Prof. Bersick at Maritime and Regional Security forum in Manila
The AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) hosted a forum entitled Maritime and Regional Security in the Asia Pacific: Challenges and Prospects for Cooperation. Prof. Bersick gave a presentation on the economic and political dimension of maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region and highlighted the link between the economic and security aspects of maritime issues. Further information can be found at the homepage of the AIM at

Prof. Bersick at Friends of Europe conference “Asian Paradox”
The Friends of Europe conference The Asian Paradox – Rising wealth, lingering tensions explored the paradox of the Asian region’s growing wealth and its simmering historical disputes, new rivalries, rising nationalism and the risk of an arms race. As featured speakers Prof. Bersick and other experts discussed issues ranging from trade and investment to political order and the development of an Asian security framework to the impact of Cross-Straits relations on regional security and integration. Further information and a podcast of the event is available at

Prof. Bersick at security conference in Brussels
At the conference Security Relations between the European Union and China: From Convergence to Cooperation? organized by the EUSC Project, Prof. Bersick gave a presentation on Cyber Security and EU-China Relations which was one of the non-traditional security issues discussed at the conference. The participants presented the final outcomes of their research projects and had the opportunity to elaborate the evolution of EU-China security relations in a broader context.

Consultation hours (18.11.) of Prof. Bersick cancelled.

Prof. Bersick gives interview in online newspaper „The Local“
The article “Canny China profits from UK-Germany rivalry“, published on 30 October in “The Local”, is available at

Prof. Bersick participates in Security Research Workshop in Shanghai
At the Sino-Nordic Security Research Workshop in Shanghai, organized by the Fudan University and the University of Copenhagen, Prof. Bersick talked about the issue of China´s „new assertiveness“: the role of domestic sources and foreign expectations in China-EU trade disputes. The participants consisted of Chinese and North European experts from the research fields of Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations as well as Politics in East Asia.

Dr. Solmecke participates in Ecological Economics conference in Oldenburg
In Oldenburg Dr. Solmecke participated in a conference on the issue "Wege in die Postwachstumsökonomie", organized by the Association for Ecological Economics. Among the discussed topics were sustainability-related innovations, politics of sufficiency as well as pluralistic approaches in the political economy.

Prof. Bersick participates in Comparative Regionalism conference in Singapore
At the conference „Comparative Regionalism: State of the Art and Future Directions“, Prof. Bersick together with experts from Europe, Asia and the US, discussed issues concerning Asia and Europe, Regional Institutions and Regional Governance as well as Comparative Regionalism. The conference was jointly organized by the National University of Singapore and the Free University of Berlin.

Consultation hours (20.10.) of Prof. Bersick cancelled.

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RUB delegation at the Expo 2015
In the presence of Prof. Bersick, three team members of the department of International Political Economy of East Asia take part in the „Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance“ within the framework of the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy. In the Chinese Pavilion the three student assistants present their project results on the issue of „Food Security Governance and the New Silk Road Initiative“.
Paper of the RUB-Team
Presentation of the Project
Impressions from the YICGG and the Expo 2015

RUB-Delegation auf der Expo 2015

Consultation hours
Tuesday, 04.08.2015, 14-15
Tuesday, 11.08.2015, 14-15
Wednesday, 02.09.2015, 14-15
Tuesday, 08.09.2015, 14-15
Wednesday, 14.10.2015, 14-15

East Asian Studies Slam
Program and impressions from the East Asian Studies Slam (08.06.15) as part of the International Week (8.-12.6.15)

Consultation hour of Prof. Bersick cancelled
Please notice that Prof. Bersick’s consultation hour on July 8 will be cancelled because of the excursion to Wolfsburg.

Task Force „ASEAN als Wachstumsmarkt“ presentations in Wolfsburg, 07.-08.07.15
During an excursion to Wolfsburg, participants of the Task Force “ASEAN als Wachstumsmarkt“ will present their work results about economic and political realities within ASEAN as well as interregional relations with ASEAN to the management board of VW. The Task Force is a joint project of the departments Politics of East Asia and International Political Economy of East Asia.

Task Force Wolfsburg

Guest Lecture of Prof. Sunghoon Park
We are pleased to welcome Prof. Sunghoon Park from the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of the Korea University on Friday, 26th June here at our Ruhr Universität. He will hold a lecture on the topic of “East Asian Regional Architecture and the Role of Korea” in the SSC 2/107 from 10 to 12 am. We thank Prof. Sunghoon Park for his interesting lecture. It was followed with great attention.

Guest Lecture Prof. Park Photo 1
Guest Lecture Prof. Park Photo 2

First international joint seminar on the “New Silk Road” and Sino-European Cooperation, 25.06.15
Prof. Bersick participated in the first International Joint Seminar on the “New Silk Road” where social scientists and economists from China, headed by Guo Yezhou, Vice Minister of the International Department, Central Committee of the CPC, and Europe met at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) to discuss China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative. For further information see:[tt_news]=513&cHash=55ecb6e66e8d1fe3bf2f5f73d1e51f79

Group photo of the 'New Silk Road' seminar

EU-China Security Conference in Brussels
Prof. Bersick participated in a conference on EU-China Security Cooperation in Brussels, organized by the EUSC ( Together with other experts from Asia and Europe, Prof. Bersick presented and discussed findings of a 2-year research project on the security dimensions of the relationship between the EU and China, supported by the Lifelong Learning Project of the European Commission. In a separate meeting at the European External Action Service (EEAS) participants discussed their research findings with EU officials.

East Asian Studies Slam - Young Academics and Guest Researchers Present Their Projects
On monday, den 08.06. young researcher and guest researcher of the Faculty of East Asian Studies will present their research projects in the course of the "Asia-Day"
Time: 12:30am-2:30pm
Place: International Lounge, first floor, Mensa Building