Thucydides or Isocrates? The choice before the Asia-Pacific

A myriad of seemingly intractable security challenges confront the region. This week’s Shangri-La Dialogue is an opportunity to take up the option advocated by a contemporary of Plato and Aristotle.

The Shangri-La Dialogue returns to Singapore from June 10-12. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Shangri-La Dialogue returns this week in Singapore as a fully in-person event, with lots to occupy the attention and deliberations of this august gathering of political, defence and academic leaders.

Agenda items in the dialogue's programme include the usual suspects: the management of geopolitical competition in the Asia-Pacific; the strategic visions of the United States and China and their respective implications for the region - in short, things that either undergird or undermine the multilateral rules-based international order.

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