Image License All rights reserved Copyright owner © REUTERS/Feline Lim IPQ 4/2021 In the fifth issue of INTERNATIONALE POLITIK QUARTERLY we're focusing on Europe's engagement with the Indo-Pacific. Editorial Henning Hoff Europe Eyes the Indo-Pacific While the focus of world politics is shifting to the Indo-Pacific, the Europeans are caught underprepared. What Europe Thinks ... Britta Petersen What Asia Thinks … About China’s Rise As it becomes increasingly powerful and assertive, China’s image in Asia has seen a significant decline in recent years. Cover Section Pepijn Bergsen In Search of an Indo-Pacific Role The EU faces the danger of getting caught between the United States and China. Jacob Mardell Global Gateway To answer the challenge of China’s BRI, the EU needs to form a clearer picture of where the BRI is succeeding. Garima Mohan The EU and India: A Key Partnership in the Making Europe increasingly recognizes India’s geopolitical role in the Indo-Pacific. Veerle Nouwens Why Europe’s Enhanced Military Presence in the Indo-Pacific Is an Asset Better coordination is needed if Europeans are to contribute to the region’s security and defense. Bertram Lang Middle-Power Multilateralism Needed The EU and ASEAN are the only forces that can credibly jump to the rescue of multilateralism and rules-based trade. Afghanistan Special Philipp Rotmann Germany’s Afghan Defeat: Unhappy Not-Quite-Warriors The German political class needs to ask itself some tough questions about how it navigated the challenging choices in Afghanistan. Berlin Cable Henning Hoff Germany Cautiously Steps into the Post-Merkel Future Europe's leading economy may have a new government more quickly than many think. Pariscope Joseph de Weck France’s New Laissez-faire Approach to Germany Paris has learned to advance its EU agenda with whatever government emerges in Berlin. Carbon Critical Noah J. Gordon COP26: Goodbye Coal, Hello Oil and Gas A Chinese announcement made clear that coal power is finished. But there’s a way to go before the same can be said of oil and gas. The Wider View Tyson Barker TTC Lift-off: The Euro-Atlantic Tech Alliance Takes Shape The first meeting in Pittsburgh of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council underlined the geopolitical importance of a promising endeavor. Quarterly Concerns Claudia Major Nicolai von Ondarza Afghanistan, AUKUS, and Albion Forget about the UK’s soul searching about Afghanistan—to the EU’s surprise, AUKUS seems to show that Global Britain can deliver.