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.


  • Lecture Series | 11/02/2022

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    The Franco-German Observatory invites key actors from the Indo-Pacific to discuss questions of economic interdependence and independence, of trade and investment, and the expectations the countries of the Indo-Pacific might have towards the "West". Upcoming talk by Prof. Dr. Richard Weixing Hu and Prof. Dr. Daojiong Zha.

    Conference | 09/12/2021 - 10/12/2021

    Franco-German Observatory on the Indo-Pacific Conference 2021

    This conference discusses the current geopolitical transformations taking place in the Indo-Pacific. The objective is to debate the stakes of these evolutions, their implications for our understanding of international politics in Asia, and their policy implications for European states and the European Union.

    GIGA Forum | 17/11/2021

    Safeguarding the “Rules-based Order”? Europe Navigates the Shallow Waters of the Indo-Pacific

    Along with other European countries, Germany has also sent a warship, the frigate "Bayern", on a mission in the Indo-Pacific with the aim of securing “rules-based” international politics in the region. The experts of this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk discuss the challenges of this mission. Video of event now online!

    GIGA Focus Asia | 5/2021

    Beyond “Indo-Pacific”: Understanding Small Pacific Powers on Their Own Terms

    Recently, the European Union presented its strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, which is not a coherent world region but a concept to respond to geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics linked to China’s rise. This GIGA Focus analyses the interests and concerns of the small powers in the Pacific.

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    In Brief | 15/07/2021

    Mind the Gap: Priorities for Transatlantic China Policy

    The MSC Distinguished Reflection Group on Transatlantic China Policy has launched its report. GIGA President Amrita Narlikar contributed as member of this group of noted senior specialists with her expertise on multilateralism, international political economy, and geopolitical developments to the timely discussion.

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Transforming Orders: How ‘Indo-Pacific’ Geopolitics Reconstruct Maritime Space and Alter the Law of the Sea’s Territorial Sovereignty and Freedom of the Seas Norms

    Maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas and confrontations between China and the United States over the freedom of navigation have put questions of maritime governance high on the political agenda. This research project places Indo-Pacific maritime politics in a broader context and analyses how discourses and practices in China, India, the US, Japan and Australia alter (perceptions of) international order(s) and of the international law of the sea.
    DFG, 2021-2023

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    In Brief | 03/05/2021

    EU–India: Potential for Political and Economic Cooperation

    As part of Europe Week, Almut Möller, Hamburg's State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs, discusses with GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar and Tara Varma (ECFR) about potential political and economic cooperation between the EU and India in the new podcast series "EU konkret".

    Research | 14/04/2021

    A Decade of Emergence: Europe in the Indo-Pacific

    GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar moderated the high-level panel "A Decade of Emergence: Europe in the Indo-Pacific" at the India’s premier conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics Raisina Dialogue 2021.


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

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

    A collaborative, policy-oriented research project bringing together the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul. The project aims at analysing German and Korean strategies for Indo-Pacific engagement and identifying areas for bi- and multilateral cooperation.
    Korea Foundation, 2022

    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

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 7/2021

    Raisi’s Foreign Policy: Pragmatic Revolutionism and the Iranian Pivot to Asia

    This GIGA Focus sheds light on the new Iranian conservative president Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi, and his doctrine of “pragmatic revolutionism.” The author analyses what the Iranian Asia-oriented foreign policy entails geopolitically and geoeconomically, and suggests how the multilateralist tendencies can be used by policymakers.

    Global Political Transitions | 11/2021

    Australia and New Zealand’s South Pacific Diplomacy: Seeking to Balance China’s Regional Engagement

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Global Political Transitions | 11/2021

    From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Diplomacy in a Contested Region

    Robert Patman

    Dr. Balazs Kiglics

    Global Political Transitions | 11/2021

    From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Diplomacy in an Emerging Strategic Space

    Prof. Dr. Robert G. Patman

    Dr. Balazs Kiglics

    Lecture Series | 11/02/2022

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    The Franco-German Observatory invites key actors from the Indo-Pacific to discuss questions of economic interdependence and independence, of trade and investment, and the expectations the countries of the Indo-Pacific might have towards the "West". Upcoming talk by Prof. Dr. Richard Weixing Hu and Prof. Dr. Daojiong Zha.

    Conference | 09/12/2021 - 10/12/2021

    Franco-German Observatory on the Indo-Pacific Conference 2021

    This conference discusses the current geopolitical transformations taking place in the Indo-Pacific. The objective is to debate the stakes of these evolutions, their implications for our understanding of international politics in Asia, and their policy implications for European states and the European Union.

    GIGA Talk | 17/11/2021

    Safeguarding the “Rules-based Order”? Europe Navigates the Shallow Waters of the Indo-Pacific

    Along with other European countries, Germany has also sent a warship, the frigate "Bayern", on a mission in the Indo-Pacific with the aim of securing “rules-based” international politics in the region. The experts of this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk discuss the challenges of this mission. Video of event now online!

    Hospodářské noviny | Quote | 14/10/2021

    Čína je stále agresivnější. Nedivím se Austrálii, že si kupuje jaderné ponorky, říká analytik

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 13/09/2021

    North Korea tests long-range cruise missiles

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    12/01/2022

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    Cooperation Event Online event: 11/02/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Center for International Studies, SciencesPo

    Eigth session of the Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific, featuring a presentation by Professors Zha Daojiong (Peking University) and Hu Weixing (University of Macao) on Chinese perspectives on the Indo-Pacific.

    01/2022

    China and the Middle Eastern Green Energy Sector

    Leiden Asia Centre Leiden: 01/2022

    The Increasing Role of China in the Middle Eastern Green Energy Sector

    13/12/2021

    The Long Game: How China Negotiates with India

    GIGA Event Online event: 13/12/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    The GIGA is proud to bring you the author of "The Long Game" Ambassador Vijay Gokhale in conversation with Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar. Video of the event available.

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