In the name “Af-Pasifik”, the “Af “stands for Africa and the word “Pasifik” is the Bahasa Indonesia term for Pacific region.

The Af-Pasifik region enfolds wider geostrategic region connecting Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean region including, South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia and Pacific Island region.

” Spanning a vast stretch of the globe from the west coast of the United States to the western shores of India, the region is home to the world’s most populous state, most populous democracy, and largest Muslim-majority state, and includes over half of the earth’s population. Among the 10 largest standing armies in the world, 7 reside in the Indo-Pacific; and 6 countries in the region possess nuclear weapons”

(U.S Department of Defence Indo-Pacific Strategy, 2019)

“A perspective of viewing the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, not as contiguous territorial spaces but as a closely integrated and interconnected region, with ASEAN playing a central and strategic role”

(ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific, 2019)

The ten countries of Southeast Asia connect the two great oceans in both the geographical and civilizational sense. Inclusiveness, openness and ASEAN centrality and unity, therefore, lie at the heart of the new Indo-Pacific.

(Narendra Modi, Prime Minister(India), Shangri-La Dialogue, 2018)

The objective of our Think/Do Tank is to develop political, cultural, environmental, economic, and security understanding of the region connecting the Eastern coast of Africa to that of Pacific Ocean region, and become a knowledge partner to the businesses by operating in the region.


The Team

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Debasis Dash is an Asia Analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At present, he is pursuing Master’s research in Indo-Pacific security architecture at the University of Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur. He has an interdisciplinary background with the 1st degree (B.Tech EEE) and 2nd degree (M.A Strategic and Defence Studies) and has worked with defense think tanks and commercial market intelligence firm in its aerospace and defense team. His works and opinions have been featured in South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Radio Free Asia (United States), CLAWS (India), Global-is-Asian (Singapore), RIAC (Russia) and the Strategy Bridge (U.S). His analyses reside at the intersection of strategic trade, strategic technologies, strategic infrastructure development, and strategic culture to evaluate the dynamics of the Indo-Pacific geostrategic region.

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Manishankar Prasad is a hustler cum consultant having deep expertise in environmental-societal-migration (ESM)  risk analysis. He has an interdisciplinary academic background with the 1st degree (B.E. Biotechnology) and 2nd Degree (M.Sc Environmental Engineering) with a coursework on Sociology. He has both operational and academic expertise in sustainable development, urban planning, and migration issues. He has worked in Singapore, Oman, and India for a decade both in the policy and consulting space. His articles and interviews have been featured in Middle Eastern Institute (MEI, Singapore), BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and Forbes, among others.