The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi, in collaboration with Monash University, Australia, with the support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia, organised a two-day conference in Kochi, Kerala on April 21-22, 2022. The theme of the conference was “AIIPOIP (Australia India Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative Partnership) Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative : Strengthening International Cooperation.” The AIIPOIP aligns with other bilateral arrangements, including Australia-India Maritime and 2+2 Dialogues, and with Australia’s cooperation with ASEAN under its Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. Keeping in line with the spirit of AIIPOIP, the two day conference was aimed to help shape maritime cooperation in the IndoPacific region and support an open, inclusive, resilient, prosperous, and rules-based maritime order.
In pursuit of this goal, the two day conference opened up the platform for discussion with not only Indian and Australian experts, it also included ASEAN representatives and scholars. The conference aimed to further the scholarship in the Indo-Pacific region, along with deliberating on the important issues and challenges that concern the region.