Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation held the second Track Two Observer Discussion Forum last October 7, 2021, with the topic Europe in Southeast Asia: Maritime Security Aspects. The forum’s discussion focused on European perspectives on the major maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific and Southeast Asia region, with an eye to better understanding the implications of the European Union’s new Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and other security moves from the E3 (the United Kingdom, France, and Germany).

In recent years, a myriad of issues has emerged to destabilize the Indo-Pacific region, with challenges brought about by climate change, resource overextraction, and growing great power competition being among the many flashpoints in the region. Responding to these challenges, France has spearheaded renewed European interest in the Indo-Pacific, itself a resident Indo-Pacific power with overseas territories in both oceans.

Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation kicked off the Track Two Observer Discussion Forum Series last May 21 with a webinar with the theme, “ASEAN and the Myanmar Coup,” focusing on February Coup that occurred in Myanmar that placed the State Administration Council military junta in power and the aftermath of the ASEAN Special Summit on Myanmar convened in Jakarta in April 2021.

Last February 25, Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Philippine Studies of Jinan University, organized a Joint Webinar on The Philippines’ COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy and Diplomacy. The joint webinar sought to discuss the issues surrounding the Philippine Government’s current vaccine procurement and distribution strategy, from the initial processes with the Department of Health, the programs that local government units have implemented for address the pandemic, to the geopolitical context and effects of the Philippines’ COVID strategy.