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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.






  • 11June 2024

    In the wake of the European parliamentary elections, the conference discussed the strategic options and choices facing the EU.

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    18April 2024

    A webinar exploring the critical yet often overlooked normative dimension of EU-India relations, highlighting how the EU and India's worldviews significantly impact their cooperation. 

  • 14March 2024

    Gathering European and Indian experts, the seminar delved into key dimensions of EU-India cooperation.

  • 08January 2024

    2023 marked another successful year for the Institute's research. Here we look back at our most popular publications from last year on wide-ranging topics including European defence partnerships, EU strategy towards the Maghreb, and a maps-only volume on the future of AU-EU relations. 

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    18October 2023

    On 18 October, the EUISS together with the EEAS and the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised a roundtable discussion entitled the "EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Where to and how?”.

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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.