1 December 2014, 12:30 - 14:00, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation
In his recent book “How Asia Works”, Joe Studwell analyses the development patterns of nine economies in East Asia. He notes that until nations have achieved a certain technological self-sufficiency, they cannot possibly succeed with a neo-classical economic model. Moving away from the 10-step Washington consensus, Studwell proposes a three-step recipe for success, which he calls “the economics of learning”: land reform to maximise high-yield household farming, focus on export-orientated manufacturing to produce globally competitive goods, and strict capital control or financial repression. As these steps echo policies implemented by China over the last few decades, we can ask ourselves if a new development paradigm is emerging. How have development ideas and models spread back and forth from certain Asian countries to others? Is there a “Chinese lesson” for East Asian countries? Which kind of political leadership does this development model require? How are good governance and democratic governance articulated in this framework?
A lunch-debate with:
- Joe Studwell, journalist, public speaker and author of “How Asia Works”
- Jean-Christophe Defraigne, professor in Economics at FUSL (Brussels) and visiting Professor at the Louvain School of Management and at Zhejiang Da Xue in China
The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.
The debate will be held in English.
Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:00 onwards.
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27 November 2014, EIAS, Rue de la Loi 67, B-1040 Brussels, 16:30 - 19:00
There is a significant uncertainty about the US security commitment to East Asia over the next 15–20 years, underpinned by China’s economic and military rise. This uncertainty affects the present-day strategic perceptions and behaviour of East Asian countries, and of the US itself. Under its ‘rebalance to Asia’ policy, the Obama administration has undertaken various measures to assure its partners in Asia that the US has both the intention and capacity to remain engaged in the region. However, doubts about the sustainability of Washington’s security commitments do remain in East Asia.
This strategic uncertainty and the responses it triggers by regional players are shaping Asia’s evolving security order. What do these changing regional dynamics in Asia mean for Europe? The European Union strives to strengthen its involvement in East Asian security, not least by seeking a membership in several regional fora that have been established in recent years. Doubts about Washington’s future security role in East Asia may well influence the possibilities that are open to Brussels for achieving its objectives. Moreover, how the US responds to strategic uncertainty is likely to affect the transatlantic relations, as well as a possible US-EU cooperation on Asian security.
This seminar, held on occasion of the launch of the book Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia: A Post-US Regional Order in the Making? (Eds. Atanassova-Cornelis E., van der Putten F.-P., Palgrave, 2014),will examine the impact of the present-day strategic uncertainty in Asia about the future US role on the perceptions and behaviour of the US, China and Asian countries. The seminar will also look at the implications of regional uncertainties for the evolving Asian order, and how this is relevant for the European Union’s approach to East Asian security and for the transatlantic partnership.
16:30-17:45 Session 1: Strategic Uncertainty and the Asian Security Order
Chair: Mr David Fouquet, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)
Dr Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, University of Antwerp and Université Catholique de Louvain; and Dr Frans-Paul van der Putten, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael: “A Post-US Regional Security Order in the Making?”
Prof Shi Yinhong, Renmin University of China, Beijing: “US-China Relations and the strategic uncertainty in East Asia”
Prof Nick Bisley, La Trobe University, Australia: “The Uncertain Future of Asia’s Security Order”
17:45-19:00 Session 2: The EU’s Role in Asia’s Evolving Regional Order
Chair: Dr Jing Men, InBev-Baillet Latour Professor of European Union - China Relations, College of Europe
Michael Reiterer, Senior Advisor, Asia and Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS): “The EU’s Security Policies in East Asia”
Theresa Fallon, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS): “Europe’s Responses to Strategic Uncertainty in East Asia and Transatlantic Relations”
In order to register for this event, please RSVP online by Wednesday, 26 November.
This event is jointly organised by the European Institute for Asian Studies, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation and Clingendael Institute.
26 November 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30
With a greater number of casualties than the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns combined, and very meagre results, the US is starting to reconsider the "War on Drugs", waged since the '70s. The paradox of the "repressive-only" approach - the tougher the government acts, the more profitable the drug trade becomes - is being increasingly exposed by the media, opinion leaders, and politicians. Does Europe have an approach, and is it any more effective than the American one? Should European policies on the matter be more coordinated in tackling the societal challenges which are the causes and consequences of drug use? What is the record of countries that have adopted a decriminalisation approach? Is the "War on Drugs" part of the US' global responsibility, and is it also likely to change as a result of power shift and American global disengagement?
A Citizen’s Controversy with Dana Spinant, Head of Unit for Anti-Drugs Policies at the European Commission, and Martin Jelsma, Coordinator of the Drugs and Democracy Programme of the Transnational Institute (TNI).
The debate was moderated by Marco Giuli, Research Fellow, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.
The debate was held in English.
A report is under preparation
20 November 2014, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, Brussels, 09:00 - 18:00
China is expected to account for about 20 percent of global luxury sales in 2015, and in less than a decade, more than three-fourths of China’s urban households will approach middle-class status on a purchasing-power-parity basis. Over the last three decades of economic reforms and opening, collectivism and egalitarianism have slowly given way to a stress on individuals both at ideological and broader social levels. The dynamics of the relationship between the state and markets have been shaping specific patterns of desires and consumption in post-Mao China. The Chinese way of life is changing rapidly but significant economic and demographic differences across China persist.
Consumer empowerment and activism are on the rise, e-commerce and social media platforms play an increasingly crucial role, while president Xi Jinping has launched “luxury and anti-extravagance” campaigns as part of the fight against corruption. Many of the following trends are typical of rapidly industrialising countries: rising incomes, urban living, better education, postponed life stages, and greater mobility. However, other factors, such as the one child policy and marked economic imbalances between regions, make China a case for itself.
How are class and social stratification related to consumption practices and patterns? Which are the economic, societal, and demographic changes that are shaping Chinese consumer profiles and spending habits?
It is indeed key that European companies, and all actors concerned, understand the challenges ahead, in order to be able to seize the opportunities offered by China’s demographic and socio-economic transition.
The workshop program presented a mix of plenary and interactive sessions with experts from different backgrounds (academic, industry) who shared their views and knowledge on the evolution of consumption practices in China. The workshop offered a comprehensive sociological and market oriented analysis of recent and future developments of Chinese consumers habits.
This workshop has been organised by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, the Confucius Institute at the University of Liège, Interface Entreprises-Université de Liège and Awex.
The event was held in English.