Partnership for a Rules-based Order in the Indo-Pacific

Bled Strategic Forum


The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the new grounds for international cooperation in the 21st century. Given the rapidly evolving balance of power in the region, the necessity for like-minded nations to cooperate to provide an effective counterbalance has increased. As these powers navigate different crises related to the ongoing pandemic, trade, connectivity, climate change, security, and data, the Indo-Pacific provides an opportunity for their interests to manifest. One such partnership that has scope for revival in this arena is the one between the EU and India, as the EU seeks to increase its involvement in the Indo-Pacific. Any cooperation will, however, require an established framework to be successful. The panel will discuss the potential for and dynamics of an EU-India partnership in the Indo-Pacific that can work with middle powers in the region.

What are the potential areas of cooperation for the EU and India in the Indo-Pacific? What rules and principles will guide such a partnership? Is the EU ready to be a political and security actor in the region? How can India and the EU catalyse the participation of other countries in their Indo-Pacific project? Which are the key areas and key actors that must be considered? What will the implications of an EU-India strategic partnership for regional economic and connectivity aspirations? How can the EU and India work with Japan, U.S. and Australia to offer a sustainable, transparent and accountable infrastructure and connectivity alternative?

16.00–17.00

H.E. Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister for External Affairs of India

H.E. Dr Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia

Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya

H.E. Dr Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs of Portugal

17.00–17.30

Ambassador Atul Keshap, Chargé d’Affaires, United States of America Embassy in New Delhi DIGITAL SPEAKER

Ms Velina Tchakarova, Director, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy

Dr Daniel Twining, President, International Republican Institute DIGITAL SPEAKER

Moderated by Dr Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation

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