• Military Balance Blog

    Asia-Pacific amphibious capability developments

    16 February 2018.  Contested maritime domains and the growing significance of disaster-relief missions have increased the attraction of amphibious forces in the Asia-Pacific.

  • IISS Voices

    The revived ‘Quad’ – and an opportunity for the US

    10 January 2018.  This strategic partnership of four democracies - India, Japan, Australia and the United States - could be a rare obstacle to Chinese assertiveness.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Does President Trump Tweet for the United States?

    06 June 2017.  By Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for American Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs The current American president is like a black hole, extending an irresistible gravitational field that shapes and pulls almost the totality of our thoughts, attention and discourse. Part of this is the nature of the office, a kind of elected executive monarchy that combines immense power and immense symbolic representation to attract, even in normal times, inordinate attention, such...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Asian defence-procurement trends: action–reaction cycle of submarine and ASW acquisitions

    06 June 2017.  Despite slower growth in defence budgets this year, Asian armed forces began to reap the benefits of past investments and continued to move forward with major equipment acquisitions. This was notably the case for submarine platforms.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Day 2 Highlights

    04 June 2017.  Day 2 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue began with a hotly anticipated address by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Malcolm Turnbull discusses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

    03 June 2017.  The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 'is a remarkable conference', says Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. By hosting frank discussions the dialogue builds trust and confidence between nations. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Day 1 Highlights

    03 June 2017.  Opening the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue with his first major speech on defence and security, Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull called for a rules-based regional order in which nations could pursue their interests without fear of coercion.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    NATO General Denis Mercier on challenges common to both the Atlantic and the Pacific

    03 June 2017.  On the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 NATO General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, talked to us about the common challenges faced by NATO and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Six: Australia’s Uncertain Regional Security Role

    02 June 2017. 

    A Deteriorating Regional Security Outlook; Australia’s Domestic Political Disarray and its Foreign-Policy Implications; Whither the Australia–United States Alliance?; Keeping China at Arm’s Length?; Australia and the South China Sea; Cautious Defence Engagement in Southeast Asia; Japan and India: Revitalising the ‘Quad’?; Conclusion

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Revitalising America’s Asia strategy: implications for Australia

    01 June 2017.  The United States has a major opportunity to reassure its Southeast Asian allies at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue this weekend. If it doesn't, the perception will be that the US is ceding regional leadership to China. In this piece for the Strategist, Tim Huxley and Benjamin Schreer argue that if this happens, Australia cannot afford to be strategically passive.

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