• Expert Commentary

    BBC News: The submarines and rivalries underneath the South China Sea

    11 July 2016.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security A tribunal is about to rule on China's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. But Beijing's desire for control is about much more than rocks above the water, argues analyst Alexander Neill. It is also central to China's plans for a submarine nuclear force able to break out into the Pacific Ocean. Historically, China's national infrastructure projects have tended to be...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Evan A. Laksmana: A growing strategic impasse in the Indo-Pacific?

    08 July 2016.  Drawing on his experience of attending the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Evan Laksmana examines the competing visions presented at the summit of how tensions in the Indo-Pacific region should be resolved. To his dismay, these visions suggest that the established strategic framework is being set aside in favour of great power politics.

  • Strategic Comments

    Mozambique and Zimbabwe: potentially converging paths

    06 July 2016. 

    Mozambique, long favoured by Western donors, to their disapproval has recently shown signs of corruption, instability and poor governance and looked to China for help that may not be forthcoming. Zimbabwe, long disfavoured by Western donors, is cooling to China's commercial and political involvement in its national affairs. Both southern African countries may eventually need to reinvigorate appeals for assistance from Western donors, which would come with relatively stringent governance and economic conditions.

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch: China's Cyber Power

    29 June 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster, IISS Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Michael Elleman: North Korea’s Musudan missile effort advances

    27 June 2016.  North Korea's first successful test of its Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile has aroused fears that it could be used to strike targets throughout the region, including the US island territory of Guam. However, as Michael Elleman explains, the missile is not yet capable of reaching Guam with a warhead weighing more than 500kg. He cautions that regardless of the success of the test, the confirmation that North Korea does indeed...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie: China’s challenge to US air superiority

    13 June 2016.  Developments in China’s air-technology capabilities are creating a much more contested air environment. The Chengdu J-20 is the aircraft against which the US is now measuring up its own capabilities, explains IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Douglas Barrie.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Michael Fallon: The significance of a dialogue for defence ministers

    09 June 2016.  Michael Fallon discusses the impact of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue on defence policymaking and why the UK’s defence policy is ‘international by design’.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Alexander Neill: China’s approach to the challenges of conflict resolution

    07 June 2016.  During the fourth plenary session of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, delivered an impassioned defence of China’s strategic posture. Here, IISS expert Alexander Neill examines the messages, both overt and discreet, contained within Sun’s address. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    John Chipman: The 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue comes to a close

    05 June 2016.  With the conclusion of the 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Director-General and Chief Executive Dr John Chipman takes a look at the highlights of the weekend and the salient themes of discussion and debate.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s defence minister strongly upholds freedom of navigation and overflight

    04 June 2016.  Addressing the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue during a panel discussion on ‘Managing Military Competition in Asia’, Indian Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar pointed to three main security challenges for India: the threat of territorial disputes escalating into military conflict, the scourge of extremism and terrorism, and maritime challenges. But it was the latter that dominated his remarks, as Rahul Roy-Chaudhury explains.

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