A New Region? Building Partnerships for Cooperating Institutions in the Indo-Pacific

A New Region? Building Partnerships for Cooperating Institutions in the Indo-Pacific
By Dr Jeffrey Wilson on 13 April 2018

United States | International Relations

In February 2018, the Perth USAsia Centre hosted a closed-door conference in Perth focusing on the concept of the Indo-Pacific region. Bringing together 26 distinguished experts from around the region - drawn from the academic, policy and think-tank worlds - the event asked participants to explore the prospects for cooperation in the new era of Indo-Pacific regionalism. Discussion was guided by the following questions:
  1. What are the key policy challenges - across the security, economic and diplomatic domains - facing the newly emerging regional construct?
  2. What objectives do governments wish to achieve both individually and collectively, by adopting the Indo-Pacific as an organising device for their regional efforts?
  3. What policies and strategies can we adopt to ensure these objectives are realised as the Indo-Pacific region takes form in the coming years?
  4. How can ASEAN's and Indonesia's position as the 'fulcrum' of the region be integrated with the emphasis on the 'Quad'?
Over the course of a full-day workshop, the group had an extensive and in-depth discussion of these matters. This report provides a summary of these discussions, and recommendations to advance international cooperation within the emerging Indo-Pacific construct.

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