• Expert Commentary

    Direct Talk: Preventing nuclear proliferation

    28 March 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of IISS-Americas, discusses nuclear dangers in East Asia.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tensions fuel boom in Asian defence spending

    08 March 2017.  The balance of global military spending is shifting east. North Korea's missile tests and the South China Sea dispute are two reasons why.

  • Events

    A conversation with the Japanese representative to NATO, Ambassador Masafumi Ishii

    03 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    His Excellency Masafumi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to Belgium; Representative of the Government of Japan to NATO
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 3 March 2017, 3.30–4.30pm GMT

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    14 February 2017.  Asia: Regional military roles; The South China Sea and Washington’s regional role; Southeast Asian states’ defence cooperation; Indian Air Force: fleet-recapitalisation challenges remain; Southeast Asia: capability enhancements; Northeast Asia; THAAD deployment in South Korea; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Asian defence spending; Procurement; Defence industry

    Australia
    China: National-security legislation; Organisational reform; Theatre commands: responsible for war fighting; Armed services: responsible for building the force; Work in progress; PLA training in 2016; PLA Army organisation; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; People’s Liberation Army Navy; Defence Economics; Overhauling defence R&D; Realising the potential of civil–military integration; Diversifying defence-budget sources; China and the Third Offset Strategy
    Japan
    Myanmar’s armed forces: privileges maintained
    Vietnam: New strategy document; Twelfth National Congress; Defence policy and capability; Foreign defence relations; Defence economics

  • Politics and Strategy

    William Choong: Trump’s Asia Policy - Riven with Contradictions

    17 November 2016.  For years after the end of the Cold War, the United States was the hegemon in the Asia-Pacific, but the election of Donald Trump last week has led the region into uncharted territory.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea: US and allied military options

    02 November 2016. 

    North Korean nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests may require the United States and its regional allies to take a harder look at military options against North Korea. Pre-emptive or preventive attack is fraught with downsides. But uncertainties surrounding deterrence and worries about potential North Korean brinkmanship could keep that option salient.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Philippines: Duterte’s wilful start

    19 October 2016. 

    A hundred days into his single six-year term, President Rodrigo Duterte has already asserted his powerful political position by undertaking a brutal campaign on drugs, weakening the Philippines' longstanding alliance with the United States and warming to China. These pronounced shifts in policy, however, have drawn considerable criticism from influential figures and groups inside as well as outside the Philippines. Duterte may find it difficult to maintain such controversial policies throughout his presidency.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

    05 October 2016. 

    North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test on 9 September, and is moving towards mounting a nuclear bomb on ballistic missiles of increasing range. The Obama administration's policy of strategic patience may now be insufficient. Pyongyang is unlikely to restrain its nuclear bomb and ballistic missile development in the absence of greater US and Chinese assertiveness and more creative strategies.

  • Expert Commentary

    South China Morning Post: Boiling point

    25 August 2016.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Faced with a crushing defeat in the South China Sea arising from the historic Permanent Court of Arbitration judgment last month, China has upped the ante in the East China Sea. On Sunday, Tokyo protested to Beijing after Chinese coastguard ships sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial sea surrounding the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Earlier this month, on August 5, Chinese fishing vessels entered the...

  • Events

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Retrospective: Nuclear Developments in North Korea

    20 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Seok-soo Lee, Director-General, Research Institute for National Security Affairs, Korea National Defense University
    Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Senior Asia Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 20 July 2016, 10–11.00AM EDT

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