AUKUS: Resetting the European Thinking on Indo-Pacific?

Wednesday 13 October 2021 / 14:00 - 16:00 / Zoom

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ISDP Webinar on AUKUS: Resetting the European Thinking on Indo-Pacific?

The signing of the recent security partnership between Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) has theoretically followed the trend of mini-lateralism in the Indo-Pacific. However, debate concerning the AUKUS –mainly due to its overt recognition as a ‘security pact’ –has led to questions regarding its strategic necessity and value-addition to the Quad process in Indo-Pacific which is broadly viewed as the guiding forum for democratic states’ interests in the region. Besides, the AUKUS has also created a strong wave of reaction from France, creating a lot of doubts among the European strategic community. In a way, this has created a context where most of mainstream European countries are perhaps rethinking and revisiting their conventional approach and outlook towards the Indo-Pacific. To what extent the AUKUS is resetting the European emerging outlook towards Indo-Pacific? This webinar is aimed at analyzing the significance of the AUKUS and its strategic fallout, and draw the future implications for Europe and the region at large. It brings together some of the leading strategic experts in Europe and Asia to discuss the issue.

Speakers:

Dr. Niklas Swanström, Executive Director at ISDP

Dr. Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow and Coordinator of the East Asia Centre at MP-IDSA, New Delhi

General Mats Engman, Major General (ret.), Distinguished Military Fellow at ISDP

Dr. Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, Affiliated Scholar at the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)

Dr. Antoine Bondaz, Program Director at the Foundation for strategic research (FRS) and Associate Professor at Sciences po, Paris

Dr. Stephen R. Nagy, senior associate professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo

Mr. James Rogers, Co-Founder at Council on Geostrategy

Ms. Velina Tchakarova, Director at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) in Vienna, Austria

Dr. Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Tromsø: The Arctic University of Norway

Mr. Kapil Patil, Research Associate, Research & Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi

Ms. Mahima N. Duggal, Associated Research Fellow, ISDP, Stockholm

Moderators: Dr. Jagannath Panda