Join us for an in-person panel discussion on the UK government’s ‘Indo-Pacific Tilt’. The panel will review and share their perspectives one year on since the government’s Integrated Review set out the importance of the region. Perspectives will cover: the geo-political, trade and security contexts.
This in-person event will be hosted in partnership with our sister organisations, the British Foreign Policy Group and The D Group. The D Group delivers critical insights and contacts for a membership of senior representatives from leading businesses, partnerships and institutions, with special interest groups around Infrastructure, Space, and National Security. The British Foreign Policy Group is an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to advancing the UK’s global influence, seeking to bridge the link between the domestic and international spheres.
In the Integrated Review, the government set out the importance of the Indo-Pacific region and its goal to build closer and deeper relationships. The IR stated the following:
‘The Indo-Pacific region matters to the UK: it is critical to our economy, our security and our global ambition to support open societies. At least 1.7 million British citizens live across the region and our trading relationships continue to grow. In the decades to come it will be the crucible for many of the most pressing global challenges – from climate and biodiversity to maritime security and geopolitical competition linked to rules and norms.
Our goal: we will be the European partner with the broadest and most integrated presence in the Indo-Pacific – committed for the long term, with closer and deeper partnerships, bilaterally and multilaterally‘. Source: Global Britain in a Competitive Age
In this panel event, we will review the situation one year on.Our panellists will provide their perspective on:
- The geo-political context and strategic significance of the Indo-pacific – is its importance growing or waning, and what risks and opportunities are emerging
- The trading context – is the tilt genuinely opening up opportunities for UK Business and in what areas?
- The Security context – what progress has been made and challenges remain in deepening both tie and physical presence in the region
We will then have a Q&A session for members to probe the panel on their view of any key issues in the region
We will be joined by:
. Sophia Gaston, Director of The British Foreign Policy Group and Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science
. Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House
· Andrew Mitchell CMG, Director General for Exports and UK Trade at the Department for International Trade
. Veerle Nouwens, Senior Research Fellow at the International Security Studies Department of the RUSI