The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit took place on 16-17 October in Milan, where the leaders of Asia and Europe held discussions under the theme of “Responsible Partnership for Growth and Security”.
On 10 October, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever recipient of the award, for tirelessly promotion the rights of girls to education, and 60-year old Kailash Satyarthi, who has long worked against the exploitation of children and forced labour.
The decision of Indonesia's outgoing President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to invite civil society organisations (CSO) to join the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) for the first time this year has attracted significant attention.
During the closing ceremony of the Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea last Saturday, powerful North Korean representatives unexpectedly turned up to meet with their South Korean counterparts. This surprising get together has fuelled hopes of a breakthrough in the Korean peninsula.
Last Monday, after ten months, the Mars Orbiter Mission, more commonly known as Mangalyaan, meaning Mars- craft in Hindi, entered the Red Planet orbit on its first attempt making India the first Asian nation to follow the United States, Russia and Europe in conducting a successful Mars expedition.
Ms Lin Goethals, EIAS Director for Asia and Visiting Fellow at the European Union Centre in Taiwan; and Mr Richard Turcsanyi, EIAS Associate and PhD Candidate at the Institute of Asia Studies in Slovakia; presented their research at the National Central Library of Taiwan as part of their participation in the Taiwan Fellowship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Proposed paper topics include knowledge economy and development, intellectual property rights, environment and energy, security intelligence and information sharing, research and higher education cooperation and the circulation of people.
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