The INPR-IFRI Policy Dialogue Concluded
The INPR-IFRI Policy Dialogue Concluded Dec. 16, 2021
The Institute for National Policy Research, INPR and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, IFRI concluded a virtual dialogue on Dec. 15, 2021. The Dialogue was presided jointly by INPR President Dr. Tien Hong-mao and IFRI Director of Research and Editor-in-Chief of Politique etrangere Dr. Marc Hecker and kicked off with their opening remarks. The two institutes, consequently, assigned two scholars to brief on related topics and proceed with questions and answers. Lastly, INPR Executive Director Dr. Kuo, Yujen and IFRI Director for Asian Studies made conclusions to close the constructive and fruitful dialogue.
Representing the INRP, Dr. Soong, Hseik-wen presided the session briefed separately by Director Ma, Chen-Kun of the Graduate Institute of China Military Affairs Studies, National Defense University on “evolution of the security situation and stability in the Taiwan Strait” and Associate Research Fellow Anne Hsiu-An Hsiao of the Institute of International Relations on “economic and technological dimensions of Taiwan’s security.” As for the IFRI session, it was conducted by Director Nicolas and briefed by Marc Julienne, Head of China Research on “France’s China strategy: a slow shift” and Céline Pajon, Head of Japan Research on”France’s Indo-Pacific strategy and security engagements in the region post-AUKUS”. Both sessions were followed with fervent discussions.
Our relationship dates back to 1997 when the INPR initiated the Asia-Pacific Security Forum. IFRI was one of the invited foreign think-tank partners. In the last quarter of a century, the world’s security and economic attention has gradually shifted from the Trans-Atlantic community to the Asia-Pacific (or Indo-Pacific now) region. Perhaps the most important factor for such a geo-strategic re-direction is the rapid growth of People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) economic and military capabilities. Such developments provide the foundations that have led to the rise of assertive nationalism and foreign expansionism. The PRC is poised to challenge both regional and international order that have been in practice since the WWII ended.
Any conceptualized scheme of security analysis, of course, should not minimize the importance of European Union in global affairs. On the contrary, France as an EU leader has taken steps to engage in dialogue on Indo-Pacific affairs, and has earned proper respect. French initiatives signify that the EU as a whole now attach greater importance to the volatile military and economic security situations in the region. Our dialogue today directs specific attention to two of the most pertinent subject matters in Indo-Pacific region, namely the potentially explosive Taiwan Straits military conflict as well as security implications of the recent formation of Indo-Pacific strategic QUAD that consists of the United States, Japan, India and Australia. AUKUS and accelerating arms race also sharpen the extent of strategic contest.
France and the EU in general may not be able to avoid the impacts derived from emerging great power confrontation in the Indo-Pacific region. Technological advancement and economic interdependence have given rise to the existence of a global village. Like it or not, we are all parts of this interdependent world community. Changes in both Asia and Europe have given rise to complex issues for research institutions like us to explore various aspects of their policy implications. That is precisely why we are here to engage in mutual dialogue today.
Established in 1979, the IFRI is independent from all administrative and financial regulatory authorities and has no affiliation with any political party. It is the oldest and the most influential think tank in France dedicated to areas of politics and diplomacy, national security, economy and environmental protection. IFRI sponsors more than 200 events of seminars, forums and other activities with participation of heads of state and political dignitaries. It issues French foreign policy magazine, 《the Politique e trangere》and annual report on international relations, 《the RAMSES,》with the aims to raise public awareness on contemporary international issues and provide reference for decision-makers of both government and private sectors.