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Shangri-La Security Conference concludes: Asia’s Premier forum

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Shangri-La Security Conference considered the largest security forum in Asia and equivalent in importance to the Munich Security Conference in Europe, concluded on Sunday, June 2. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore holds this conference annually.

The 21st edition of the Shangri-La Security and Defense Conference, which began on Friday, concluded on Sunday in Singapore with seven plenary sessions discussing critical and emerging security issues, attended by defense ministers and senior officials from various countries.

Vladimir Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, and defense ministers from the United States and China attended this session. Despite the sideline discussions during the conference, they also addressed the general sessions and expressed their positions on existing security crises.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Taiwan and China, and other countries’ stances on these issues were significant topics of discussion during the conference.

Before the conference, the Gaza conflict and escalating tensions in the region were expected to become key discussion topics. However, reports suggest that the Gaza conflict, civilian casualties, and Israel’s stance towards Hamas were not even raised during the sideline discussions.

The annual Shangri-La Dialogue, held in Singapore every year, was first convened in 2002. It gathered defense ministers from over 10 countries in response to widespread security concerns following the events of September 11, 2001.

Chua Chor Huat, the director and CEO of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, has evaluated the current Shangri-La Dialogues, attended by senior defense and security representatives from over 50 countries, as equally important as the Munich Security Conference in Europe.

It is worth mentioning that in addition to the seven plenary sessions within the conference framework, there are six special sessions where policymakers and researchers address strategic challenges in the region, from green defense to cyber security.

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