Engaging The Indo-Pacific: Some Pointers For Europe

Picture of The aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH returns to its home port after completion of Exercise Crimson Ocean

The regional dynamics of the Indo-Pacific Region (IPR), especially maritime security-related, are distinctly different from other regions, especially Europe. There are existential sub-regional dynamics that vary across the IPR, which need to be viewed through an Indo-Pacific lens and not a European or NATO lens. This issue brief argues that while the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict may temporarily impact European maritime security interactions in the Indo-Pacific, there is a parallel need to enhance capacity and capability and organizational interactions to shape the European approach to the IPR and enhance its maritime footprint in line with the common aim of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

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