The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit kicks off on Thursday (18 Oct) with the theme: “Global Partners for Global Challenges". Poland and Czech Republic have expressed their opposition to strengthening Europe’s external borders; they fear that enlarging the role of Frontex will reduce state sovereignty. The EU Special Summit on Brexit arranged on 17 October (Wed) in the hope to break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations did not provide any breakthrough.
The October 2018 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. The highlight of this issue features the successfully concluded 2018 Summer Programme in Brussels and Jakarta. This summer programme, the second in a series of three, was one of the key activities organised under the Jean Monnet Network funding. This year, the programme focused on the challenges to multilateralism in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and EU. A total of 27 participants from various Southeast Asian and European universities participated in this year's programme. Click on the image to read more about the events, news, and happenings.
You are cordially invited to a talk on “Singapore-on-Thames: Brexit and the Anglosphere imaginary” by Dr Ben Wellings. The event will be held on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 (10.30am – 12pm) at NTU @ one-north, SR901 (Level 9). Click on the image to read more.
The Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism in Europe and Southeast Asia is a network comprising the EU Centre in Singapore, Universitas Indonesia, University of Malaya and Maastricht University. We intend to publish with an international publisher an edited volume to examine and engage with the recent debates about, and challenges towards, multiculturalism in Europe and Southeast Asia. A particular focus will be on the management of ethnic, religious and cultural diversities in the context of rising identity politics and the polarization of societies aided by social media. In order to discuss draft chapters and prepare a joint publication, contributors to the volume will also be invited to a Workshop to be held in Singapore on 14 and 15 June 2019. If you are interested in contributing to the edited volume and participating in the Workshop, please send the title of the paper and an abstract of 500 words to the convenors by 15 December 2018. Click on the image to read more.
October is set to be a “very Asia-oriented month” in Brussels according to the European Union (EU) High Representative, Federica Mogherini as she revealed the EU Strategy for Connecting Europe and Asia. Brussels will be hosting the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit on 18-19 October, and a series of related events. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre in Singapore wrote of her wish for “An ASEM Open and Fair Trade Area” as 53 European and Asian leaders prepare to travel to Brussels on 18-19 October to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit. The ASEM platform which connects Asia and Europe is becoming ever more important as we confront a unilateral America that is quick to resort to bullying and arm-twisting tactics to get its own way. Click on the image to read more.