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Special Series on Indo-Pacific Strategy: Perspectives from Allies, Partners, and across the Indo-Pacific Special Series on Indo-Pacific Strategy: Perspectives from Allies, Partners, and across the Indo-Pacific
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This special series complements the US Indo-Pacific Strategy after One Year: Perspectives from Allies, Partners, and across the Indo-Pacific report. The analyses offered in these briefs apprise readers of progress toward IPS objectives and allow American audiences the opportunity to hear from Indo-Pacific stakeholders regarding how they perceive and assess Indo-Pacific Strategy.

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Australia at the Heart of Indo-Pacific Security Arrangement

Mark R. Watson, Director at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Washington DC), explains that for "Australia in particular, AUKUS and the Quad make sense when viewed against the backdrop of years enduring Chinese economic coercion, interference in domestic politics, and intimidation of Australia’s Chinese and Uyghur diaspora."

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The Evolution of Indo-Pacific in Japanese Strategy

Komei Isozaki, Japan Chair Fellow at the Hudson Institute, explains that Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe "should be remembered not just for the length of his tenure but also for his visionary efforts [regarding the Indo-Pacific], which were farsighted and strategic."

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The United States, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Prosperity

Yukari Sekiguchi, Senior Director in the East Asia and Pacific practice at the Albright Stonebridge Group, explains that "without the prospect for lower tariffs, or reductions in other market access barriers, IPEF's greatest benefit lies in its ability to harmonize other policies and regulations, and cultivate various types of concrete cooperation among its large network of like-minded countries."

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Resilience in the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Dhruva Jaishankar, Executive Director of the Observer Research Foundation America (ORF America), explains that a "prominent feature of the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is resilience in the face of '21st-century transnational threats,'" and how this theme relates to public health, supply chains, alliance structures, and more.

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Building Connections Within and Beyond the Indo-Pacific Region: A European Perspective

Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Professor of International Relations at King's College London & KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance, explains that "outside of relations with the United States, Europe’s strategic approach is leading to the prioritization of cooperation with Japan and South Korea—as well as Australia..."

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The European Union in the Indo-Pacific

Tara Varma, Visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center on the United States and Europe, explores the development of the EU Indo-Pacific strategy and how it brings " a positive agenda to the table... particularly when it comes to mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change and fostering connectivity."

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The United Kingdom and the Indo-Pacific

Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, Associate Professor at University of Cambridge and Korea Foundation Fellow at Chatham House, explains that "two motives lie behind Britain’s increased focus on the Indo-Pacific: a desire to develop a more agile foreign policy post-Brexit; and the need to engage with a region of the world that is increasingly vital to Britain’s national interest."

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Japan Matters for Indo-Pacific Strategy

Prof. Masatoshi Murakami, an Associate Professor at Kogakkan University and a former career diplomat of Japan, explains how Japan is cultivating ties with G7 members, NATO, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, and the United States.

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Reflections on IPEF's Regional Prosperity Pillar

Vikram Nehru, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Reflections on IPEF's Regional Prosperity Pillar, recommends that the IPEF better reflect the core priorities of developing countries in the Indo-Pacific and the United States finance these core priorities by leveraging multilateral development banks.

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Australia and the Resilient Pacific Islands

Ms. Andrea Gleason, Australian Consul-General in Honolulu, explains that Australia is "a member of the Pacific family and a proud founding member of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Australia’s priority is to ensure the Blue Pacific remains peaceful, prosperous, and equipped to respond to the challenges of our time."

APB Arch logo overlaying picture of virtual meeting with leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries March 12, 2021 at the State Dining Room of the White House

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: ASEAN Amid SIno-US Competition

Dr. Willam Choong, a Senior Fellow with the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and Managing Editor of Fulcrum, discusses regional maritime security and ASEAN’s regional engagement within the context of Singapora's US Indo-Pacific strategy.


The views expressed in this series are those of the authors and do not reflect those of the East-West Center
EWCW (EWC in Washington Logo)
This special series complements the US Indo-Pacific Strategy after One Year: Perspectives from Allies, Partners, and across the Indo-Pacific report. The analyses offered in these briefs apprise readers of progress toward IPS objectives and allow American audiences the opportunity to hear from Indo-Pacific stakeholders regarding how they perceive and assess Indo-Pacific Strategy.

APB Arch indo-pacific special series overlaying two hands coming together to make a heart shape masked in the colors the Australian flag

Australia at the Heart of Indo-Pacific Security Arrangement

Mark R. Watson, Director at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Washington DC), explains that for "Australia in particular, AUKUS and the Quad make sense when viewed against the backdrop of years enduring Chinese economic coercion, interference in domestic politics, and intimidation of Australia’s Chinese and Uyghur diaspora."

APB Arch indo-pacific special series overlaying image of Japan centered on the crest of a globe with arcs of light connecting it with other end of Pacific locations

The Evolution of Indo-Pacific in Japanese Strategy

Komei Isozaki, Japan Chair Fellow at the Hudson Institute, explains that Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe "should be remembered not just for the length of his tenure but also for his visionary efforts [regarding the Indo-Pacific], which were farsighted and strategic."

APB Arch indo-pacific special series overlaying woven Japanese and American flags

The United States, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Prosperity

Yukari Sekiguchi, Senior Director in the East Asia and Pacific practice at the Albright Stonebridge Group, explains that "without the prospect for lower tariffs, or reductions in other market access barriers, IPEF's greatest benefit lies in its ability to harmonize other policies and regulations, and cultivate various types of concrete cooperation among its large network of like-minded countries."

APB Arch indo-pacific special series logo overlaying picture of a magnifying glass strategically focused on the Asia portion of a map

Resilience in the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Dhruva Jaishankar, Executive Director of the Observer Research Foundation America (ORF America), explains that a "prominent feature of the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is resilience in the face of '21st-century transnational threats,'" and how this theme relates to public health, supply chains, alliance structures, and more.

APB Arch indo-pacific special series logo next to the circle of Stars emblem of the EU flag with a spherical dot map of Asia at its Center on a blue background

Building Connections Within and Beyond the Indo-Pacific Region: A European Perspective

Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Professor of International Relations at King's College London & KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance, explains that "outside of relations with the United States, Europe’s strategic approach is leading to the prioritization of cooperation with Japan and South Korea—as well as Australia..."

APB Arch indo-pacific special series logo and the EU Info-pacific strategy logo overlaying golden background embossed with swirl designs

The European Union in the Indo-Pacific

Tara Varma, Visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center on the United States and Europe, explores the development of the EU Indo-Pacific strategy and how it brings " a positive agenda to the table... particularly when it comes to mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change and fostering connectivity."

APB Arch indo-pacific special series logo overlaying an image of Asian landmarks and mirrored reflections of the landmarks with a British flag across the sky

The United Kingdom and the Indo-Pacific

Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, Associate Professor at University of Cambridge and Korea Foundation Fellow at Chatham House, explains that "two motives lie behind Britain’s increased focus on the Indo-Pacific: a desire to develop a more agile foreign policy post-Brexit; and the need to engage with a region of the world that is increasingly vital to Britain’s national interest."

APB Arch indo-pacific special series logo overlaying Abstract Earth view from space centered on Japan with fiber optic cables rising from major cities

Japan Matters for Indo-Pacific Strategy

Prof. Masatoshi Murakami, an Associate Professor at Kogakkan University and a former career diplomat of Japan, explains how Japan is cultivating ties with G7 members, NATO, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, and the United States.

APB Arch indo-pacific special series logo overlaying  a photo of officials from IPEF signatory countries standing on a dais in front of a blue backdrop with a stylized title for the IPEF Bangkok negotiation at its head

Reflections on IPEF's Regional Prosperity Pillar

Vikram Nehru, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Reflections on IPEF's Regional Prosperity Pillar, recommends that the IPEF better reflect the core priorities of developing countries in the Indo-Pacific and the United States finance these core priorities by leveraging multilateral development banks.

APB Arch logo overlaying photo of a globe focused on Australia and Oceania

Australia and the Resilient Pacific Islands

Ms. Andrea Gleason, Australian Consul-General in Honolulu, explains that Australia is "a member of the Pacific family and a proud founding member of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Australia’s priority is to ensure the Blue Pacific remains peaceful, prosperous, and equipped to respond to the challenges of our time."

APB Arch logo overlaying picture of virtual meeting with leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries March 12, 2021 at the State Dining Room of the White House

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: ASEAN Amid SIno-US Competition

Dr. Willam Choong, a Senior Fellow with the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and Managing Editor of Fulcrum, discusses regional maritime security and ASEAN’s regional engagement within the context of Singapora's US Indo-Pacific strategy.


The views expressed in this series are those of the authors and do not reflect those of the East-West Center