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EU Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka 2019

EU Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka 2019

04/11/2019 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

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EIAS Hosts Training for Visiting Delegation of Pakistani Senior Officials

EIAS Hosts Training for Visiting Delegation of Pakistani Senior Officials

31/10/2019 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

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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

31/10/2019 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

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

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

24/10/2019 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,

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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

17/10/2019 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

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Uzbekistan Participates in its First Turkic Council Summit as Full Member

Uzbekistan Participates in its First Turkic Council Summit as Full Member

17/10/2019 On 14 September Uzbekistan formally ratified the Nakhchivan Agreement and applied to become a full member of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States or Turkic Council. Exactly one month later on 14 and 15 October Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended the 7th Summit of the Turkic Council in Baku. This summit marks the

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The Brexit “Kindergarten” – An Asian Opportunity?

The Brexit “Kindergarten” – An Asian Opportunity?

All this fuss is just bluster by Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. His efforts for achieving Brexit are merely a charade, masking deeper agendas. He claims that he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than ask for a Brexit delay and promises that he will take the UK out of the European Union

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2020 Taiwanese election: out with the old in with the new?

2020 Taiwanese election: out with the old in with the new?

Published on 9 September 2019 On 11 January 2020 Taiwan will hold its seventh Presidential election. The election is surrounded by a changing political landscape, while the two traditional parties are still dominated by the pro-unification versus pro-independence debate. Current President Tsai Ing-Wen, a pro-Washington candidate, has won the nomination for the Democratic Progressive Party

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