Crisis Talk on 8 November 2021

For the European Union, the Indo-Pacific region increasingly gains strategic importance. The European Commission recently adopted its strategy on the cooperation at the Indo-Pacific. The goal is to strengthen the European engagement in this economically and geopolitically growingly important region. It also underlines the European claim, to be seen as an independent and global player in foreign and security affairs. However, the question arises as to whether these efforts could be put into crisis by the trilateral military alliance between the U.S., the UK and Australia. Or is this also an opportunity for the EU to define its policy priorities for the Indo-Pacific even more clearly? Central issues that will be discussed at the event are the promotion of the rule-based global order, the free shipping and trade routes, as well as a European position towards the new global power China.

Crisis Talk: The EU and the Indo-Pacific – Common strategy at risk? Livestream provided by Hessen in Berlin und Europe (simultaneous interpretation English/German).

Lucia Puttrich
Minister for European and Federal Affairs of the State of Hessen


Dr. Christian Wirth
Research Fellow, German Institute for Global and Area Studies

Panel discussion

Dr. Christian Wirth

Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff
Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt/Goethe University Frankfurt

David McAllister, MEP
Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament

Dr. Reinhold Brender
Head of Division for Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific at the European External Action Service

Moderated by

Rebecca. C. Schmidt
Head of the Research Centre for Normative Orders of Goethe University Frankfurt

The "Crisis Talks" lunchtime debate series addresses how the European Union deals with crises and what we have learned from previous crisis situations. The "Crisis Talks" lunchtime debate series is organised since Juni 2015 by the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalized World" in the representation of the State of Hessen to the EU in Brussels.