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IISS research on the Asia-Pacific informs regional policy through the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security summit and the year-round activities of the IISS-Asia office in Singapore.

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Explore our coverage of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

The 16th Asia Security Summit took place from 2 to 4 June in Singapore.


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  • IISS Voices

    How China sees the challenges and opportunities of global leadership

    23 February 2018.  What is China’s place in the world? It’s a question that has generated much debate in Western media over recent years, but little has so far been understood about Beijing’s thinking on the matter. Nigel Inkster finds important insights in recent editorials published in the country’s official media.

  • IISS Voices

    China’s radar installations in the Spratly Islands – what do they tell us about its ambitions for the South China Sea?

    19 February 2018.  China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea are currently focused on the installation of military infrastructure on its new islands. It has long been known that these new developments include runways, port facilities and military defences, however, in a significant boost to China’s surveillance and intelligence capabilities, as well as its power-projection efforts, new imagery indicates that they also feature a sprawling new network of radars of varying...

  • Events

    China's military after the 19th Party Congress

    08 February 2018. 

    Thursday 8 February, 9.30–11am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Helena Legarda, Research Associate, The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
    Meia Nouwens, Research Fellow for Chinese Defence Policy and Military Modernisation, IISS

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Fullerton Forum 2018: Keynote Address

    29 January 2018. 

    Fullerton Forum 2018 Keynote Address
    Song Young-moo
    Minister of National Defense, Republic of Korea 

  • 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.

  • Events

    China and the world after the 19th party congress

    14 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 14 November, 12–1pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Nigel Inkster, Senior Adviser, IISS
    Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • Events

    Korean security: challenges and opportunities

    31 October 2017. 

    Tuesday 31 October, 9am–1pm SGT
    IISS–Asia, Singapore
    Mr Ko Yun-ju, Deputy Director-General, North Korean Affairs Bureau; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
    Dr Lim Soo-ho, Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia

  • Events

    The strategic impact of the Belt and Road Initiative

    24 October 2017. 

    Tuesday 24 October, 3–5pm SGT
    IISS–Asia, Singapore
    Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, IISS–Asia
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia

  • Shangri-La Voices

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Day 3 Highlights

    05 June 2017.  The final day of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue saw panellists offer varied approaches as to how to address the region’s most challenging security questions, with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme, religious extremism and the South China Sea disputes dominating the debate.

  • 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.

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