Why is the Indo-Pacific region important?

The Indo-Pacific region encompasses the majority of the world’s population and over 40% of global GDP (along with almost two-thirds of global GDP growth, per World Bank data).  The Indo-Pacific also includes the largest and second largest countries in the world, as well as at least three global powers (China, Japan, and India – though the other two global powers, Russia and the US, are also both very active there), the largest and most important newly democratic country in the world (Indonesia), the world’s largest and second largest majority-Muslim countries (Indonesia and Pakistan), the most important high-technology economies (Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan), at least three world financial hubs (Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore), and many of the most critical geopolitical flashpoints (Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, South China Sea, India-Pakistan, etc.).

What is the aim of the Indo-Pacific Geopolitics Programme?

The aim of the Centre’s Indo-Pacific research strand is to deliver policy-relevant discussion and analysis of geopolitical issues right across the entire region, firmly and deeply grounded in history and area studies. This offering is unique within the UK (and we believe more widely).

To this purpose, the strand has thus far delivered a robust series of speaker events, ongoing commentary articles for the Centre’s newsletter and a variety of major media outlets, the first three iterations of our Indo-Pacific Roundtable, with the fourth due to be held in May 2024. The Roundtables are a particularly important part of building a new Indo-Pacific network, as they bring academics from various disciplines and specialties from across the country together and into conversation with think tank analysts, consultants, officials and experts from a various government departments and agencies, and others.

People

Professor William Hurst

Professor William Hurst

Deputy Director & Strand Leader

Indo-Pacific & Global Strands

Dr John Nilsson-Wright

Dr John Nilsson-Wright

Programme Head

Japan & Koreas Programme

Ha Chae Kyoun (CK)

Ha Chae Kyoun (CK)

Research Assistant

Indo Pacific Strand

Connor O’Brien

Connor O’Brien

Research Assistant

Indo Pacific Strand

Janani Mohan

Janani Mohan

Research Assistant

Indo Pacific Strand

Moez Hayat

Moez Hayat

PhD Student

Say Jye Quah

Say Jye Quah

PhD Student

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Authoritarianism

Indo-Pacific Roundtable 2024: Authoritarianism, democracy, and stability

Security

Indo-Pacific Roundtable 2024: Security

Economics, Populism

Unfinished Quest: India’s Search for Major Power Status, with T.V. Paul

Economics, Maritime, Security

Challenges in the South China Sea

Friday 26th April, 2024

Challenges in the South China Sea

Diplomacy

Southeast Asia between the Superpowers: Who is where and why?

Expert Analysis

A public vote of no-confidence for South Korea’s President Yoon

Expert Analysis

High stakes at low tide: The Second Thomas Shoal in context

In the press

Chinese sea attacks on US ally risk bigger confrontation

Monday 1st April, 2024

Chinese sea attacks on US ally risk bigger confrontation

Prof. William Hurst offers his analysis of rising tensions between China and the Philippines, and their potential security and defence implications for the wider region. He contributes to this package on “The World” which was put out by NPR.

Event Review

Event review: Japanese diplomacy – the power of influence

Diplomacy, Security

Enabling Japan’s security policies: The role of domestic institutions

Authoritarianism, Economics

What are China’s ambitions for the world order?

Business, Technology

Taiwan, technology and trade

Friday 8th March, 2024

Taiwan, technology and trade

In the press

How China strangled its golden goose – and paid a terrible price

Thursday 29th February, 2024

How China strangled its golden goose – and paid a terrible price

Centre for Geopolitics director, Prof. William Hurst, is quoted in an article in The Telegraph about China and Hong Kong’s apparent cultural isolation.

Economics, Environment, Security

The future of the Pacific regional order

Tuesday 27th February, 2024

The future of the Pacific regional order

Diplomacy

Japanese diplomacy – the power of influence

Thursday 22nd February, 2024

Japanese diplomacy – the power of influence

Economics, Security

China in the Pacific

Tuesday 13th February, 2024

China in the Pacific

Security

Geopolitics, order, and influence in the Pacific Islands

Business, Ethics

Corporate socialist responsibility: business ethics in Xi Jinping’s new era

Economics, Security

An enhanced UK-Japan global strategic partnership: A new type of alliance?

In the press

The arms supplied by North Korea to Russia as UK sends satellite images to UN

Sunday 21st January, 2024

The arms supplied by North Korea to Russia as UK sends satellite images to UN

John Nilsson-Wright is interviewed for this i News article.

Elections

What voters chose: responses to Taiwan’s election

Peace building

Peace initiatives of the Moon Jae-in administration in Korea: their legacy

Business, Economics

How China got rich, with Michael Wood

Thursday 23rd November, 2023

How China got rich, with Michael Wood

Populism

Populism in the Indo-Pacific

Wednesday 15th November, 2023

Populism in the Indo-Pacific

Elections

After Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwan’s January 2024 elections

Elections

Key elections in Southeast and East Asia

Friday 20th October, 2023

Key elections in Southeast and East Asia

Peace building

Korea Global Forum 2023

Friday 29th September, 2023

Korea Global Forum 2023

Business, Economics

Xiconomics: What China’s Dual Circulation Strategy Means for Global Business

Event Review

Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Business, Economics

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Journal

Essay appears in an Asia Policy paper

Thursday 20th July, 2023

Essay appears in an Asia Policy paper

John Nilsson-Wright essay appears in an Asia Policy paper on how countries are adopting different strategies in approaching the Indo-Pacific.

Event Review

Indo-Pacific Roundtable 2023

Monday 17th July, 2023

Indo-Pacific Roundtable 2023

In the press

Article in Korea JoongAng Daily

Saturday 8th July, 2023

Article in Korea JoongAng Daily

John Nilsson-Wright contributes to an article in Korea JoongAng Daily on Japan/Korea relationships post.

Event Review

All at Sea? Testing the UK’s resolve in the Pacific region

In the press

BBC World Service programme “Weekend”

Sunday 25th June, 2023

BBC World Service programme “Weekend”

John Nilsson-Wright is a studio guest on the BBC World Service programme “Weekend” speaking on many subjects over three 50 minute segments.

Maritime, Security

All at sea?  Testing the UK’s resolve in the Pacific region

Environment

Environmental emergencies in the Indo-Pacific

Podcast

On Geopolitics Episode 31: Japan, South Korea and the US

Monday 22nd May, 2023

On Geopolitics Episode 31: Japan, South Korea and the US

Ali and Suzanne are joined by Centre Affiliate Dr John Nilsson-Wright to consider this trilateral relationship in the run-up to the G7.  

Event Review

Timor-Leste & ASEAN: International politics and geopolitics

In the press

Guns before butter? Multi-dimensional diplomacy in China-Europe relations

Wednesday 17th May, 2023

Guns before butter? Multi-dimensional diplomacy in China-Europe relations

9DASHLINE publishes Guns before butter? Multi-dimensional diplomacy in China-Europe relations by Professor William Hurst.

Security

Timor-Leste and ASEAN: International politics and geopolitics

In the press

Middle East Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

Wednesday 19th April, 2023

Middle East Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

Dr William Figueroa discusses Middle East Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics with Jacques deLisle of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Announcement

Visit of Taiwanese delegates

Monday 17th April, 2023

Visit of Taiwanese delegates

In the press

China in Russia, Japan in Ukraine: Asian Powers Enter International Diplomacy

Wednesday 22nd March, 2023

China in Russia, Japan in Ukraine: Asian Powers Enter International Diplomacy

The Diplomat publishes China in Russia, Japan in Ukraine: Asian Powers Enter International Diplomacy by Dr William Figueroa.

Event Review

The Rise and Fall of the EAST with Professor Yasheng Huang

Authoritarianism, Education, Technology

‘The Rise and the Fall of the EAST’, with Huang Yasheng

Diplomacy, Law, Security

Garren Mulloy examines Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision

Commentary

Professor Bill Hurst’s tweet on the protests in China goes viral

In the press

Xi Jinping’s Trip to Riyadh Is About More Than Saudi-US Relations by Dr William Figueroa

Saturday 10th December, 2022

Xi Jinping’s Trip to Riyadh Is About More Than Saudi-US Relations by Dr William Figueroa

The Diplomant publishes Xi Jinping’s Trip to Riyadh Is About More Than Saudi-US Relations by Dr William Figueroa.

Podcast

Episode 21: Protest in China

Wednesday 7th December, 2022

Episode 21: Protest in China

Professor Bill Hurst and Suzanne Raine examine the significance of the recent outbreak of protests in many cities in China, and the CCP’s response.  

Diplomacy

Making sense of how sense is made of Chinese foreign policy

In the press

Professor William Hurst writes in Time magazine about Chinese protests

Monday 5th December, 2022

Professor William Hurst writes in Time magazine about Chinese protests

Professor William Hurst writes in Time magazine about Chinese protests.

Economics, History

The Indian Ocean and the multicultural origins of the global economic order

Diplomacy, Environment

Taiwan’s Green Party diplomacy: Origins, evolution and impact

In the press

Professor William Hurst appears on “Live with Lizzie Lee”

Saturday 19th November, 2022

Professor William Hurst appears on “Live with Lizzie Lee”

Professor William Hurst appears on “Live with Lizzie Lee”, a video channel in The China Project, answering questions on about street protests in China.

Episode 19: China – taking stock

Wednesday 9th November, 2022

Episode 19: China – taking stock

What happened at the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and what does it mean for China’s future direction? Ali and Suzanne are joined by Professor Bill Hurst, who talks us through personalities, drama, and the new Chinese focus on persistence and security.

Commentary

The China-Israel trade deal

Tuesday 25th October, 2022

The China-Israel trade deal

Commentary

Pregaming the Party Congress

Monday 26th September, 2022

Pregaming the Party Congress

Commentary

Stuck in a corner: China’s Zero-Covid strategy

Commentary

Russia and Ukraine through the prism of cross-Strait relations

Commentary

Chagos Islands and the geopolitics of residual colonialism

Announcement

Introducing William Hurst, the Centre’s new Deputy Director

Event Review

Is China more of a threat or an opportunity?

Commentary

Britain’s Pivot to Asia: The Big Picture

Friday 12th February, 2021

Britain’s Pivot to Asia: The Big Picture

Event Review

One Belt One Road: Train Wreck or Masterstroke?

Event Review

Challenges to Japan’s Leadership in Asia and the World