The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has announced that the 13th IISS Asia Security Summit (or Shangri-La Dialogue) will take place in Singapore from May 30 to June 1.

Since 2002, the IISS has organised the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore as a venue at which defence ministers, military and top-ranking defence officials from Asia-Pacific states, and other powers heavily involved in the region, are able to discuss the most important regional security matters of the day. The Dialogue has become a fixture in the calendars of key Asia-Pacific defence decision-makers from 27 countries.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give the keynote address at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in the evening of May 30.

On May 31 and June 1, five plenary sessions will be held on the United States’ contributions to regional stability; Advancing military-to-military cooperation; Managing strategic tensions; Major power perspectives on peace and security in Asia-Pacific; and Ensuring agile conflict management in Asia-Pacific.

Five special sessions will also be held within the framework of the Dialogue, discussing challenges of maintaining and managing open seas; impact of new military capabilities in Asia-Pacific; climate change, HADR and security in Asia-Pacific; ASEAN and the emerging regional security order; and future of DPR Korea: Implications for regional security.

The first IISS strategic dossier, “ Regional Security Assessment 2014” will be issued in association with this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue. This dossier focuses on the evolving regional roles of the major powers in the Asia-Pacific, particularly the United States and China. It examines the dangers posed by potential flashpoints, as well as pervasive low-intensity security concerns. It also reflects on questions of military competition in the region and how best to construct a more secure and stable regional order.-VNA