EU Security Relations in the Indo-Pacific

EU Security Relations in the Indo-Pacific

EU Security Relations in the Indo-Pacific

By Reginald Ramos from Perth USAsia Centre | 06 Nov 2017

EU Security Relations in the Indo-Pacific teaser On 6 November 2017, the Perth USAsia Centre partnered with KAS Australia and Pacific to host a delegation of international security experts from Europe and India following the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference. The international security experts included Dr May-Britt U. Stumbaum, Professor Brahma Chellaney and Professor Joachim Krause, as well as insights from German Bundestag's Volkmar Klein MP.

Key Takeaways
  • Europe is heavily invested in the Indo-Pacific. Many questions arise when looking at the international security landscape, particularly when it comes to the regulation and enforcement of trends such as cyber, connectivity and cooperation in maritime security.
  • The European Union (EU) can provide leadership through institutional and capacity building. The EU invests in many countries throughout the Indo-Pacific, however, it has focused more on an individual than a collective approach (particularly in terms of military presence).
  • The evolving trends in the Indo-Pacific are increasingly non-traditional. Contemporary challenges such as climate change, cyber security, increased connectivity and evolving norms are "grey" areas, in which policymakers are having trouble grappling with today. This is further complicated by trends such as the US withdrawal from the region and growing Chinese assertiveness raising questions for the future.
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Reginald Ramos is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre.

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