A delegation from Singapore led by Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director, EU Centre in Singapore, participated in the 2011 Asian Workshop on EU Study organized by the European Union Centre in Taiwan (EUTW) from February 22 to 23, held at the Barry Lam Hall, National Taiwan University, Taipei.
Over the course of the two days, graduate students and young researchers, based in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, had the opportunity to present their work and have them discussed by eminent academics and experts in EU affairs. The topics of the future of European integration and of EU-Asia relations provided for enriching and invigorating exchanges among the workshop participants.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee was invited to chair the session on EU-ASEAN relations, and also served as a discussant for two of the presentations. Three other participants in the Singaporean delegation presented the following papers:
Iftikhar A. Lodhi (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS)
‘Why the Asians are not dialing the office of High Representative to talk to Europe? Implications of the Lisbon Treaty for EU-Asia Relations’
Jan Seifert (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS)
‘Change and stability in the EU budget – an Asian perspective’
Loke Hoe Yeong (EU Centre in Singapore)
‘Regional integration and the management of international political conflict: insights from the Cyprus and China-Taiwan conflicts’
The workshop was also an occasion for representatives from the EU Centres in Asia to strengthen their cooperation and commit to a series of regular events to raise interest in EU studies.