Ep. 16 Ramon Pacheco Pardo: NATO’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and the Implication of the New Strategic Concept
Ramon Pacheco Pardo | 2022-08-10
In this interview, Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Professor of International Relations at King’s College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, provides insight into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) new Strategic Concept that defined China as a “systemic challenge.” Pacheco Pardo highlights three reasons for China’s entry into European policy discussion over the last five years: future conflict risks due to China’s rapid rise, increased push from the U.S. for NATO to handle China, and China’s failure to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Looking forward, Dr. Pacheco Pardo predicts that, despite hoping to maintain a relationship with China, Europe’s longstanding ties and ideological similarity with the U.S. would cause it to side with the U.S. in the event of a U.S.-China confrontation.