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Over the last decade, the global economic and strategic balance has been shifting eastwards. Asia is the largest and the most populous continent, with China and India alone already accounting for one-third of the global population. Asia is home to some of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing economies, but also to some most complex security hotspots. From tensions on the Korean Peninsula to maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, there are a number of issues which have the potential to spark more serious conflict. The rise of China is affecting the balance of power in the region, and has resulted in increased competition with the US for influence. This is also increasingly visible in the Indian Ocean, which has become a new theatre of strategic competition between China and India. While there are various multilateral cooperative mechanisms in the region, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) or the East Asia Summit, their capacity to address such security issues remains limited.

As a key trading partner of many Asian economies, the EU has a major stake in regional stability, as well as in the security of its Sea Lanes of Communication. Since announcing its ‘pivot to Asia’ in 2012, Brussels has been trying to step up its security role in Asia by boosting cooperation with its various Strategic Partners, as well as through existing multilateral fora. The EUISS has been working to support these efforts by providing relevant expertise and analysis and conducting research in domains that have the potential to enhance regional stability and raise the EU’s security profile. Key areas of focus are maritime security and governance, preventive diplomacy, confidence and capacity building, crisis prevention, multilateralism, regional integration and institution building.

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    08September 2023
    As India prepares to host the G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi on 9-10 September, this Brief analyses the Indian government’s motivations in seeking to pursue such an active and high-profile presidency, focusing in particular on its various minilateral diplomacy initiatives.
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    21June 2023
    Pakistan currently faces a perfect storm of economic, political and security crises. This Brief explores the key drivers of instability that plague Pakistan and their potential repercussions beyond the country’s borders.
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    28April 2023
    This Brief explores security risks for the EU emanating from Afghanistan by assessing the evolving Islamist terrorism threat since the Taliban regained control of the country in August 2021.
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    22March 2023
    This Brief examines China’s newly-unveiled Global Security Initiative (GSI) and its significance as part of a larger diplomatic offensive to advance Beijing’s strategic agenda and promote an alternative security governance architecture.
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    15March 2023
    In recent years both China and India have expanded their presence in the Middle East. This Brief shows however that their footprint in the Maghreb is primarily economic and remains light in comparison to that of the long-standing partner of the countries in the region: the EU.
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    16December 2022
    Lying at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, Afghanistan constitutes a key transit hub.  This Brief explores how tapping into regional trade, energy and transport connectivity around the country can yield significant benefits for the broader region.
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    23November 2022
    This Brief examines how the rise to power of Narendra Modi as the head of the nationalist BJP has changed India’s politics and diplomacy, and analyses the implications for the EU’s efforts to pursue closer engagement with the country.
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    15September 2022
    Over the past two decades, China has emerged as a key trading partner for Latin America. This Brief shows how the asymmetric nature of the economic relationship between China and a large number of LAC countries enables Beijing to exert leverage over its partners, as it systematically expands its political influence in the region.
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    12July 2022
    Almost a year on from the chaotic international military withdrawal from Kabul, this Brief draws on a series of roundtable consultations with senior Afghan and EU policymakers to analyse the EU’s role and engagement in Afghanistan over the past two decades.
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    06May 2022
    The 'circle of friends' versus the Indo-Pacific strategy

    This Chaillot Paper identifies the tactics and strategy used by China to expand its circle of friends.



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    13June 2023

    On 13 June, the EUISS hosted a delegation of the Korea Institute of Defense Analyses (KIDA) in Paris. 

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    23February 2023

    On 23 February, the EUISS organised a webinar to discuss the Sri Lankan crisis and explore the geo-political and geo-economic dynamics behind it. 

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    16February 2023

    On 16 February, the EUISS organised a seminar to examine existing and planned inter-regional connectivity initiatives around Afghanistan.

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    26January 2023

    On 26 January, the EUISS and the Genron NPO, the EU-Japan Strategic Dialogue organised a meeting which brought together experts from both sides to discuss the recent evolution of their respective security frameworks.

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    09December 2022

    The EUISS and the EEAS organised a series of roundtable discussions that brought together senior Afghan and international policy practitioners and experts for an assessment of international support, including that of the EU, in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

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    29November 2022

    On 29 November, Giovanni Faleg spoke at a webinar on Japan’s policy towards Africa, organised by the Initiative Globale pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique (IGPSA) and the Timbuktu Institute-African Center for Peace Studies.

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    25November 2022

    On November 25, the EUISS hosted a delegation of the Asia-Oceania Working Party (COASI) for a brainstorming session entitled "China’s 20th Party Congress: A Game Changer?".

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    20September 2022

    Senior Analyst Alice Ekman participated in a conference organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania on the topic of “Cybersecurity risks and mitigations for smart and connected cities”. 

    20September 2022

    On 20 September, Alice Ekman participated in the 2022 edition of the Brussels Korea Forum, organized by the Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance.

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    20June 2022

    This 5th session of the Strategic Dialogue brought together senior officials and experts to discuss the Russian aggression against Ukraine and analyse its implications for the security in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region.