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2nd edition: European Strategic Dialogue

Wednesday 15 December 2021
Online via Zoom

The publication of the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy on 16 September was overshadowed by the tri-lateral defense pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS). Designed to foster a rules-based international order, the EU strategy concept is one of cooperation, not confrontation. It aims at increasing the EU’s involvement in ocean governance, as well as digital connectivity projects, forging stronger economic ties and safeguarding liberal and democratic values. France, Germany, and the Netherlands – all of them have drawn up national Indo-Pacific strategies in recent years – played a key role in the EU’s effort to find a more decisive approach to this distant but vital region. However, it will now require more than a strong push from the three countries to ensure that the EU implements a long-term strategy in the Indo-Pacific.

From strategy into reality: how to implement the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy?

How to turn this strategy into reality, especially considering divergence between member states? How to generate new partnerships between Europe and Indo-Pacific countries? What role will China play, both in economic and military terms? And how can the EU, the US, and the UK work together to advance their shared interests in the region?


Welcome and introduction:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops (Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University);

Panel discussion:

  • Dr. Antoine Bondaz (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris)
  • Dr. Felix Heiduk (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin) 
  • Dr. Daniel Fiott (European Union Institute for Security Studies, Brussels)
  • Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten (Clingendael China Centre, The Hague)

Sophie Vériter (Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University)


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