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


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  • Shangri-La Voices

    Video: Highlights from Day 2 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

    04 June 2016.  The second day of the 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue saw seven ministers of defence deliver a series of incisive speeches on the challenges to regional security. The plenary speeches were followed by six lively special sessions, where key issues were examined in greater detail by the expert participants.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s defence minister strongly upholds freedom of navigation and overflight

    04 June 2016.  Addressing the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue during a panel discussion on ‘Managing Military Competition in Asia’, Indian Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar pointed to three main security challenges for India: the threat of territorial disputes escalating into military conflict, the scourge of extremism and terrorism, and maritime challenges. But it was the latter that dominated his remarks, as Rahul Roy-Chaudhury explains.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Meeting Asia’s complex security challenges – Highlights and analysis of Ashton Carter's address

    04 June 2016.  The creation of a principled security network would allow the continued rise and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, posited US Defense Secretary Dr Ashton Carter in his plenary speech at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. IISS Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security Nick Childs examines the key messages contained in Ashton Carter’s speech.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Alexander Neill: Managing a new security dilemma

    03 June 2016.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security The 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue Asia Security Summit kicks off today with the Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha giving his keynote speech to about 600 delegates. Twenty-one defence ministers and deputy defence ministers are leading delegations to Singapore this year for the summit, and over 30 countries are represented. Over the course of this weekend, over 40 renowned panellists will...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Squeezing North Korea’s foreign earnings

    03 June 2016.  The 1 June decision by the United States Treasury to name North Korea as a ‘primary money laundering concern’ is the latest in a series of efforts by concerned nations to peacefully change Pyongyang’s calculus, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Video: Highlights from Day 1 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

    03 June 2016.  Thailand's Prime Minister, General (Retd) Prayut Chan-o-cha, delivered the Keynote Address on the opening night of the 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. Here are all the highlights from the first day of Asia’s premier defence and security summit.

  • Events

    The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016

    03 June 2016. 

    15th Asia Security Summit
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    3-5 June 2016

  • Events

    A Road Map to Strategic Relevance: EU Security Policy Options in Southeast Asia

    03 June 2016. 

    Report Launch
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 3 June, 2016, 12-1pm SGT

  • Events

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016: Key developments and trends

    03 June 2016. 

    Opening Press Conference and Book Launch
    Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 3 June, 2016, 5.30-6.30pm SGT

  • Shangri-La Voices

    William Choong: Why China's salami-slicing in South China Sea is bad news

    01 June 2016.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Earlier this year, a Japanese official came to talk to me about Japan's bid to secure Australia's massive A$50 billion (S$50 billion) contract to build submarines. He touted the advantage of Japan's Soryu class of submarines, and diplomatically sketched out weaknesses in the rival French and German bids. The French and Germans, he said, were "cheating" in trumping up the capabilities of...

Regional Security Assessment 2016

Key developments in Asia-Pacific security

This dossier assesses a range of Asia-Pacific regional strategic, geopolitical, economic, military and security topics.


China's Cyber Power

As China increasingly gains the economic benefits of global connectivity, the West’s technological edge is fast eroding.