By Perth USAsia Centre and Konrad Adenauer Foundation on 16 September 2021
Indo-Pacific | International Relations
The Indo-Pacific’s centrality to 21st century geopolitics has long been recognised by those in the region. However, as the Indo-Pacific evolves economically and strategically, its importance is increasingly recognised by those outside the region, whose desires for global prosperity and security demand closer engagement with Indo-Pacific dynamics. Foremost amongst these are European governments.
Understanding how European and Indo-Pacific actors will interact with the region is vital to all concerned. There is a need for increased knowledge of where European and Indo-Pacific interests are best-placed to cooperate with one another, on which issues, and through which channels.
Edited by Perth USAsia Centre Policy Fellow James Bowen
, this report seeks to locate Europe within the 21st Century Indo-Pacific, analysing how European governments can most effectively engage with Indo-Pacific partners. It highlights the Indo-Pacific approaches of five European powers: the EU, France, Germany, Netherlands and the UK, and how these approaches intersect with those of Japan, Australia, India, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the United States.
On 7 October, the Perth USAsia Centre and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted a webinar to officially launch the report.
, Policy Fellow and editor of the report, moderated a panel discussion between chapter authors Veerle Nouwens, Lynn Kuok, and Rory Medcalf. Topics covered included the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific in pursuit of a balanced approach to China, ASEAN’s embrace of European approaches to the region, and optimising Australia’s partnership with Europe in ways that are smart on diplomacy.