Mercredi 12 Février 2020
de 18:00 à 19:30
Débats Conférences
Ifri Paris

The region’s hot spots – from the South China Sea to the Korean Peninsula to the Taiwan Strait – remain potent reminders of instability. Meanwhile, a competition for regional leadership continues to develop through concepts such as China’s ‘Belt and Road’ and the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’.

Regional competition and strong uncertainty are pushing Asian countries to adopt hedging strategies that are facilitating a flurry of partnerships and minilaterals. In this context, there is a heightened interest for cooperation with individual European countries and/or the EU. At the same time, the historical US alliance system in the region is under stress. In the Indo-Pacific, a new order, different from what we have previously experienced, is in the making.

The distinguished speakers will discuss these issues and more.

The conference will be held in English (no translation provided).




Welcome Remarks by Thierry de MONTBRIAL, Executive Chairman, Ifri and Junichi IHARA, Ambassador of Japan in France


Keynote Speaker: Barry DESKER, Distinguished Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore


Chairs: Masashi NISHIHARA, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Japan and Céline PAJON, Head of Japan Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


  • Patrick CRONIN, Asia-Pacific Security Chair, Hudson Institute, United States
  • Hugo MEIJER, CNRS Research Fellow, Sciences Po (CERI), France
  • Hiroyuki AKITA, Editorial Staff Writer, The Nikkei, Japan


Concluding remarks: Masashi NISHIHARA, President, RIPS