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The Navigating the Indo-Pacific programme examines a geographic region of rising strategic significance. Spanning the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the combined region will form a central arena of competition and cooperation amongst global and regional powers in the coming years.

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The Indo-Pacific region presents a dichotomy in contemporary international relations. While it represents a key thoroughfare for international commercial activity and a driver of global economic growth, it faces potentially destabilising traditional and non-traditional security threats. A rules-based international order under stress further exacerbates these challenges.

Developments driven in part by the nature of China’s rise and shifts in US foreign policy have generated a space for middle and small powers as growing actors in this region, enabling new forms of partnerships including narrow and issue-focused mini-laterals. Debates around norms and standards, particularly around infrastructure projects and new technologies, are central to discussions around the future landscape of geopolitics and are in many cases led by countries in the Indo-Pacific. Ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight, as well as wider maritime security, has implications for the sustainable development of economies in the region and the international laws upon which they rely. These questions are intertwined with debates around how to navigate the increasing great power competition between China and the US.

The Navigating the Indo-Pacific Programme provides analysis to help understand the complex local dynamics that define this region, as well as its interplay with wider geopolitical trends.

 Programme Team

Veerle Nouwens
Research Fellow

Aaditya Dave
Research Analyst

Raffaello Pantucci
Senior Associate Fellow

Andrew Cainey
Senior Associate Fellow

Bates Gill
Senior Associate Fellow

Walter C Ladwig III
Associate Fellow

Jurgen Haacke
Associate Fellow

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 Bridging the Oceans Podcast Series

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Hosted by Veele Nouwens, this podcast provides an essential a platform to discuss the key defence and security questions of the world’s most dynamic region: the Indo-Pacific.

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Contacts

Veerle Nouwens
Research Fellow
Aaditya Dave
Research Analyst