Conference: Asia and Africa in Transition

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

Online presentations, live stream in room 27.0.17

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.

Panel programme

Session 1: Tuesday, 29 June, 9:00-11:00am (Copenhagen time/CEST) 

Chair: Peter Marcus Kristensen - Discussant: Andreas Bøje Forsby

Presenter(s) Title

Andrew Yeo and Kei Koga

Status, Identity, and Geopolitical Strategy: Japan and South Korea’s Divergent Path in the Indo-Pacific

Ghulam Ali

Indian Ocean and its critical choke points

Mark P. Stadler

Cautious Maneuvers of a Rising Middle Power. Indonesia's Role in the South China Sea and the wider Indo-Pacific

Peter Marcus Kristensen

Power Politics of Scale: The Case of the Fabrication of Indo-Pacific Region

Session 2: Tuesday, 29 June, 15:30-17:30 (Copenhagen time/CEST) 

Chair: Andreas Bøje Forsby - Discussant: Peter Marcus Kristensen

Presenter(s) Title 

Luka Nikolić

Revitalizing Sea Power – China's Two Ocean Strategy

Bérénice Guyot-Réchard

Breathing through water: Sri Lanka and the invention of the Indian Ocean, 1964-89

Krista Wiegand

Projected Deterrence: South China Sea Disputants as Pawns in the U.S.-China Rivalry

Alvin Yang and Karl Yan

A Theory of Hegemonic Change at Three Levels: Asian Regional Order, Indo-Pacific, and China