„Maritime Challenges in the Asia Pacific: Moving Towards Political, Environmental, and Functional Cooperation“

The Department of International Political Economy of East Asia co-organizes international conference on maritime security in East Asia, in Manila, the Philippines

Over 200 Philippine and foreign representatives from the academia, diplomacy, business, politics and media participated in the conference on the 18th November. In three panels, the current developments in the South China Sea were analyzed and discussed from legal, ecological, geo-political as well as geo-economic perspectives (Link). Prof. Bersick held a presentation on “Practical Cooperation in Disputed Waters” (PPT.)
Since 2015, the annual conference series, deals with questions regarding the interplay of economics and security issues in maritime East Asia. The conference series addresses questions of national and regional governance. This year´s conference was hosted in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness as well as the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines.

In the course of the conference, Prof. Bersick´s article "Maritime Security in Southeast Asia and its Impact on Regional Integration" was published in a publication of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation with the title "A Quest for Regional Solutions - Challenges and Prospects for Conflicts in the South China Sea" (PDF).
Additional information as well as photos of the conference can be accessed here.

Manila Conference
Manila Conference
Manila Conference