The EU's Indo-Pacific Strategy: Prospects for Cooperation with South Korea
By Linde Desmaele, Maximilian Ernst, Tongfi Kim, Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Michael Reiterer
Following a first outline published in April 2021, the European Union formally presented its long-awaited Indo-Pacific Strategy in September 2021. As the successful implementation of the strategy depends on constructive cooperation with its partners in the region, this report seeks to understand the potential role of South Korea in this regard. Building upon a comparative analysis of the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and South Korea’s New Southern Policy (Plus), this report identifies four potential areas for increasing cooperation: health, physical connectivity, digital connectivity and maritime security. It concludes with a set of recommendations which will serve the EU to implement its strategy and further consolidate the EU-South Korea partnership through increased cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.