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.

The 16th Asia Security Summit, a unique meeting of ministers and delegates from over 50 countries, got underway on Friday 2 June in Singapore.

Over 500 delegates representing 32 nations from across the Asia-Pacific and beyond converged on the Shangri-La Hotel to examine the region’s most enduring security challenges.

Download the full summit agenda

All plenary sessions are broadcast live on the IISS website and YouTube channel.

The hashtag for the summit is #SLD17.

Turnbull Keynote

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull delivered the keynote speech tonight at 8pm SGT. Describing the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue as ‘the largest and most important annual gathering of defence ministers, defence force chiefs and senior security officials in the Indo-Pacific’, Turnbull set out his country’s vision for a ‘stable, prosperous and rules-based region built on open economies’, in what was considered to be his most substantial remarks on defence and security to date.

Opening press conference and launch of Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017

We launched the latest edition of our definitive guide to Asia-Pacific security, Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017, at 5.30pm SGT. A distinguished panel of experts – including Dr William Choong, Dr Matthew Cottee, Professor Ben Schreer, Dr Euan Graham and Dr Brendan Taylor – took questions on the region’s most pressing security concerns.

Further details about the launch

SEAYLP at SLD 2016
New thinking on old challenges

The IISS was proud to welcome a cohort of young people from business, law, journalism, government and academia to take part in the South East Asian Young Leaders’ Programme (SEAYLP). The 37 SEAYLP delegates, drawn from 14 countries, all have a unique chance to engage policymakers in debate on the strategic challenges in the Asia-Pacific.

The programme was first launched at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in 2016 and delegates play a full part in the Dialogue sessions, as well as enjoying an additional programme of group discussions and audiences with ministers.

SEAYLP delegates will be tweeting using #SLDYoungLeaders

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Book launch: Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

What are the military lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what do they mean for the future character of conflict? Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War is a new Adelphi book written by Ben Barry. It draws on field trips to Afghanistan and the author’s analysis for the British Army of the lessons learned from the Iraq War.

Ben Barry presented the conclusions of his book at 3pm SGT.

Further details about the launch

This post is part of the 2017 IISS Shangri-La Voices blog. It will provide a lively mix of news and views from the 16th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, taking place in Singapore from 2–4 June.

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