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Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This briefing seminar discussed the role of European stakeholders in addressing food insecurity for the most food insecure Asian countries, with a view to outline the roles of state and non-state actors and international organizations and the importance of improving coordination. With this seminar, the European Institute for Asian Studies, aimed at setting up a platform for dialogue between private and institutional stakeholders, and at creating momentum for most efficient policies in Asia. Organised in coordination with the FAO liaison office in Brussels, this briefing seminar was the first of a series of events that will look at selected issues relating to food security, food safety and nutrition in Asia.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



EIAS was pleased to host a group of senior professors from Japan to discuss (i) New Problems and Prospects for East Asian Regional Integration, (ii) Towards East Asian Common Agricultural Policies and (iii) The Promise and Pitfalls of Abenomics

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This seminar aimed at discussing two key propositions to improve maritime connectivity in Asia: China's Maritime Silk Road to complement its 21st Century Silk Road Economic Belt project, on the one hand; and Indonesian President Jokowi' plans to make Indonesia a maritime axis between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. Hence, both countries are making big plans for upgrading the maritime infrastructure and connectivity between (South)East Asia and the West, including Africa and Europe.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This briefing seminar provided a comprehensive overview on the EU’s contribution as a partner for peace to the Mindanao Peace Process. Subject-matter experts - from academia, EU institutions and the Philippine Embassy - on the challenges and opportunities of EU engagement with a country 10,000 km away, shared their unique insights. Importantly, this seminar provided a forum for discussion on the future role of the EU in Mindanao after the implementation of the Bangsamoro agreement and its regional significance.

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