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Brussels Think Tank Dialogue 2015 - A New Departure for the EU
28 January 2014 - 10:00-17:00, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155 - 1040 - Brussels


For the fifth year in a row, ten leading European Think Tanks will join forces to host the annual Brussels Think Tank Dialogue (BTTD). 

Join us for a full day of debates with: Guntram Wolff, Director, Bruegel, Fabian Zuleeg, CEO, EPC, Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga, Shada Islam, Friends of Europe, Daniel Gros, Director, CEPS. 

The BTTD 2015 will focus on such topical issues as:

- Revisiting Energy Security

- Towards a single European Labour Market

- Tomorrow’s EU migration policy. 

Jointly organised by the Bertelsmann StiftungBruegel, the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)Confrontations Europe, the Egmont Institute, the European Policy Centre (EPC)Friends of Europe - Les amis de l'Europe, the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), the Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the Brussels Think Tank Dialogues are annual policy forums for critical reflection on the state of the EU and the joint development of analysis and recommendations to improve EU policies. The Dialogues are designed to address pressing political concerns as well as to offer recommendations on specific issues.

The rapid development of China's public diplomacy: what does it mean for Europe?
13 January 2015, 12:00 - 14:00, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, Brussels
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China invests heavily in policies aimed at improving its image, guarding itself against international criticism and advancing its  domestic and international agenda. The Chinese government seeks to  develop a distinct Chinese approach to public diplomacy, one that suits  the country's culture and authoritarian system. In “China's Public Diplomacy”, author Ingrid d'Hooghe argues that this approach is characterised by a long-term vision, a dominant role for the government, an inseparable and complementary domestic dimension, and a high level of interconnectedness with China's overall foreign policy and diplomacy.
Europe encompasses multiple, potentially conflicting, levels of public diplomacy (subnational, national, transnational, and supranational) and the European Union lacks a structured public diplomacy policy. However, a number of recent initiatives aim to reinforce the link  between EU foreign and cultural policies, such as the EC  Communication "European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World"  and the creation of a Member State expert group on culture and  external relations (taking China as a test case).
As China steps up its public diplomacy efforts, what does this mean for Europe? Can Europe learn from China's approach to public diplomacy? Is there a degree of convergence between Chinese and European public diplomacy practices? Can public diplomacy help overcome  stumbling blocks in mutual understanding? How could Europe improve  its public diplomacy towards China (and the rest of the word)?

A lunch-seminar / book launch with:  

- Ingrid d’Hooghe, Senior Research Associate, The Cligendael Institute

Damien Helly, Deputy Head of programme Strengthening European External Action, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

- Jian Xiaoyan, Counsellor Director, Press and Communication Section, Chinese Mission to the EU

- Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit, Culture policy and intercultural dialogue, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

The debate will be moderated by Jan Melissen, Senior Research Fellow, The Clingendael Instituten and Professor of Diplomacy, University of Antwerp. 

Speakers' bios 

The debate will be held in English.

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 11:30 onwards.

To register, please send your name, title and the name of your organisation to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.


This event is held on occasion of the launch of the book “China's Public Diplomacy” (I. d’Hooghe, Brill Nijhoff, 2015).


This event is jointly organised with The Clingendael Institute



Impérialisme judiciaire ou fin de l'impunité financière? L'extraterritorialité au temps de "BNP Paribas vs USA"
5 Decembre 2014, Bruxelles, 13:00 - 14:30

BNP Paribas, première banque française, consent à payer une amende de 8,9 milliards de dollars aux autorités américaines pour violation des embargos contre l'Iran, le Soudan et d'autres pays. La somme record de l'amende fait ressortir des questions sur le thème de l'extraterritorialité, qui est rendu d'autant plus complexe du fait que les autorités des Etats-Unis semblent traiter de façon beaucoup plus sévère les groupes financiers étrangers que les groupes nationaux. Cette application de justice extraterritoriale constitue-t-elle une tentative de finalement mettre fin à l'impunité de la finance globalisée ou doit-t-elle etre considérée plutot comme un "imperialisme judiciaire" visé à relancer une hégémonie en déclin dans le système international? En revanche, l'Europe devrait-elle en tirer une leçon, compte tenu de ses difficultés de s'attaquer à la mauvaise conduite des acteurs financiers et aux abus des paradis fiscaux?    

Une Controverse citoyenne avec Benoit Frydman, Président du Centre Perelman de philosophie du droit de l'ULB, et Daniel Soulez-Larivière, Avocat auprès du cabinet Soulez-Larivière & Associates. 

Le débat sera modéré par Pierre Defraigne, Directeur éxécutif de la Fondation Madariaga-Collège d'Europe.

Le débat se tiendra en Français.

Pour vous inscrire, merci d'envoyer votre nom et le nom de votre organisation à  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ou par fax au: +32 (0) 2 209 62 11.

Pour plus d'information, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter au: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Frais de participation: €10 / Etudiants: €3. Un buffet-sandwiches sera disponible à partir de 12h30.

What East Asian countries can learn from China’s economic policies?
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 was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate was held in English.



Towards a Post-US Regional Security Order in East Asia?
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), examined 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 also looked 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.


16:00-16:30 Registration

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”

Roudtable Discussion

19:00 Reception

This event was jointly organised by the European Institute for Asian Studies, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation and Clingendael Institute.


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