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ASEAN: The Player to Reckon with in Asia

ASEAN: The Player to Reckon with in Asia

Photo Credits: ISPI Published by ISPI on November 12. In a world where great power rivalry is seemingly overtaking the multilateral world order, a regional organisation with lofty ideals such as “One vision, one identity, one community”, seems anachronistic. However, looking at the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, it looks like Southeast Asia is feeling

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Note of Comment on the 2019 Parliamentary Elections in Uzbekistan

Note of Comment on the 2019 Parliamentary Elections in Uzbekistan

  The Republic of Uzbekistan is due to hold parliamentary elections on 22 December 2019, the first to be held under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The international community will be watching proceedings closely through the usual network of international observers and organisations. The main objectives of the observation will be to determine the current strength and

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EU Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka 2019

EU Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka 2019

The 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election will be the eighth Presidential election. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), a socially right-wing and economically left-wing party rooted in Sinhalese nationalism and social democracy, will run against the main opposition leader Sajith Premadasa from the centre-right United National Party (UNP). Both candidates are frontrunners

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EIAS Hosts Training for Visiting Delegation of Pakistani Senior Officials on Environment, R&D and Cohesion Policies from the Perspective of Multilevel Governance

EIAS Hosts Training for Visiting Delegation of Pakistani Senior Officials on Environment, R&D and Cohesion Policies from the Perspective of Multilevel Governance

On 29 October 2019, EIAS welcomed a delegation of Pakistani senior officials as part of the Pakistani senior civil servants’ National Management Course (NMC). EIAS Advisory Board Member Dr Amb (rtd) Alexander Spachis gave a presentation on the EU’s current approach toward security and defence challenges. In his speech, Dr Spachis emphasised the importance of

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The PRC’s 70th Anniversary. A Showcase Of China’s Hard and Soft Power

The PRC’s 70th Anniversary. A Showcase Of China’s Hard and Soft Power

1 October 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The event was accompanied by lustrous celebrations in Beijing, including evening galas, fireworks over Tiananmen Square, aircraft formation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army flying over Beijing and an imposing civilian and military parade. In fact, it was

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EIAS Hosts Training for Visiting Delegation of ASEAN Diplomats on Regional Integration

EIAS Hosts Training for Visiting Delegation of ASEAN Diplomats on Regional Integration

On 18 October 2019, EIAS welcomed a delegation of ASEAN diplomats as part of the Clingendael Institute’s ASEAN Diplomat Training Programme. EIAS Senior Associate Mr Xavier Nuttin gave a presentation on “Comparative European Perspectives on ASEAN Regional Integration”. Considering that regional integration generally suffers from a democratic deficit, Mr Nuttin highlighted the many differences, both

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The EU’s Cyber-Sovereignty Today: Junhua Zhang’s Intervention At The EU-China Digital Connectivity Conference

The EU’s Cyber-Sovereignty Today: Junhua Zhang’s Intervention At The EU-China Digital Connectivity Conference

On 11 October 2019, the Conference entitled “The EU-China Digital Connectivity: Opportunities and Challenges” was held at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. The event was organised by the College of Europe and gathered several international academics, professionals and policymakers to discuss the future developments of EU-China digital collaboration, including related security matters.

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