Since 2002, the International Institute for Strategic Studies has organised the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore as a venue at which defence ministers, military and top-ranking defence officials from Asia-Pacific states, and other powers heavily involved in the region, are able to discuss the most important regional security matters of the day. The Dialogue has become a fixture in the calendars of key Asia-Pacific defence decision-makers from 27 countries, and in mid-2014 it convenes for the thirteenth time.
This Regional Security Assessment 2014 is the first IISS Strategic Dossier to be issued in association with the Shangri-La Dialogue. It focuses on issues reflecting the most important themes to emerge from successive Dialogues:
- The evolving regional roles of the major powers, particularly the United States and China, but also Japan and India, among others.
- The dangers posed by potential flashpoints, notably the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan and territorial disputes in the East and South China seas.
- Pervasive low-intensity security concerns, from insurgencies in Southeast Asia to transnational threats relating to maritime, resource and cyber security.
- The crucial overarching questions of military competition in the region and how best to construct a more secure and stable regional order.
This Strategic Dossier focuses on the evolving regional roles of the major powers in the Asia-Pacific, particularly the United States and China. It examines the dangers posed by potential flashpoints, as well as pervasive low-intensity security concerns. It also reflects on questions of military competition in the region and how best to construct a more secure and stable regional order.
The Dossier was launched at the Shangri-La Dialogue 2014 on Friday 30 May in Singapore. Watch the UK launch.