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Tim Huxley

Executive Director, IISS-Asia   

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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

    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...

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2016

    27 May 2016. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Events

    Perspectives on the South China Sea

    20 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, China's Ambassador to the United Kingdom
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 20 May 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Tim Huxley: The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 will take place amid rising regional security tensions

    20 May 2016.  By Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia The 15th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from 3–5 June will take place in the midst of an Asia-Pacific regional security environment in which inter-state tensions have become more pronounced over the last 12 months. A particular focus of international concern has been China’s construction on features it occupies in the South China Sea, and the rapid militarisation of some of these islets and reefs. Some...

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong and Robert Cullum: 'Key test' for ASEAN over South China Sea

    13 May 2016.  William Choong and Robert Cullum take a look at the Secretary-General of ASEAN's recent address to 160 business people, scholars and officials at IISS's Fullerton Lecture as he sketches out ASEAN’s achievements in areas such as regional diplomacy, trade facilitation and community building.

  • Expert Commentary

    The Australian: Security ties with Southeast Asia would benefit from some ingenuity

    09 May 2016.  By Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia and Benjamin Shreer, Professor in Security Studies at Macquarie University Australia needs to think more creatively about its key defence partnerships in Southeast Asia. Until recently, there were good reasons for thinking that Southeast Asian countries' political dispositions and strategic doctrines ruled out any major change in the scale or intensity of their defence co-operation with each other and with external powers such as ­Australia. However...

  • Events

    Interpreting China's North Korea Policy

    04 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Andrew Scobell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 4 May 2016, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Events

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    19 April 2016. 

    IISS–Americas New York Discussion
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6–7.30pm EDT

  • Events

    Fullerton Forum 2016 Keynote Address

    25 January 2016. 

    IISS-Fullerton Forum
    General (Retd) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Indonesia
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Monday 25 January 2016

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Why China and the US will be watching Taiwan’s election closely

    15 January 2016.  With the pro-independence DPP leading in the polls, cross-strait relations could move into uncharted territory after this weekend’s vote

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.