In collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) cordially invites you to a webinar on preventing conflict in the Indo-Pacific. In the upcoming decades, the Indo-Pacific region will gain importance as the economic, demographic and perhaps also the military center of gravity in the world. Great power competition, including the risk of an armed conflict, between a rising China and an established America will first and foremost play out here.
Beijing and Washington have made their first moves. China is rapidly modernizing and expanding its navy in order to better protect the waterways on which it depends for trade and resources like oil. Meanwhile the United States has initiated new coalitions such as the QUAD with Japan, an economic powerhouse by itself, India, and Australia and more recently AUKUS with Australia and the United Kingdom. The Netherlands also has skin in the game. In 2021 the Dutch navy contributed an air defense frigate, the Ms. Evertsen, to a British carrier strike group that sailed through the South China Sea and then engaged in military drills with two American carrier strike groups and the Japanese navy around Okinawa.
Japan and European states, as well as the European Union, have presented Indo-Pacific strategies, outlining what they hope to achieve in the region. How can likeminded countries such as European states and Japan best contribute to security and prosperity in the region? What other countries should be involved in maritime security initiatives? What are the risks of a European presence in the Indo-Pacific? What contributions can Japan and European states make in non-security fields such as investment in green technologies, infrastructure and connectivity in the region?
The following speakers will answer these questions:
Keynote speech: “The Rise of the Indo-Pacific; Opportunities for cooperation between Europe and Japan”
- Prof. dr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan (GRIPS)
- Dr. Jagannath Panda, Coordinator of the East Asia Centre at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
- Dr. Paul van Hooft, Senior Strategic Analyst at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS)
- Dr. Tim Sweijs, Director of Research (HCSS)
Word of Welcome:
- AMB. Horinouchi Hidehisa, Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands
This webinar is the first in a series of public dialogues organized by the HCSS “Europe in the Indo-Pacific: Guarding the Maritime Commons Hub”
Event Details: February 17 – 10:00-11:30am CET