Canada and the Indo-Pacific Initiative

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Event Details Time: 9 am – 10:30 am EST Date: December 11, 2020

Canada ignores the Indo-Pacific region at our peril. To succeed in the coming decade, we must think differently about our ambition in the region.

he Macdonald-Laurier Institute is seeking to significantly expand its capacity to change our national discussion about how Canada can best approach the opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific. Rather than marginalize risk in the region, the emergence of COVID-19 has magnified the need for a clear and consistent Canadian approach to the region.

Of particular concern is the need for Canada to develop a robust role in the Indo-Pacific, as a critical means to promote and maintain a rules-based global order. Stronger collaboration with key partners such as the US, Japan, India, Australia – in addition to states in ASEAN and likeminded partners in Europe –  will serve to enhance our ability to safeguard a free and open Indo-Pacific region and ensure that no one country can impose its will in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

No one has yet laid out a strategy that could transform Canada’s role in the Pacific and Indian Ocean Rim region from a fair-weather trading partner to a regional power engaged on a number of fronts, from economic and trade to security and defence. As MLI has done on numerous issues ranging from Indigenous affairs to criminal justice reform to innovation policy, our ambition is to become the indispensable voice on how best to respond to the economic, strategic and diplomatic pressures of the Indo-Pacific. Given the growing strategic competition between Beijing and Washington, and continuing uncertainty surrounding US leadership, Canadians want answers about how their government should respond.

This project will bring together the top minds in Canada and the world in a long-term undertaking to develop a clear-eyed view of Canadian priorities, set a course for our country to embrace its role in the Indo-Pacific, with the goal of establishing a more durable global order in the Indo-Pacific.

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Event Details Time: 9 am – 10:30 am EST Date: December 11, 2020

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