Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft

Towards Closer Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

Lectures and discussion | Online event

With the administration of President Yoon Suk-yeol moving ever closer to embracing the Indo-Pacific as a strategic space, the scope widens for closer collaboration between the European Union and Germany on the one hand and the Republic of Korea on the other. Both the EU and Germany are implementing inclusive strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. South Korea is a very suitable partner for such cooperation given that it is one of the few liberal democracies in the Indo-Pacific and a champion of multilateralism. The Republic of Korea is also home to the world’s tenth-largest economy. South Korean companies manufacture high-tech products, including advanced semiconductors, making them critical partners in the quest for more resilient supply chains.

This GIGA Talk will share findings from a collaborative, Korea Foundation-sponsored research project between the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul "Engaging the Indo-Pacific: German and Korean Perspectives on Regional Cooperation." We will first take stock of the achievements, especially in the economic arena, on which closer collaboration between Seoul, Berlin, and Brussels in the Indo-Pacific and beyond can build. We argue that more can be done in the political and strategic realms, including joint efforts to revive multilateralism and intensifying exchange on regional security issues. South Korea’s central location in the East Asian region, its alliance with the United States, and its rich but ambivalent ties with China make the country a particularly interesting partner for in-depth cooperation on issues of strategic and indeed global importance.


Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (GIGA)

Dr. Johannes Plagemann (GIGA)

Dr. Christian Wirth (GIGA)

Prof. Dr. Yul Sohn (East Asia Institute)

Prof. Dr. Sook Jong Lee (East Asia Institute)

Prof. Dr. Chaesung Chun (East Asia Institute)

Ambassador Dr. Martin Thümmel (Federal Foreign Office, Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig (GIGA)

Please do not forget to register; registration is free of charge. You will receive your personal participation link and further information by email before the start of the online event.

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The event will be held in English.