Bridging the Oceans Podcasts

This podcast creates a platform to discuss the key defence and security questions of the world’s most dynamic region: the Indo-Pacific.



The idea of the Indo-Pacific as a theatre for influence and power is gaining prominence among governments and expert communities across the world.

A number of regional and global powers with interests in the region, as well as groupings like ASEAN, have presented their own unique interpretations of the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept that connects the Indian and Pacific Oceans along with their littoral states as an integrated arena for competition and collaboration.


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Season 1

Bridging the Oceans, hosted by Veerle Nouwens, will explore what the Indo-Pacific is, where its limits lie, and what the fast-evolving defence and security issues are in this dynamic part of the world.

Together with a diverse range of experts, the podcast will also analyse today’s top geopolitical questions in the Indo-Pacific, understand how these are seen within the region itself, and consider how these issues may impact countries outside the region, like the United Kingdom.

Episode 24: US Perspectives on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region

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Episode 23: Sailing East of Suez – the Royal Navy and the Indo-Pacific

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Episode 22: The Quad in the Indo-Pacific: Purpose, Policies and Perspectives

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Episode 21: African Agency and the Indo-Pacific

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Episode 20: Japan’s Security in 2021: A New Defence White Paper

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Episode 19: Taiwan’s Place in the Indo-Pacific

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Episode 18: Taking on Chinese Tech: Can the EU and US Find Common Ground?

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Episode 17: All but in Name: China’s Indo-Pacific Ambitions

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Episode 16: A Fractured Transatlantic Approach to China and Space Policy

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Episode 15: Large Ocean States in the South Pacific

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Episode 14: A Transatlantic Tech Talk

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Episode 13: Japan’s Engagement with Southeast Asia

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Episode 12: A Transatlantic Dialogue on China

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Episode 11: Indonesia’s Foreign and Security Policies

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Episode 10: New Zealand's Indo-Pacific Recalibration

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Episode 9: Turning to the Indo-Pacific: Canada Examines a Future Role

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Episode 8: South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Synergy

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Episode 7: Title: Trump, Biden, and the Indo-Pacific

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Episode 6: Europe Turns to the Indo-Pacific

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Episode 5: Australia’s Indo-Pacific Approach: Principles and Partnerships

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Episode 4: ASEAN’s Outlook: Maintaining Centrality in the Indo-Pacific

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Episode 3: India’s Indo-Pacific Vision: Stabilising the Indian Ocean Region

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Episode 2: Japan’s Indo-Pacific Vision: What's Next After Abe?

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Episode 1: Conceptualising the Indo-Pacific

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Podcast trailer: Bridging the Oceans

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