Maritime security and the role of European navies
Maritime security in the Indo-Pacific is of high importance to European states. As most European trade is seaborne, guarding the sea lines of communication and protecting international legal frameworks are necessary to maintain prosperity and uphold the existing international order – especially for smaller, trade-dependent states like the Netherlands. A European naval presence between European and Asian ports can protect European trade and signals that European interests are at stake. Yet European naval capacity is limited, with few ships available for deployments across such a vast region, especially following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How can European states make smarter and effective use of their capabilities within those constraints and limit economic vulnerabilities? The HCSS Europe in the Indo-Pacific Hub, explores several options, including rotational deployments, basing arrangements, and task specializations. We examine the strategic logic and limits of a European naval presence in the Indo-Pacific, and specifically which frameworks and partnerships are the most effective.
Shifting value chains between Asia and Europe
For Europe the importance of seaborne trade in the Indo-Pacific for Europe is hard to overstate. Resources required for the energy transition and digital technologies, like critical raw materials, come largely from China. Europe’s fossil fuels, such as crude oil and liquified natural gas, come partially from the Gulf Kingdoms. Europe’s digital economy entirely relies on advanced semiconductors, produced in Taiwan and South-Korea. Semiconductor manufacturing relies on silicon wafers produced in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the European Union. End products, such as electric cars, solar panels, iPhones and medicine, are in large quantities imported from China. As great power rivalry intensifies and states shift into geopolitical blocs, the efforts of states to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency and ensure energy security picks up pace. Consequently, the value chains crossing the waters of the Indo-Pacific are shifting. Within the HCSS Europe in the Indo-Pacific Hub, we look at the growing competition between states over high-end technologies, vital resources and value chains. We examine the strategies that European states can employ to make our modern economies more resilient during times of increased insecurity on climate, energy and trade.
EIPH products: research reports, essays, workshops and discussions
The HCSS Europe in the Indo-Pacific Hub engages multiple activities. First, we produce research reports and commentary on current affairs.
Second, we bring together researchers, experts, and policymakers from Europe, Asia, and the US in workshops and edited volumes.
Lastly, we organise public and private events and seminars to discuss ongoing developments.
Key Reports by HCSS analysts
Workshops, Round Tables, Seminars and Key Note Speeches
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