Two-Day EU Conference: The rising importance of EU-Asia relations

Event information
Venue:FIU-MMC-MARC Building - MARC 290


Feb. 11-12, 2019
The rising importance of EU-Asia relations

This conference, open to the public, will bring together leading experts on the EU and Asia to discuss different aspects of the EU's relations with Asia—the historical connections, economic development, political considerations, and diplomacy. Such an examination is timely, given that Asia has gained rising importance on the world stage, while the EU is facing mounting internal and external challenges. We center our workshop on the historical-cultural relations, and economic and political cooperation with nations in Central, South, Southeast and East Asia. The latter is particularly important due to the recently signed EU-Japan FTA, the existing EU-South Korea FTA, the important role China played in the aftermath of the 2008 Global Recession and 2010 Eurozone Crisis, and the emergence of China as a global leader amid the retreat of the U.S. on some key issues. This conference will enable us to analyze the EU’s Asia policies, and the opportunities and challenges it entails, especially amid the shift of global order toward a more multipolar world.

Monday, Feb 11

  • 5-6.30 pm keynote by Michal Safianik, Counselor at the Political, Security and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington DC
  • 6.30-8pm: reception (by invitation only)

Tuesday, Feb 12

  • 9-10.30am: The long arc of European-Asian relations
  • 10.45am-12.15pm: EU-Asian economic and political relations
  • LUNCH (by invitation only)
  • 2-2:30pm: The Romanian-EU Presidency and its perspectives on Asia
  • 2:30-4:00pm: EU-Asia relations in a global context
  • Concluding reception (invitation only)


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This event is free and open to the public and all FIU Students

► To register to the conference and to the panel(s) you would like to attend on Feb.11 and 12, click here