Power shift? The EU's pivot to Asia

Brussels, Belgium

21 May 2014

The Centre and UACES are pleased to invite you to a panel debate on the EU's policy pivot to Asia.

Wednesday 21 May, 12:30-14:00. Registration and sandwich lunch from 12:00.

Over the last two decades, the world has witnessed the economic resurgence of Asia and the region is now a top-priority in all global players' agenda. In 2012, the US made official their strategic pivot to Asia Pacific and decided to strengthen their trade relationships and their diplomatic presence.

Professor Reuben Wong from the National University of Singapore argues that the European Union has held and pursued interests distinct from those of the US with regards to the major actors in Asia. The EU should not be duty-bound to ensure its Asia policies must always be coordinated with, and complementary to, those of the United States, he debates.

To what extent is the EU able to carry on an Asia policy independently from the US? Does the EU have the political and economic means to engage with Asia? How could the EU improve its approach and bolster its position in the region?

Keynote presentation by Professor Reuben Wong, Jean Monnet Professor in European Integration and Foreign Policy Director of Studies, National University of Singapore, followed by a panel discussion.


  • Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre
  • Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)
  • Michael Reiterer, Senior Advisor, Asia and Pacific Department,European External Action Service (EEAS)

Moderation by Jill Craig, Deputy General Manager, Edelman Brussels.

This event is part of the UACES Arena, which is organised by UACES and Edelman-The Centre in cooperation with the University of Kent at Brussels. UACES Arena invites leading scholars to challenge conventional wisdom in the policy-making world and to present new ideas for a changing Europe.

This seminar was funded with the support of the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Union.

To register, please click here.

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