What’s in a concept: Maritime Security, Common Threats and Security Cooperation in the framework of the Indo-Pacific


Date: February 12, 2019 from 14:00 to 17:30
Place: Maison de la Chimie, Paris, FR


The Strategic Research Foundation is pleased to invite you to the conference "What's in a Concept: Maritime Security, Common Threats and Security Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific" to be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 14:00 to 17:30 at the Maison de la Chimie (28 rue Saint-Dominique - 75007 Paris - France).

The concept of Indo-Pacific, first proposed by Japan, plays an important role to reinforce the strategic linkage between two theaters, the Indian and Pacific regions, and presents a significant answer to China’s multi-faceted maritime initiative. Both France and Japan, as well as the United States, India and Australia, have direct interests, including economic ones as well as the protection of sea lanes of communication, in both regions. The Indo-Pacific theater is confronted with significant challenges to the principle of freedom of navigation and the respect of international norms, including through terrorism and piracy. All these threats are of direct interest to the countries bordering this theater. They also offer an opportunity in terms of cooperation in capacity-building in the region from the Indian Ocean, including in Africa, to the Pacific.

Language: English

12h30 - 14h00
Lunch for speakers
14h00 - 14h15

Xavier Pasco, Director General, FRS


Roundtable 1: The Significance of the Concept of Indo-Pacific: Common Perceptions and Differences

[Moderator] Marie-France CHATIN, Producer of Géopolitiques, Radio France Internationale

[Speaker] Shino WATANABE, Professor, Sophia University

[Discussant] Dr. Walter LOHMAN, Director, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation


Roundtable 2: New Challenges in the Indo-Pacific Theater: from vulnerable SLOC to the Allure of China’s BRI Initiative

[Moderator] Hiroyuki AKITA, Journalist, Nikkei

[Speaker] Jean-Luc RACINE, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Centre

[Discussant] Marianne PERON-DOISE, Senior Research Fellow, Maritime Security, IRSEM


Roundtable 3: Possible Answers: Sharing of Experiences and Capacity Building in Third Countries - The Example of Africa

[Moderator] Valérie NIQUET, Head of the Asia Department, FRS

[Speaker] Tomoharu OTAKE, Chief Representative, JICA France Office

[Discussant] Nicolas REGAUD, Special Representative to the Indo-Pacific of the Director General, DGRIS

Concluding Remarks

Valérie NIQUET, Head of the Asia Department, FRS