The EU and the Indo-Pacific: A Conversation with Gunnar Wiegand

Tuesday 20 April 2021, 11:00 to 12:00

Is Europe serious about the Indo-Pacific? After the recent adoption of Indo-Pacific strategies in France, Germany and the Netherlands, the European Union is now set to adopt its own concept for a region that has become increasingly important for Europe’s prosperity and security.  The Indo-Pacific is the second-largest destination of EU exports. It is also the epicentre of Sino-American competition, and thus central to the future of the multilateral order. Last but not least, the region is home to some of the EU’s most dynamic economic and strategic partners. What are the EU’s strategic objectives and priorities in the Indo-pacific? How does the EU’s emerging Indo-Pacific strategy relate to the increasingly complicated EU-China relationship? And how will the EU coordinate its Indo-Pacific strategy with other partners that have recently revised their approaches to the region, including the US and the UK?

To discuss these and other questions, join CSDS for a conversation with Gunnar Wiegand, EEAS Managing Director.

The webinar was held online, please find the recording below:


  • Welcoming remarks by Luis Simon, Director, CSDS, Brussels School of Governance; Director of the Brussels Office and Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute
  • Keynote presentation by Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Q&A and Moderation by Giulia Tercovich, Assistant Director, CSDS, Brussels School of Governance