TANAH JAMBU, Thursday 31 January 2019
Dr. Nicolas Regaud, Special Representative to the Indo-Pacific in the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy at the French Ministry of Defence, today delivered a talk on "Presence of France on Asia-Pacific and its contribution to security" to the 9th Command and Staff Course (CSC) at the Defence Academy of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
In his talk, Dr. Regaud explained that Asia-Pacific region is of great importance to France as 80% of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) falls within this area. Therefore, France always strive for promoting and maintaining stability in this region. In doing so, France has deployed considerable amount of manpower, weapon and equipment in Asia-Pacific region besides its continuous diplomatic efforts.
He also highlighted that France has the capability to monitor and assess various security threats and breach of proliferation treaties by regional actors. More so, it has the ability to maintain security of Sea Line of Communication (SLOC) in collaboration with its global and regional partners. At this moment, France is concerned about the outbreak of terrorism, cyber threats and effect of climate change on various countries of Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to assuming the present appointment, Dr. Regaud worked as Deputy Director in Charge of Strategic Export Control and Deputy Director in Charge of International Crises and Conflicts at the General Secretariat of National Defence (SGDN), France. He also served in various institutions relating to strategic and international affairs both home and abroad in his long and illustrious career.