Geopolitics and Geoeconomics in Europe and Asia

Panel Code
Open Panel

As we discuss the shifting focus of geopolitics and geo-economics from Europe to Asia, the notion of ‘Indo-Pacific’ has assumed a new rallying point for major stake holders- the US, China, Japan, India, Australia, ASEAN and others to articulate their strategic postures. The emerging strategic articulations are important as the ‘Indo-Pacific’ has emerged as the hub of global trade and energy supply. The two-third container trade of the world passes through this region. The two rising economies- India and China and Japan are dependent on Indo-Pacific sea routes for their trade and energy supply. Besides the threat of growing piracy, the security of these sea routes is important as the two important maritime choke points- Bal al Mandeb and the Malacca Strait are located on the either side of the Indo-Pacific. Thus, an open, free and peaceful Indo-pacific anchored on a rule based order remains the desired goal. The region is also the home of more than 50 percent of the global population and rich in mineral and marine resources.
Since last one decade there has been fury of strategic moves and countermoves by major powers in the region. While the US, resident power since the World War II has renamed in 2018 her Pacific Command as ‘Indo-pacific Command, China has become more assertive and outreaching in the region. India, Japan and Australia share a joint strategic vision with the US for a free and open Indo-pacific. ASEAN, during its 34th Semi-Annual Summit in June 2019 in Bangkok, has adopted a document titled ‘ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’, which, inter alia calls for promoting an enabling environment for peace, stability and prosperity through an ASEAN-Centric rule based regional order in the Indo-Pacific.
In view of the above, the analytical and fact- based papers are invited on the following sub-themes:
1. The idea of Indo-Pacific and its strategic significance
2. Strategic postures of the major stakeholders on the Indo-Pacific
3. Challenges of an open, free and stable Indo-Pacific
4. Nature of emerging regional order in the Indo-Pacific