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Indo-Pacific Strategies

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The Indo-Pacific is today a key geopolitical concept that informs the strategies of major international players. A maritime space encompassing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Indo-Pacific is above all a political construct that reflects the competition for influence revolving around the Sino-American rivalry. Both an economic and a political center of gravity, this mega-region is also at the heart of essential governance issues for the future (climate change, proliferation, governance of the commons — ocean, cyber, space). Its stability is threatened by transnational risks and inter-state tensions exacerbated by nationalism and the militarization of actors in the area. At the same time, the regional security architecture is now more fragmented with the emergence of new kinds of cooperation frameworks.

Through its research activities, and in conjunction with other relevant centers and programs at Ifri, the Center for Asian Studies seeks to offer a better understanding of strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific, looking in particular at the approaches of the major players in the region, including France and the European Union.

Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Research Fellow and Director of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies

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Marc JULIENNE
Research Fellow, Head of China Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Sophie BOISSEAU du ROCHER

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Isabelle SAINT-MEZARD

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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20/06/2023
By: Céline PAJON, Eva PEJSOVA, Brad GLOSSERMAN

Japan and the European Union are increasingly aligned on international economic policies, the product of a similar outlook toward China – concerned without being overtly hostile – and worried about over-reach by the United States.

01/06/2023

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on May 20-21, 2023, is a testament to India’s international positioning and search for a global role. In Port Moresby, Modi co-chaired the third Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) and announced a series of...

25/05/2023

The G7 summit in Hiroshima showcased a new international order in the making: in a world where security is indivisible, the priority should be to uphold a collectively shaped rules-based order and find a modus vivendi with China. The G7 can work toward this by taking into account the...

10/05/2023

While French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China is viewed by some to be an exercise in stirring the pot, this does not mean that the European boat has veered off course. The EU is used to robust debate among and within member states, and can take this as another opportunity to...

22
Sep
2022
Thursday 22 September 2022
from 09:00 to 17:00 - Conférences

Annual conference of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies. The war in Ukraine has marked the return of high-intensity conflict in Europe and represents a profound, structural shift in the region’s strategic environment. It also takes place against a backdrop of a decades-long...

09
Nov
2021
Tuesday 09 November 2021 to Wednesday 10 November 2021
from Tuesday 9 November 2021 09:15 to Wednesday 10 November 2021 12:30 - Videoconferences

The era of hyper globalization is now transforming into an age of geoeconomics, where trade and economic relations are increasingly conditioned by national security concerns. What impact will this shift have on the regional trade architecture and economic strategies in East Asia?  <...>

11/04/2023
By: Céline PAJON, quoted by Gabriel Dominguez in the Japan Times

One of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s top goals for next month’s Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima is to create a united front on issues like China and Ukraine. But finding a unified approach to dealing with Beijing’s assertiveness might have just become harder.<...>

30/06/2022
By: Céline PAJON, cited by Maria Siow in the South China Morning Post

Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) is made up of US, UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, with the latter two expected to spearhead cooperation efforts. Some experts say France is already interested despite anger over Aukus security pact; the new PBP will become ‘multilateral rather than...

28/10/2021
By: Jean-Louis Lozier quoted by Li Wei in China Military Online

BEIJING, Oct. 28 -- The 5th session of Beijing Xiangshan Forum Webinar 2021 was held on the evening of October 26 around the topic of “Strategic Stability: Impasse and Way Out”, in which the establishment of the so-called trilateral security partnership, AUKUS, by the US, Britain and Australia...

23/09/2021
By: Laurence NARDON, quoted by Mary Ellen Cagnassola in Newsweek

Recent months have seen the United States and its allies step up their assertiveness toward China, with support voiced for Taiwan, a new deal to provide Australia with nuclear submarines and a new European strategy for increased presence in the Indo-Pacific, according to the Associated Press.<...>