Conference: “Creating a Eurasian Space: New Connectivity between the EU and Asia”

This two day international conference aims to identify the main political and economic factors as well as structural forces that drive regional, inter-regional and trans-regional cooperation as well as integration within and between Europe and Asia. Ongoing changes and challenges to Europe´s relations with Asia will be in the focus of the conference that takes place at RUB from 8 – 9 April. In five panels academics, policy makers, think tankers and practitioners will address key issues in current EU-Asia relations. The underlying assumption of the conference is that a „Eurasian Space“ is developing in the external relations of the EU with Asia. Since China started to promote its project of the New Silk Road in 2013 the impact of this „Belt and Road Initiative“ is increasingly felt in Europe, Africa and around the world. The conference will tackle the following questions: Given the current state of play, do Euro-Asian affairs hold more potential for convergence or divergence? Do Europeans, and Asians, need to develop a new understanding of EU-Asia relations that transcends the traditional bilateral or multilateral approach by including Eurasian geo-political and geo-economic factors? What are the implications of these new structural developments for Germany, EU foreign policy making and EU-Asia relations? Prof. Dr. Bates Gill, Macquarie University, Sydney and Chatham House, London, will deliver a lecture on the first conference day from 09:45-10:45. Prof. Gill will speak on „The EU and Asia in a Changing Global Environment“ and provide the intellectual stimulus for the following international Jean Monnet Conference. This inaugural lecture is part of the Bochum Jean Monnet Lecture Series.
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Title: Asia, Europe and the Quest for Connectivity: Interests and Strategies in a Changing Global Environment
Venue: Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
Date: 8 – 9 April 2019
Programme: Jean Monnet Conference 2019
Speaker: List of Speaker



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Videos of the conference can be found here.*

Inaugural lecture: Bochum Jean Monnet Lecture Series on EU-Asia Affairs

"The EU and Asia in a Changing Global Environment"

Gill Prof. Bates Gill gives the first lecture of the Jean Monnet lecture series on EU-Asia Affairs discussing "The EU and Asia in a Changing Global Environment".
Dr. Bates Gill is an internationally-respected scholar and policy expert, with a 30-year career as a researcher, author, advisor, and board member, focusing on Chinese and Indo-Pacific politics, foreign policy and security. He has served as Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), as the Freeman Chair in China Studies with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.  Dr. Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests. Dr. Gill's work has resulted in eight books, more than 200 other publications and research-related travel to more than 60 countries.  He is currently Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University (Sydney) and an Associate Fellow with Chatham House (London).

Panel 1: The EU´s Approach to Eurasian Connectivity

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick
Reinhard Bütikofer
Friedolin Strack
Prof. Dr. Françoise Nicolas

Panel 2: Connecting Southeast Asia

Mireia Paulo
Prof. Dr. Jörn Dosch
Dr. Nurul Isnaeni
Dr. Rahul Mishra

Panel 3: Perspectives from the Indo-Pacific

Prof. Dr. Jörn-Carsten Gottwald
Prof. Dr. Ummu Salma Bava
Prof. Dr. Bates Gill
Prof. Dr. Werner Pascha

Panel 4: Re-shaping Eurasia: China´s Belt and Road Initiative

Julia Schwerbrock
Prof. Dr. Su Changhe
Prof. Dr. Dr. Nele Noesselt
Prof. Dr. Marc Lanteigne

Panel 5: Russia and Eurasian Connectivity

Diana Schnelle
Prof. Dr. Neil Collins
Dr. Andrey Krivorotov
Prof. Dr. Oleksandr Pidchosa

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