Dossier in the SLD publications programme.

On 2–4 June 2017, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) convenes for the sixteenth time its Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), the Asia-Pacific region’s foremost annual intergovernmental defence and security summit, for the sixteenth time. Each year since 2002, the SLD has brought together defence ministers, military chiefs, the most senior defence officials and other leading members of the national-security and foreign-policy establishments of Asia-Pacific states – as well as other countries vitally involved in the region – for intensive discussions on the most important contemporary regional security problems, as well as emerging and long-term security challenges. Key decision-makers from the 28 countries that regularly send delegations have come to see the SLD as an indispensable element of their regional and wider international defence diplomacy.

Since 2013, with the aim of further strengthening its contribution to Asia-Pacific regional security, the IISS has expanded the SLD from an annual summit meeting into a larger process. This has involved appointing two Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellows for Asia-Pacific Security at the IISS-Asia office in Singapore; inaugurating the annual Fullerton Forum: Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting for senior officials and officers from countries that regularly participate in the SLD; and establishing an SLD publications programme.

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