The Indo-Pacific is one of the most important geopolitical and geo-economic regions in the world, which will continue to gain relevance in the 21st century. The region is the world's fastest-growing economic region and is essential for global trade routes. Developments in the region's security and economic and political relations are of great importance for its stability and influence in the world. China and India are the two rising powers in the region, already becoming key global players today. In addition, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the economic powers of Japan and South Korea become increasingly relevant for the region and at the global political level. The Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, therefore, deals intensively with the numerous facets of geopolitical conflicts and diverging interests in the Indo-Pacific. In this context, the bilateral and multilateral relations between the region’s countries and the European Union as well as its Member States are of particular interest. The AIES is a member of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) and is in close exchange with stakeholders from ASEAN. With our publications and public events, we provide in-depth analysis and advise European decision-makers on the risks and potentials of developments in the Indo-Pacific.

Current AIES activities on the topic. Research also in the database.


Visit by the Bangladesh Armed Forces

19.09.2023 / Exchange with the Bangladesh Defence Services Command and Staff College

Austria-Vietnam relation within global changes

23.07.2023 / President Vo Van Thuong from Vietnam in dialogue with Alfred Gerstl

ASEAN Expert Workshop

11.07.2023 / Indonesian Foreign Policy with focus on ASEAN and the role of the Indo-Pacific

The EU and China

27.04.2023 / AIES as the host of the annual conference of the European Think-tank Network on China

Cybersecurity and Cyberthreats – From Consultation to Action

26.04.2023 / Panel Discussion with AIES Director Michael Zinkanell

Visit of the ambassador Heng Wing Chan from Singapore

15.04.2023 / Internal Expert Workshop

Japan, Europe and the Rule of Law in the Indo-Pacific

31.03.2023 / Expert Workshop in Vienna

Making a splash in the Indo-Pacific

21.03.2023 / A Panel Discussion about Europe's role in the Indo-Pacific

The geopolitical Role of China in the World

07.03.2023 / Dr. Nikolaus Scholik at the Young Leaders Programme of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Robert Schuman Institute

In the media

14.01.2022 / 9DASHLINE
2022: Russia the other Pacific Power
By Velina Tchakarova

19.11.2021 /
Geopolitical Europe: How to navigate in the Indo-Pacific Decade?
By Velina Tchakarova

25.10.2021 /
AUKUS: Resetting European Thinking on Indo-Pacific?
Special Paper with the participation of Velina Tchakarova

02.09.2021 /
Partnership for a Rules-based Order in the Indo-Pacific
Participation of Velina Tchakarova, Bled Strategic Forum 2021

29.07.2021 /
Will China get embroildes in the Graveyard of Empires?
By Velina Tchakarova


 Von der wirtschaftlichen zur militärischen Spitze?

Von der wirtschaftlichen zur militärischen Spitze?

Nikolaus Scholik: China: Von der wirtschaftlichen zur militärischen Spitze? Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS), Juni 2023

The People’s Republic of China: Political perceptions in Central Europe

The People’s Republic of China: Political perceptions in Central Europe

Austrian country chapter by Lucas Erlbacher. The publication of this report was undertaken by the Council on Geostrategy, London.

Beyond the Dumpling Alliance

Beyond the Dumpling Alliance

CEIAS: Tracking Taiwan’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe. Edited by Matej Šimalčík, Alfred Gerstl, Dominika Remžová. AIES Senior Advisor Dr. Alfred Gerstl contributed to the paper as co-editor.

Hedging Strategies in Southeast Asia

Hedging Strategies in Southeast Asia

Alfred Gerstl: Hedging Strategies in Southeast Asia. ASEAN, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam and their Relations with China, ISBN 9781032075167, Routledge, 2022, 162 Pages.


08.08.23 / Episode 18 / Special Series on the EU as a global actor

EU-ASEAN Relations: Potential for Enhanced Cooperation

In this episode, Director Michael Zinkanell is in conversation with Choi Shing Kwok, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, to discuss the current state of EU-ASEAN relations against the background of dramatic changes in the international system - above all the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This episode is the third in a 4-part special series on the EU as a global actor. Other episodes of this series focus on the EU's relations with the China, the US, as well as the African Union.

This special series is conducted in partnership with the Multilateral Dialoge Vienna of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


Rising Power India

11.10.22 / AIES panel discussion in Vienna


US-China Nuclear Relations

12.07.22 / Velina's Talk with David Santoro


Lessons from Sri Lanka

12.07.22 / Velina's Talk with Nitin Gokhale


NATO's New Enemy: China

04.07.22 / Velina Tchakarova in conversation with Surva Gangadharan, StratNewsGlobal


China's Bilateral Relations – Decoding the Idea of Communist China

10.05.22 / Discussion with Velina Tchakarova


Chasing the Monsoon: Life@75

28.04.22 / The Raisina Dialogue 2022 in India with Velina Tchakarova


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