Organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the dialogue will be divided into six sessions featuring the US and security in the Asia-Pacific; upholding a rule-based regional order; new challenges for crisis management in the Asia-Pacific; changes to geopolitics and defense policies; building common foundation for regional security; and global threats and regional security. 

 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

The event will also examine nuclear danger in the Asia-Pacific and practical measures to avoid conflict at sea, among others. 

Via the forum in the past years, a number of initiatives were raised, including those regarding maritime security in the Strait of Malacca, increase in small and light weapons, regional security architecture, humanitarian research and rescue. 

Many regional government leaders took the floor as the keynote speakers at previous forums, with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long in 2015, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in 2014, Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung in 2013, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2012, and Malaysian PM Najib Razak in 2011.

Source: VNA