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Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017

Edited By Tim Huxley, William Choong Copyright 2017
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book offers an analysis of the four central regional security themes relevant to the policy-focussed discussions at the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. Namely:

    • The evolving roles of the United States and China in Asia-Pacific security;
    • Responses by the US and regional states to regional security tensions, particularly in the South China Sea;
    • Emerging security questions relating to nuclear weapons, missiles and military cyber capabilities;
    • The prospects for regional security cooperation, including the challenges for the ASEAN-centred architecture.

    1. Asia-Pacific Policy Challenges for the Trump Administration
    2. China’s Domestic Challenges and their Security Implications
    3. China’s Strategic Objectives at Sea
    4. American and Asia-Pacific Responses to China’s South China Sea Actions
    5. India’s Evolving Strategic Response to China
    6. Australia’s Uncertain Regional Security Role
    7. The Trajectory and Implications of North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Development
    8. Managing the Asia-Pacific’s Nuclear Dynamics
    9. Military Cyber Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific
    10. Responding to Intensifying Security Threats in the Sulu Zone
    11. Implications of a Weakening Regional Security Architecture
    12. Regional Defence and Security Dialogues


    Tim Huxley is Executive Director of IISS–Asia in Singapore. He plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Forum: SLD Sherpa Meeting, as well as the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. He leads IISS research on the Asia-Pacific, edits the annual IISS Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment and contributes extensively to other IISS publications.

    William Choong is Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the IISS. He helps run the annual Shangri-La Dialogue and contributes to research on regional security issues such as the South China Sea territorial disputes and Japan’s evolution into a ‘normal’ power. He has had a lengthy career with Singapore’s main English-language newspaper, the Straits Times, where he was Senior Writer responsible for opinion pieces and editorials, focusing on defence, diplomacy and US policy in Asia. He wrote his PhD at the Australian National University (2005–9) on US–China deterrence.