2nd of September 2021, at 9-10.15 (EEST)
The United States and the international order it has traditionally propped up have faced tumultuous times in recent years. The Covid-19 pandemic is still causing disruptions around the world and the climate crisis is driving ever more destructive extreme weather events. The US, until recently the order’s putative leader, continues to grapple with the aftershocks of the Trump presidency both internally and in its foreign policy. Meanwhile, great-power competition is heating up in various theatres from Europe to the Indo-Pacific, not to mention in different domains, whether cyber, maritime or aerial. Against this backdrop, the 8th Helsinki Summer Session explores the future of international order at a time when the United States is debating and reassessing the parameters of its global engagement. This year’s panels bring together experts from the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific to cover a wide range of themes, including transatlantic trade and security relations, the developing order in the Indo-Pacific, climate politics, as well as the role of the US in Nordic security.
The ‘Indo-Pacific’ has fast become a new buzzword to describe a vast ‘meta-region’ defined by two great oceans.
Not only is the Indo-Pacific a realm of abundant economic opportunity in the decades to come, but it is also the
immediate theatre wherein an increasingly tense great-power competition between the United States and China
looks to unfold. This contest can be understood in terms of traditional military and economic power indicators, but
it is also increasingly defined by wrangling over multi- and minilateral institutions and regulatory frameworks as
well as the ability to establish, maintain and control connections across the vast meta-regional space. Against the
backdrop of such complexity, how will the future (dis)order in the Indo-Pacific develop in the years ahead? How
do regional powers, including Australia, Japan and India, see their role in the Indo-Pacific domain? To what extent
is there a role for the European Union and its member states in this meta-region?
The recording of the webinar is available at FIIA’s youtube-channel: