Minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges

Event Start Date:
June 27, 2024
Event End Date:
June 27, 2024
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A growing number of Minilateral groupings in the Indo-Pacific indicates a perceptible progression from seeking broad multilateral institutional consensus to forging effective interest-based partnerships among a select few nations. Even as the trend of minilaterlaism continues to grow, what is its role in (re)shaping the regional institutional architecture in the Indo-Pacific? This online discussion will explore the evolving dynamics of minilateralism and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.




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Jagannath P. Panda

Dr. Jagannath Panda is the Head of the Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs (SCSA-IPA). He is also the Executive Editor for ISDP.   In addition to his primary appointment at ISDP, Dr. Panda is a Professor at the Department of Regional and Global Studies at the University of Warsaw. He is also the Director for Europe-Asia Research Cooperation at the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS); and a Senior Fellow at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands. As a senior expert on China, East Asia, and Indo-Pacific affairs, Prof. Panda’s current research focuses on India’s relations with major Indo-Pacific powers (China, Japan, South Korea, the EU), China-India Relations, China and NATO, and the EU in Indo-Pacific.

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Dr Premesha Saha

Premesha Saha is a Fellow with ORF’s Strategic Studies Programme. She is also a visiting Research Fellow, Japan Forum on International Relations and has been awarded the Japan Foundation Indo-Pacific Partnership Research Fellowship to work on a research project on ‘Ensuring a Stable Maritime Order in the Indo-Pacific.’ Her research focuses on Southeast Asia, East Asia, Oceania and the emerging dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region. Premesha’s other research interests include: Indonesia’s maritime strategy, India and Southeast Asia, India’s Act East Policy, Asia-Pacific multilateralism. Previously she has been an Associate Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation; Indo-Pacific Security Studies (FIPPS) Fellow sponsored by the US State Department at Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies (DKI APCSS), Honululu, Hawaii; Visiting Fellow at Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta; Visiting Fellow at Lemabaga Ilmu Pengetahuan (LIPI) Jakarta; and Darmasiswa Scholar sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture at Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta.

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Prof. kei Koga

Kei Koga is Associate Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Concurrently, he is a Nonresident Fellow at The National Bureau of Asia Research (NBR), the United States, and a member of RIPS Research Committee, the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Japan. His research focuses on International Security, International/Regional Institutions (particularly ASEAN), and East Asian/Indo-Pacific security. Previously, he was Japan Scholar at the Wilson Center in 2022; visiting fellow at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2017; a Japan-U.S. Partnership Fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo, in 2012-2014; Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Program, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, in 2012-2013; a Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in 2009–2010; and RSIS-MacArthur visiting associate fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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Dr Shreya Upadhyay

Dr. Shreya Upadhyay is the Deputy Director at the Kalinga Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies. She has formerly worked as an Assistant Professor at Christ University and a Researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Her research focuses on food and water security, climate change-induced human displacement, India’s foreign policy, and South Asian geopolitics. She holds a PhD in US Area Studies from the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.