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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



This workshop discussed the introduction of technological innovations to respond and adapt to the various environmental and socioeconomic challenges Nepal faces, improving agricultural productivity in the process. It also discussed how European research centres and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) can share their expertise with Nepal in the field of agricultural bio-engineering, and the role of the EU in improving food security in the region.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



EIAS, in cooperation with the University of East Anglia, organised a seminar focusing on war, peace and journalism from an Asian perspective. The importance of media coverage, as a key element that forms public opinion, was presented by journalists and experts from both Asia and the EU. The seminar also took a look at the way present-day conflicts and political crises are covered by the media.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



EIAS, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute of Brussels, invited three Chinese scholars from Beijing Foreign Studies University to hold a conference in Brussels. The focus was three-fold: China's Foreign Direct Investment and the government's approach to reforms in this field, Chinese foreign policy, and the role of Buddhism in China's unifying religious experience.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, Taiwan's priority has been to improve cross-Strait relations in order to reinforce its position in the region. President Ma’s goal is to increase economic opportunities and cooperation both with mainland China and with Taiwan’s primary trading partners. Simultaneously, Taiwan is looking towards participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This interactive panel discussion addressed the issues described above.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Given the increased frequency of environmental disasters and the extent of devastation brought about by these calamities in recent years, ASEM parners have called upon to step up and match the unparalleled effects of these disasters with an exceptional Asia-Europe cooperation to ensure the substantial reduction of losses of lives and assets. Thus, this briefing seminar aimed to take stock of initiatives undertaken by the Philippines to respond to climate change, as well as discussing EU Disaster Risk Management policy and the post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



During his visit to Brussels, H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh's Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed the participants of this EIAS Briefing Seminar on the post-election political situation in his country, new government’s foreign policy priorities, ongoing trials of crimes against humanity and genocide at the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh, and recent developments in the socio-economic sector.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



EIAS welcomed Mr Sartaj Aziz, National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, for a lecture on the role of Pakistan in fostering regional peace, with particular reference to Afghanistan, as well as the state of EU-Pakistan relations.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies