The Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022 changed the dynamics of the world order in many ways. It led nations, particularly in Europe, to respond immediately and commensurately to the demands of Ukraine. After initial speculations about the exact nature of German role in the united continental response, Germany came around to be united in its response with its EU and trans-Atlantic partners. With its heavy dependence on Russia for energy, the war has led to many strategic alterations within its domestic and foreign policy parameters since the invasion. The entire post-war consensus that Berlin had stuck to for the last several decades seems to be undergoing a transformation. Hence, the strategic reorientation of Germany in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis becomes an extremely important issue to explore.
Another pertinent question here is what the war will entail vis-à-vis Germany’s place within the EU given the diversification of funds to defence and security. The impact on Germany’s relationship with the EU members and with the Indo-Pacific countries specifically in light of its vision to advance the common cause of a multilateral and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific also needs to be explored. Additionally, what lies ahead in the India-Germany relations, especially in the light of PM Modi’s recent visit to Germany is another key aspect in the evolving German strategic transformation and its vision in the Indo-Pacific.
The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is pleased to initiate a round of discussion between the German and Indian experts on the implications of Germany’s strategic transformation and assess its potential impact on the nation’s regional and global ties.