Upcoming Event: International Workshop “Order In the Indo-Pacific”

On April 3, there will be an international workshop “Order in the Indo-Pacific” at the University of Helsinki. The workshop is related to a new policy-oriented project titled “Order in the Indo-Pacific: Gauging the Region’s Perspectives on EU Strategies and Constructive Involvement” funded by Stiftung Mercator in Germany. The project seeks to enhance the EU policy community’s understanding of the Indo-Pacific order through the regional viewpoints of Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and Vietnam. Our team includes Julie Yu-Wen Chen from the University of Helsinki, Finland; Jagannath Panda from the Institute for Security & Development Policy, Sweden; and Richard Ghiasy from GeoStrat Consulting, The Netherlands. The objective of the Helsinki workshop is to kick off the project by introducing our principal researchers and their analyses of Japan, China and the United States in the current Indo-Pacific order.

10:15 Opening by local host Julie Yu-Wen Chen, University of Helsinki

10:20 Remarks by Eevamaria Mielonen, Senior China Specialist, Unit of East & Southeast Asia and Oceania, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs


  • China and the Imaginary ‘Asian NATO’

Jagannath Panda, Head of Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden

  • The Indo-Pacific as a Security-Disordering Tool: China’s Perspectives

Richard Ghiasy, Director of Geostrat Consulting, The Netherlands

11:10-11:25 Comments from Bart Gaens, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Monique Taylor, Senior Researcher, University of Helsinki

11:25-11:45 Q&A