Story by Jacqueline Conley-McGinnis, Defense Media Activity
For his second stop on his 12 day trip around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped in Singapore where he attended the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue. During the conference, the secretary laid out challenges the participating nations face and met with many fellow defense leaders to strengthen their military-to-military relationships with the United States.
The IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is an inter-governmental security forum held annually by an independent think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is attended by defense ministers, permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific states. The forum gets its name from the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore where it has been held since its inititation in 2002.
Secrarty Hagel helped to create the summit back while he was a U.S. senator. The summit was created in response to the clear need for a forum where the Asia-Pacific’s defence ministers could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and fostering practical security cooperation, the IISS Asia Security Summit– or Shangri-La Dialogue as it has come to be known – has established itself as a key element of the emerging regional security architecture.
The summit serves to cultivate a sense of community among the most important policymakers in the defense and security community in the region. Government delegations have made the best out of the meeting by holding bilateral meetings with other delegations on the sidelines of the conference.
Hagel stated that the visits are part of showing the United State’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific rebalance and help to continue to build relationships.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It is one of the world’s major commercial hubs, with the fourth-biggest financial center and one of the five busiest ports. Singapore’s rapid development has given it significant influence in global affairs.
Keep up with the latest news from Secretary Hagel’s travels with this American Forces Press Service special report.
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