Conference: Asia and Africa in Transition

NEW DATES: 28-30 June 2021

Panel: The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

Conveners: Andreas Bøje Forsby, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Peter Marcus Kristensen, Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

The ‘Indo-Pacific’ has emerged as a central geopolitical arena as well as a contested policy-guiding analytical concept. Initially launched by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe back in 2007, the `Indo-Pacific´ has gained widespread popularity with several major powers having now launched official Indo-Pacific strategies. Connecting the world’s most populous, high-growth economies and also home to maritime great power rivalries and territorial disputes, the `Indo-Pacific´ has recently seen concerted attempts to promote a rules-based international order, orchestrated by a quartet of countries known as the Quad (Australia, India, Japan and the United States). While the surge of interest in the `Indo-Pacific´ has several drivers, the rise of China as a pivotal geopolitical actor is probably the most important one.

This panel invites papers that analyze and reflect on the new spatial, maritime, strategic, political and conceptual landscapes surrounding the `Indo-Pacific´, ranging from theoretically informed discussions to more policy-oriented work on the geopolitical and geoeconomic strategies of all the states in the region.