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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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  • Shangri-La Voices

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Day 1 Highlights

    03 June 2017.  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.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Waiting for Uncle Sam

    02 June 2017.  In this article for the Straits Times, William Choong notes that unlike in past years, China is not likely to be in the spotlight at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017. Instead, it's the United States that will be in the hot seat as observers watch what it has to say about its commitment to the region.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Trump administration's operation in South China Sea: better late than never

    02 June 2017.  The Trump administration's first freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea is a key indicator of US commitment to the region, argues Lynn Kuok – a Southeast Asian Young Leader at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue this year – in this article for the Straits Times. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    It’s time for ASEAN states to be more proactive on North Korea

    01 June 2017.  The policy options available for dealing with North Korea may be unchanged, but they must be universally implemented to have a chance of working. Matthew Cottee argues that ASEAN states need to do more, particularly on implementing UN sanctions against the regime.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    North Korean missiles should not trigger further proliferation

    31 May 2017.  There are no good policy options for dealing with North Korea, but there are plenty of truly bad ones, argues Mark Fitzpatrick. Close coordination among key stakeholders offers the most promising means of halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile pursuit, despite the temptation to engage in tit-for-tat responses.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017

    23 May 2017. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Expert Commentary

    China and the South China Sea: ‘you shall not pass’

    28 April 2017.  Is Beijing’s apparent willingness to accelerate talks with ASEAN on a South China Sea Code of Conduct just a stalling tactic? With China’s land-reclamation and militarisation programme continuing apace, the United States must be prepared to enforce a red line in the South China Sea if the regional rules-based order is to prevail, argues William Choong.

  • Events

    Scotland and the UK outside the EU: bold, global and outward-looking

    06 April 2017. 

    Fullerton Lecture
    The Right Honourable David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, United Kingdom
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Thursday 6 April 2017, 12–1pm SGT

  • Events

    Africa's Huge Youth Population: Opportunities and Challenges

    27 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Marc Sommers, Senior Conflict Advisor, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 27 March 2017, 12–1pm BST

  • Events

    Does President Trump have an Asia strategy in mind?

    17 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jonathan Pollack, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 17 March 2017, 11.30am–12.30pm GMT

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