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The Indo-Pacific region refers to the countries and tropical waters in between Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. It is made up of important global maritime trade routes, rich marine biodiversity, and blue economy potentials. Historically, the interconnection, exchanges, and acculturation between the peoples and polities in this region have taken place for centuries. In the recent decade, the region has gained new significance as the major actors in this region have defined their strategic interests and actions within the context of Indo-Pacific. China establishes the maritime leg of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which requires the interconnection between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It claims de facto control of South China Sea, which is part of Central Indo Pacific, to secure and assert influence over the Malacca Strait on to the Indian Ocean and then reaching out to the Middle East and ultimately Europe.
Meanwhile, the US, being aware of the necessity to have a projection of naval power in the Pacific Ocean as well as the Indian Ocean, tries to reassert its strategic interests of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea through which trillions of US dollar of international trade makes it passage through it. Asia’s powers such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and India share the same interests as the US. ASEAN countries including Indonesia attempt to offer a neutral way through the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. However, the increasing hostility in South China Sea continues creating tensions in Indo Pacific at large.
In response to this contemporary geopolitical challenge, the Master of International Relations Study Program, which is part of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) initiates the 1st UPH International Relations Conference (UPH-IR Conference) with the theme “Indo-Pacific: Outlooks, Opportunities, and Challenges.” The conference is a milestone in the 2020-2021 research agenda on Indo-Pacific conducted by the Master of International Relations Program. The conference will be held virtually on December 4-5, 2020. All participants will receive conference pass to access all online panels and other conference events, customized virtual background, and conference certificate.
Extended abstract of 250-1,000 words and keywords (up to 5 keywords) should be submitted in English to email@example.com or https://tinyurl.com/UPHIRconference2020. The abstract concisely explains the background, the problem in question or the research question, the objectives of the presentation and the major findings or key analysis. All abstracts are due by November 10, 2020, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by November 15, 2020. If selected, each presenter must prepare a PowerPoint Presentation and is allotted 15 minutes to present his/her analysis.
Following the conference, all speakers will be invited to submit their full paper for further review. The revised paper can be submitted between December 4, 2020 and January 30, 2021 or earlier and must follow the manuscript preparation guidelines. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the conference proceeding or reputable international scholarly journals.
Dr. Amelia J. Liwe
Chair, Conference Steering Committee
Department Chair, Master of International Relations Study Program
Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH)