Asia & Europe Initiative 2022

ROUNDTABLE | SETTING SAIL FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC: THE SEARCH FOR AN EU PIVOT TO ASIA

 

War has come back to Europe just as the world’s centre of gravity was shifting from Europe to Asia. If today’s focus is on supporting Ukraine’s fight to resist the Russian invasion, long-term concerns for European security remain centred in Asia. It is past time for Europe to discuss whether to step up its economic and strategic presence in Asia, especially the Indo-Pacific region; the urgent challenge is to figure out how such a game will be played. The activism of AUKUS and QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) members has forced the EU to quickly develop a complete strategy towards the region encompassing its relationship with emerging countries in ASEAN, the US, China and Japan. Is the Joint Communication enough or are more steps needed? How can European national and communitarian interests be made to coexist? And what can Russia’s invasion of Ukraine teach us about the  new order in the making in the Indo-Pacific region?

 

Today’s Roundtable is promoted within the fourth edition of the Asia & Europe Initiative “Stability and Security in the Indo-Pacific: The US, Japan, the EU and the Elephant in the Room” which gathers together leading experts, Asian and European think thank representatives, as well as Italian companies and agencies to discuss the increasing geopolitical interest in the Indo-Pacific Region.

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