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Forthcoming Events

05/03/2015 - 16:30
Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels
06/03/2015 - 14:30
Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels
10/03/2015 - 14:30
Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels
17/03/2015 - 16:30
Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels

Overview of Recent Events

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This seminar, organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, addressed some of the major issues regarding peace and development in South Asia with the aim of presenting Pakistan’s vision for the pursuit of regional prosperity. The seminar was considered from the perspective of Pakistan, a country facing complex social, political and economic challenges which has a genuine interest not only in ensuring internal political stability and socio-economic progress, but also in deepening regional cooperation, improving cooperation, integration and connectivity with South Asian countries, fighting poverty, illiteracy, diseases, malnourishment and unemployment, eradicating terrorism and building a ‘peaceful neighbourhood’ with contiguous nations.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



After his election win in December 2014 that made his Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito retain their two-thirds majority in the Lower House, Shinzo Abe has restated his party’s goal of reviewing the country’s pacifist constitution to expand the role of Japan’s Self-Defence Forces. Such actions are being carefully watched by other countries in the region, in particular China and South Korea, especially with the added symbolism that the year 2015 carries, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Furthermore, for the growing number of countries that have an increasing interest in Northeast Asian stability, the rise of China and its neighbours’ responses are key factors to understand security in East Asia. This seminar tackled these questions and explained the implications for European nations.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



In the context of unique environmental challenges faced by the Northeast of India, this seminar presented the potentials for EU SMEs in the region, and how their know-how and technological expertise could be of help, particularly in the fields of waster and water management, soil erosion and industrial pollution.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This seminar was held on occasion of the launch of the book "Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia: A Post-US Regional Order in the Making?" (Eds. Atanassova-Cornelis E., van der Putten F.-P., Palgrave, 2014), and examined the impact of the present-day strategic uncertainty in Asia about the future US role on the perceptions and behaviour of the US, China and Asian countries. The seminar also looked at the implications of regional uncertainties for the evolving Asian order, and how this is relevant for the European Union’s approach to East Asian security and for the transatlantic partnership.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Mr Bill Hayton, author of the book "Who Owns the South China Sea? The Struggle for Power in Asia", gave a comprehensive overview of the origins of the numerous territorial disputes in the South China Sea, recalling the sometimes bizarre origins of rival claims, examined the evidence for them and discussed whether they can ever be reconciled.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This annual event provided a unique opportunity to discuss and formulate ideas to fortify EU-Japan relationship by bringing together experts, academics and policymakers from Europe and Japan.

The theme of the 17th conference in 2014 was "Japan and the EU – Avenue to strengthen the economic & strategic partnership". It included sessions on: (1) The emerging new regional order in Asia-Pacific and the role of the EU; (2) briefing on the progress of the EU-Japan FTA/EPA and SPA; (3) population, investment and trade dynamics.

Venue: Fondation Universitaire



Joel Backaler’s book 'China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global' provided a timely opportunity to discuss China’s investment into the EU, as well as to reflect upon such issues as the Bilateral Investment Agreement and the recently announced plans for an FTA between the European Union and China. During the talk Mr Backaler gave an in-depth analysis on China’s investment into the EU, and his observations were be discussed by a panel of experts.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



The conference sought to address three key questions: (i) Europe’s dependence on China’s rare earth supply and potential threats to its supply security, (ii) China’s struggle to keep the balance between its rising domestic demand, environmental problems and adaptations in response to the WTO requirements, and (iii) future alternatives for Europe and potential areas for closer EU-China cooperation on rare earth topics.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



The International Conference on Maritime Security in East Asia provided a platform for scholars and policy makers to exchange views on a topic of mutual interest. The conference identified and examine: (i) The global significance of the maritime domain in East Asia; (ii) Recent developments in the East and South China Seas; (iii) Legal aspects of maritime issues in East Asia; and (iv) Potential areas of cooperation for peace, security and development.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



At the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of fruitful diplomatic relations between Belgium and Nepal and the Commemoration of the start of World War I in 1914, the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, the Embassy of Nepal in Brussels and the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) co-hosted on September 4th, 2014 a successful and well attended conference and reception at the beautiful Egmont Palace in Brussels.

Venue: Palais d'Egmont



Dr Thomas French discussed the parallels and differences between Europe on the eve of World War I and present Northeast Asia. By looking at academic, mass media and political commentary on this issue, and analyzing them in relation to the actual conditions in each era and region, he sought to examine whether any genuine comparison could be drawn between Europe in 1914 and Asia in 2014.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This seminar addressed some of the most significant challenges of environmental justice in South Asia. Nick Meynen introduced the global patterns and latest findings in the field of environmental justice, highlighting the most critical issues facing South Asia today. Environmental lawyer and Goldman Award winner Rizwana Hasan presented her litigation work on shipbreaking in Bangladesh, and Ritwick Dutta, who is leading a successful group of environmental lawyers in New Delhi, spoke about recent mining cases from India. The issue of corporate social accountability in Europe was explored by Jerome Chaplier as means to address environmental injustice. Ingvild Jenssen cotributed to the debate by focusing on the new EU Ship Recycling Regulation as a means to hold the European shipping industry responsible and explain the consequences it entails for South Asia.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This seminar, organised in cooperation with Busan National University, brought together South Korean and European experts to discuss the problems and prospects of South Korea-EU security cooperation. The two main themes discussed were the role of the EU in the Six Party Talks, and problems and issues of regional formation in Northeast Asia.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



The focus of this seminar was on the prospects for alternative energies in Nepal, including solar, wind, biogas and hydropower, the viable mean to increase energy access to the population and reduce the dependency on fossil fuels. The role of EU expertise in helping Nepal and South Asian countries more generally develop their hydropower potential was also discussed.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies