IISS decides not to convene the Shangri-La Dialogue

IISS decides not to convene the Shangri-La Dialogue

SINGAPORE: In light of the serious challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), has decided not to convene the 2020 Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), scheduled here on June 5 to 7.

The London based IISS said, the decision was made in close consultation with the Singapore government.

“Many countries have imposed travel restrictions in response to the pandemic and these may still be in force at the time that this year’s dialogue be convened.

“Given that the dialogue draws participation from more than 40 countries, many of which have imposed such restrictions, the IISS has decided that the only sensible course at this point is to notify delegates and other interested parties that the event will not take place this year,” it said, in its website yesterday.

The IISS noted that it will shortly begin work to ensure an exceptionally strong IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in 2021.

The IISS conceived the idea for the Asia Security Summit in 2001 and launched the first Shangri-La Dialogue in 2002.

Subsequently, it has convened the dialogue every year and normally at the Shangri-La Hotel here.


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