Engaging the Indo-Pacific: German and Korean Perspectives on Regional Cooperation

  • A policy-oriented research project bringing together the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul. The project aims at analysing German/EU and Korean strategies for Indo-Pacific engagement and identifying areas for in-depth consultation, coordination and cooperation.
    Korea Foundation, 2022


    Prof. Dr. Sook-Jong Lee


    Prof. Dr. Yul Sohn


    Prof. Dr. Chaesung Chun



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    * How have Germany, the EU and the Republic of Korea (ROK) reacted to the rise of the Indo-Pacific as a strategic space?
    * How have Germany, the European Union and the ROK resorted to foreign policy signalling in this regard and who have been the respective target audiences?
    * How and in which issue areas can and should Germany/EU and the ROK cooperate in the Indo-Pacific?

    Beitrag zu internationaler Forschung

    International research on the Indo-Pacific has burgeoned in recent years, investigating the rise of the Indo-Pacific concept and analysing how in particular the Quad countries (Australia, India, Japan and the US) have developed relevant strategies and are cooperating with each other. Not much attention has however been focussed on how Indo-Pacific-based middle powers can cooperate with external parties to help shape the Indo-Pacific order. Against the background of their respective strategies for the region, this project seeks to identify areas for fruitful cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Germany/the European Union in the Indo-Pacific.

    Forschungsdesign und Methoden

    Outcome-explaining process tracing to analyse the development of Indo-Pacific-related and other regionally focussed foreign policy strategies in Germany/the European Union and the ROK combined with elite and expert interviews in both countries to identify areas for effective bi- and/or multilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

    Vorläufige Ergebnisse

    The proposed project asks how Germany/the European Union and the Republic of Korea, can effectively co-operate in the Indo-Pacific to advance their collective interests, also in terms of helping to establish a reformed liberal order. The project participants will first take stock of how Germany/the EU and the ROK have engaged with the strategic concept of the Indo-Pacific and how they have resorted to foreign-policy signalling in this regard. The second part of the project will focus on selected issue and policy areas, viz. (a) multilateralism, (b) maritime governance and security, and (c) economic cooperation and connectivity, which hold promise for effective collaboration between like-minded partners in Asia and Europe. Policy recommendations for plurilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in these policy areas and beyond will be contained in briefing papers published by the EAI and the GIGA in late 2022.

    GIGA Focus Asien | 5/2022

    Towards Closer European Union and German Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    Die Europäische Union und Deutschland setzen Strategien zur Zusammenarbeit im Indo-Pazifik um. Welche Rolle kann Südkorea hierbei spielen? In diesem GIGA Focus Asien präsentieren wir die Ergebnisse eines Policy-orientierten Forschungsprojektes zu den Potenzialen engerer Kooperation.

    Korea-Germany Security Cooperation in the Far East and Indo-Pacific

    GIGA Talk | 01.12.2022

    Der Weg zur engeren Zusammenarbeit mit Südkorea im indopazifischen Raum

    Der Weg zur engeren Zusammenarbeit mit Südkorea im indopazifischen Raum, Online event Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (Vortragende:r), Dr. Johannes Plagemann (Vortragende:r), Dr. Christian Wirth (Vortragende:r), Prof. Dr. Yul Sohn (Diskutant:in), Prof. Dr. Sook-Jong Lee (Diskutant:in), Prof. Dr. Chaesung Chun (Diskutant:in), Dr. Martin Thümmel (Diskutant:in), Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig (Moderator:in)

    Die Europäische Union und Deutschland entwickeln Strategien für die Zusammenarbeit im indopazifischen Raum. Wie passt Südkorea in dieses Bild? In diesem GIGA Talk werden die Ergebnisse eines Forschungsprojekts vorgestellt und diskutiert, das die Potenziale für eine engere Zusammenarbeit untersucht.

    Der Indo-Pazifik als neuer strategischer Raum

    Workshop | 28.08.2022 - 04.09.2022

    Der Indo-Pazifik als neuer strategischer Raum

    Sommerakademie Begabtenförderungswerke, Heidelberg Organisation: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (Vortragende:r)

    Auf Einladung der Hans Böckler Stiftung referierte Patrick Köllner auf der Sommerakademie der Bildungsförderungswerke in Deutschland zu Aufstieg und politischen Implikationen des Indo-Pazifik-Konzepts.


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