Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the world’s economic and strategic centre of gravity, in which established and rising powers compete with each other. Learn more about the GIGA’s research, policy exchange and knowledge transfer activities on this mega region, focusing in particular on the perspectives of governmental and non-governmental actors in the region itself.


  • GIGA Talk | 01/12/2022

    Towards Closer Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Talk, we will present and discuss findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation therewith. Video now online!

    Lecture Series | 30/11/2022

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    The Franco-German Observatory invites key actors from the Indo-Pacific to discuss questions of a strategic nature, of economic interdependence and independence, and the expectations the countries of the Indo-Pacific might have towards the “West”.

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    Policy Brief | 09/2022

    Born in Tokyo, Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Crawls in LA; Will it Ever Walk?

    In this article, Dr. Mohammadbagher Forough analyses the first in-person ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which took place in September 2022 in Los Angeles, and provides policy recommendations for the endeavour to move forward.

    BR24 | Quote | 08/08/2022

    China-Taiwan: Eskalation oder Drohgebärde? Das sagen Experten

    Was bedeuten die chinesischen Militärmanöver um Taiwan? Wie wahrscheinlich ist eine weitere Eskalation der Krise? Einschätzungen zur sicherheitspolitischen Bedeutung. 

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Cooperation Event | 06/07/2022

    Engaging in the Indo-Pacific

    The East Asia Institute (EAI), Seoul, and the GIGA co-hosted a seminar titled “Engaging in the Indo-Pacific: German and South Korean Views” on 6 July 2022 at the East Asia Institute conference hall. The panelists held an in-depth discussion on the vision for the Indo-Pacific region, measures for German-South Korean cooperation, and both countries’ strategies for engagement.

    National Interest | 09/2022

    What the West Gets Wrong About the SCO

    While Exaggerated Analyses of the Geopolitical Bonding in the SCO Abound, Little is Being Said About its Members’ Geoeconomic Projects.

    Blog Article | 07/2022

    Biden’s Middle East Policy Contradicts his China Policy

    US President Joe Biden has just completed his first trip to the Middle East. This blog article discusses four global implications of this trip for US Indo-Pacific policy and the China-US rivalry.


    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    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

    Research Project | 01/07/2018 - 31/12/2021

    Recalibrating China Policy: Australia and New Zealand in Comparative Perspective

    Australia and New Zealand (NZ) have in recent years been at the forefront of the growing confrontation between the ‘West’ and China. Despite very close economic ties with China, both countries have substantially changed their approaches to dealing with the People’s Republic. This research project contributes to and seeks to advance relevant academic as well as policy-oriented debates on the topic.
    GIGA, 2018-2021

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Research Project | 01/01/2017 - 01/12/2019

    Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change and State Transformation: Japan in the Global Context

    While East Asia’s and especially China’s economic growth has become a major driving force of global change, developed countries struggle to readjust their social, economic and political institutions to the challenges of financial crises, shrinking populations, and the rising demand for and costs of social welfare. As an economically and technologically highly advanced society, Japan finds itself at the intersection and forefront of these regional and global changes.
    GIGA, Tohoku University Forum for Creativity, 2017-2019

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

    Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci

    Prof. Dr. Hiroko Takeda

    Dr. Jeremy Breaden

    Prof. Dr. Koichi Hasegawa

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Saori Shibata

    Dr. Paul O'Shea

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Raymond Yamamoto

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Dr. Ra Mason

    Dr. Shogo Suzuki


    Global Studies Quarterly | 12/2022

    The Production of Souls in International Relations

    The article introduces 'soul' and 'soulcraft' — as an indispensable yet unacknowledged component of statecraft — to IR and Political Science.

    Monograph | Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. | 12/2022

    Monitoring des Asiatisch-Pazifischen Forschungsraums (APRA) - Chinas Wissenschafts- und Technologiepolitik: Förderung von Hochtechnologie und technologischer Unabhängigkeit

    Der Bericht wurde im Auftrag des BMBF erstellt. Ziel des APRA-Performance Monitorings ist, der deutschen Wissenschaftslandschaft die notwendige Evidenzbasis zur strategischen Weiterentwicklung der Zusammenarbeit mit den Ländern des asiatisch-pazifischen Raums zu liefern.

    Henning Kroll

    Dr. Christian Schäfer

    Naomi Knüttgen

    Monograph | Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. | 12/2022

    Monitoring des Asiatisch-Pazifischen Forschungsraums (APRA) - Japans Wissenschafts-, Technologie- und Innovationspolitik

    Der Bericht wurde im Auftrag des BMBF erstellt. Ziel des APRA-Performance Monitorings ist, der deutschen Wissenschaftslandschaft die notwendige Evidenzbasis zur strategischen Weiterentwicklung der Zusammenarbeit mit den Ländern des asiatisch-pazifischen Raums zu liefern.

    Henning Kroll

    Dr. Christian Schäfer

    Naomi Knüttgen

    GIGA Focus Asia | 5/2022

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

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Focus Asia, we share findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation here.

    9DashLine | 10/2022

    The EU Ventures into the Strategic "Jungle"

    The article unpacks the negative consequences of diplomatic discourse such as 'garden/jungle' coming out of the EU, especially as they pertain to the European search for strategic autonomy in the world and EU's competition (through the Global Gateway) with China (and its BRI) in Africa.

    GIGA Talk | 01/12/2022

    Towards Closer Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Talk, we will present and discuss findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation therewith. Video now online!

    Lecture Series | 30/11/2022

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    The Franco-German Observatory invites key actors from the Indo-Pacific to discuss questions of a strategic nature, of economic interdependence and independence, and the expectations the countries of the Indo-Pacific might have towards the “West”.

    Cooperation Event | 28/11/2022 - 30/11/2022

    Liberal Script(s) — Asian Versions and Contestations of a Concept

    This conference addresses the broad theme of Asian scripts (liberal or not) and asks how Asian states organise themselves and ally/partner with each other based on these scripts’ political/ economic features. It is hosted by the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS under the lead of GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Michael Zürn.

    BR24 | Quote | 08/08/2022

    China-Taiwan: Eskalation oder Drohgebärde? Das sagen Experten

    Was bedeuten die chinesischen Militärmanöver um Taiwan? Wie wahrscheinlich ist eine weitere Eskalation der Krise? Einschätzungen zur sicherheitspolitischen Bedeutung. 

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    Solomon Times | Article | 21/06/2022

    Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific: the Difference is Migration Policy

    Patrick Köllner's contribution to the Devpolicy blog, Australian National University, was carried by the Solomon Times, Honiara.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Speaker | 07/12/2022

    A Rising Islamic Middle Power? The Interaction of Islam, Diplomacy and Soft Power in Indonesia

    Oriental Institute, The Czech Academy of Sciences Prague: 07/12/2022

    Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Discussant, Discussant, Discussant, Discussant, Moderator | 01/12/2022

    Towards Closer Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Talk, we will present and discuss findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation therewith.

    Prof. Dr. Yul Sohn

    Prof. Dr. Sook-Jong Lee

    Prof. Dr. Chaesung Chun

    Martin Thümmel

    Speaker | 30/11/2022

    Lecture series 'Entering Choppy Waters? Cooperation and Competition in the Indo-Pacific'

    University of Duisburg-Essen Duisburg: 30/11/2022

    Presentation on 'The East Asian Origins of the Democracy vs Autocracy Paradigm and its explanatory value for understanding Indo-Pacific Geopolitics'

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Formerly Research Fellow

    President

    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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