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.

The 16th Asia Security Summit, a unique meeting of ministers and delegates from over 50 countries, took place on 2–4 June in Singapore.

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

Download the full summit agenda

Recordings of all plenary and special sessions are available on the IISS website and YouTube channel.

The hashtag for the summit was #SLD17.

Day 3 Highlights

Holistic approaches to transnational problems

Defence ministers from the Philippines and Indonesia joined the Secretary-General of ASEAN in analysing common ways to address regional security threats. Panellists agreed that to tackle issues such as religious extremism and the South China Sea disputes, joined-up responses were required.

Laying the foundations for growth

Ministers from New Zealand, Russia and Singapore offered varied perspectives on how the region should handle security challenges. While panellists differed in their approaches, there was consensus that only by providing security and stability could economies truly flourish.

New thinking on old challenges - SEAYLP programme continues into Monday 5 June

The IISS is proud to host 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, 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 are playing a full part in the Dialogue sessions, as well as enjoying an additional programme of group discussions and audiences with ministers.

SEAYLP delegates are tweeting using #SLDYoungLeaders

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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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