31 May '17, 11pm

'Developing the Five Power Defence Arrangements' - my piece in today's Straits Times #SLD17

The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) is a low-profile but important regional security institution established in 1971 between Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom in the wake of the latter's withdrawal of most of its military forces from "East of Suez". Far from anachronistic, the FPDA has continued to fulfil vital security roles to the benefit of not only its members but also the wider security and stability of South-east Asia. But an important question for its member countries' ministers when they hold their triennial meeting in Singapore on June 2, just before the 16th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue, is how to develop the FPDA in the future. The FPDA's most important original roles were seldom discussed openly. One important motivation for setting up the arrangements in the first place - only five ye...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/developing-the-five-p...

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