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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.
Executive Director, IISS-Asia
The 16th Asia Security Summit took place from 2 to 4 June in Singapore.
13 March 2017.
The Honourable Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia
The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Monday 13 March 2017, 6–7pm SGT
09 December 2016.
General (Retd.) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia
The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Friday 9 December 2016, 11AM–12PM SGT
23 November 2016.
Up to a thousand Southeast Asians have travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. While some may return to Southeast Asia and engage in terrorist operations, the greater threat is that the Islamic State's rise in international prominence will foment homegrown extremism and terrorist activity.
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.
07 October 2016.
William Choong argues that there's no need for Asian countries to choose between America and China for now, as China lacks the wherewithal to challenge US supremacy.
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.
25 August 2016.
Generational change in Southeast Asia will reshape the way in which diplomacy and international cooperation is conducted in the region. Paul Pongphisoot analyses this phenomenon, arguing that the IISS Southeast Asian Young Leaders' Programme is a step on the path to a new style of security community.
24 August 2016.
The election of Tsai Ing-wen as president of Taiwan by an electorate increasingly inclined towards independence has made Beijing less tolerant of strategic ambiguity and more apt to attempt to impose reunification. Washington may need to undertake more proactive diplomacy to stave off a military confrontation.
19 August 2016.
Kelvin Wong, of the IISS Southeast Asian Young Leaders' Programme, reflects on the insights provided by senior executives of major international defence companies speaking at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.
10 August 2016.
By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security
Satellite images appear to show China has built aircraft hangars on disputed islands in the South China Sea.
The images, from late July, were released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and appear to confirm that Chinese military fighter jets could, at some point, be based on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs.
The revelation is likely to stoke tension with neighbours and...
This dossier assesses a range of Asia-Pacific regional strategic, geopolitical, economic, military and security topics.
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