|Summer Programme 2018 – Brussels and Jakarta
The European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore, together with its partner universities – the University of Malaya, Universitas Indonesia and Maastricht University – successfully organised the 2018 Summer Programme. This summer programme, the 2nd in a series of three, was the product of a three-year European Union Jean Monet Network Grant that funds a networking programme entitled “Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism in Asia and Europe”. This year’s programme took place in two continents over two weeks (in Brussels from 15 – 20 July; Jakarta from 22 – 28 July) and focused on the challenges to multilateralism in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and EU. A diverse group of 27 students hailing from 16 countries participated in this year’s programme.
The EU Centre will be organising two events in November – a talk on “Singapore-on-Thames: Brexit and the Anglosphere imaginary” by Dr Ben Wellings from Monash University on 13 November 2018, followed by a talk on “The Internationalisation of the Euro” by Dr Gunter Dufey on 21 November 2018.
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|Connecting Europe and Asia – Re-invigorating ASEM for Connectivity
By Dr Yeo Lay Hwee
EU Centre in Singapore
The “Migrant” Question – Why has “multiculturalism” failed in Germany?
By Jasmine Khin
EU Centre in Singapore
“Reverse Migration” – Facing hostility, neglect and exclusion, Syrian refugees “repatriate” themselves home
By Shanisse Goh
Research Intern, EU Centre in Singapore
European Union’s Global Actorness amidst Heightened Great Power Geo-economics Competition
By By Xianbai Ji (Associate Fellow, EU Centre in Singapore)
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee (Director, EU Centre in Singapore)
|EU-Japan: A Partnership of Renewed Importance|
By Cristina de Esperanza Picardo
This background brief explores the prospect of a stronger European Union’s (EU) economic and political leverage in the Asia Pacific region through the analysis of EU-Japan relations. The paper delves into the main drivers and implications of the two bilateral treaties recently concluded between the EU and Japan, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The political environment that surrounded the agreements is deeply marked by crisis and uncertainty. However, this paper develops the view that increased bilateral cooperation between the EU and Japan offers opportunities for the EU to boost its presence in Asia as well as increases both parties’ ability to face new challenges and adapt to a fast-changing international system.
|Panel Discussion and Book Launch on “EU Security Strategies”|
on 1 August 2018
On 1 Aug 2018, the European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) co-organised a panel discussion and book launch on “EU Security Strategies”. Dr. Spyros Economides explained the key arguments in his new book, before he was joined by Dr. Yeo Lay Hwee, Dr. Reuben Wong and H.E. Ms. Barbara Plinkert in a discussion moderated by Professor Ralf Emmers.
|Panel Discussion on “Trade in a Multipolar World”|
on 23 August 2018
On 23 Aug 2018, the European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore, National University of Singapore and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle co-organised a panel discussion on “Trade in a Multipolar World”. The panel comprised Dr. Razeen Sally from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Dr. Henry Gao from the Singapore Management University, Dr. Louise Dalingwater and Dr. Jean-Baptiste Velut from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. The discussion was moderated by Head of Department of Political Science, NUS, Dr. Kim Soo Yeon.
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