14, 15, 17 & 18 September 2020 • 4pm-6pm (Malaysia Time) / 9am-11am (Irish Standard Time) • Theme: Multiculturalism in Asia and Europe: Issues and Challenges • Registration is now open.
This event has new dates 4 sessions in November (10, 12, 17 & 24th) | 4 Speakers, Zoom platform | Experts on inter-cultural management and communication will deliver lectures and facilitate discussions in the webinar. Seats are limited.
by Anthony Milner and Astanah Abdul Aziz
US-China, US-China – the commentary goes on and on. Who will be dominant? Must rising powers always go to war with established powers? Can the US assemble an Indo-Pacific alliance to balance China? Might the US agree to share primacy? These are urgent questions – but some recent Asian perspectives suggest a growing impatience with what a Japanese analyst calls these “bilateral dynamics”.
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Asia-Europe Institute are proud to once again hosts Dr. Paul Gillespie who is an expert instructor in field of comparative regionalism from University College Dublin for the third year in a row to share his perspective on comparative regionalism. The online workshop is part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant awarded by the Erasmus+ Programme in 2017 to the Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya.
by Rahul Mishra
Increased aggression from Beijing has sparked more robust responses from Washington and the regional claimant states.
Live Webinar • 2 Sept 2020 (Wednesday) • 11:00 am MYT (UTC+08) • Zoom platform | This webinar, jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), the University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee (UMREC) and the Centre for Law and Ethics in Science and Technology (CELEST), aims to address the legal and ethical issues in digital research in the social and behavioral domain. Its main focus is on the areas of cyber risk and security, data privacy and protection, and copyright protection.
20 & 21 July 2020 (Monday & Tuesday) • 10am - 1pm MYT (UTC+08) via Zoom platform | A two (2) day online workshop for social science lecturers, academic staff, research assistants and graduate students (limited number of participants)
[Video] ASEAN-EU DIALOGUE WEBINAR SERIES 2
Webinar Date: 1st July 2020 (Wednesday) • 3.00pm (Malaysia time)
The full recording of the webinar. Speakers: Nadia Reynders, Prof. Dr. Azirah Hashim, Dr. Filippo Bignami, Dr. Yang Mee Eng and moderator: Prof. Maya Khemlani David.
AEI International Webinar Series featuring Prof. Dr. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed from Independent University, Bangladesh • 18th June 2020 (Thursday) • 11.00 am Malaysia time (UTC+8) • Video available
Ambassador Lecture Series featuring H.E. Charles Hay MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia. Video lecture premiering on 16 June 2020 at 10.00 am
by Dr. Rahul Mishra
The Covid-19 pandemic hit Malaysia at a time when the country was in the midst of a political upheaval, with the government of the day changing after several unexpected political moves were made.
by Dr. Paul Gillespie
European powers have a deep interest in avoiding being caught up and marginalised in the slipstream of a new cold war between the United States and China.
VIDEO OF ASEAN-EU DIALOGUE WEBINAR SERIES 1
Event Date: 10th June 2020 (Wednesday) • 3.00pm (Malaysia time) • via Microsoft Teams
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the global population – not only from a health perspective, but politically, economically, and socially as well. The fallout means that society today will see fundamental adjustments in various aspects as we deal with “the new normal”.
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Ambassador Lecture Series featuring H.E. Dr. Ivan Velimir Starčević, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Malaysia
Pada 4 Jun 2020, Prof. Dato' Dr. Rajah Rasiah diwawancara oleh hos Selamat Pagi Malaysia, TV1 dengan topik 'Pelan Pemulihan Ekonomi Jangka Pendek'. Prof. Dato' Dr. Rajah Rasiah adalah Profesor Ulung Ekonomi di Institut Asia-Eropah, Universiti Malaya.
by Tan Sri Hasmy Agam & Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Further to the points of view the undersigned authors expressed nearly two months ago, it is regretted that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) still misses to adopt the much-needed Council Resolution to address the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic event. (The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19 – addendum)
By Azirah Hashim and Andy Gibbs
With students, scholars, degrees and universities moving about the globe freely, there is a pressing need for international cooperation and agreements between ASEAN universities and ASEAN universities with universities in other parts of the world.
This event is organised by Department of English, S.A. Jain (PG) College, Ambala City, India.
Like the United States, Indonesia’s response to the pandemic has been lax, says Jusuf Wanandi, former Secretary of the Indonesian Supreme Advisory Council. Moreover, he argues regional cooperation is lacking – and the prospects for renewal are not strong.
The COVID-19 phenomenon has accelerated degloblisation, writes Victor Sumsky, Director of the ASEAN Centre at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Instead of preaching inclusiveness in the framework of economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific, the US has switched to the ‘free-and-open’ Indo-Pacific doctrine, aimed at containing China.
US-China relations are now failing ‘the rest of Asia’ says Tsutomu Kikuchi, adjunct senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He argues that we can’t narrow the range of policy choices available to us as we push for a rules-based order.
Both China and the United States will emerge from the current crisis with their reputations damaged, says David Capie, Associate Professor in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He argues that today’s great power struggles are making it harder than ever for small and middle powers to navigate.
When a crisis seems to threaten regional states unevenly, the incentive for cooperation weakens says Choi Kang, Acting President and Director in the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, South Korea. He argues that the Covid-19 pandemic has seen individual rather than collective action, and existing institutions that should have been part of a global response have been discredited.
by Tham Siew Yean and Yeoh Wee Jin | ISEAS Perspective Issue: 2020 No.50
For iron and steel, China has identified Southeast Asia as the market with huge potential. The region’s high demand for infrastructure such as MRT lines, highways, bridges, roads, flyovers, dams and power plants match BRI aims, and fuel the demand for steel.
China is channeling aid to Myanmar, but the virus crisis is a chance for existing multilateral bodies within the Asia Pacific to reset and reshape the foreign policy environment, says Aung Zin Phyo Thein from the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies.
A ‘self-help’ state is back, and nationalism, populism, xenophobia, trade, and territorial disputes are on the rise, writes Dang Cam Tu, Deputy Director-General at the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
COVID-19 has proven the weakness of ASEAN-led mechanisms, so it’s now time to rebuild a regional security architecture that can contain the more extreme effects of the growing US-China rivalry, writes Herman Kraft, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines.
Each ASEAN member state has acted individually rather than collectively, writes Pou Sothirak, Head of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace. Knowing that this virus crosses national borders, a regional response makes a lot more sense.
Mohd Nazari Ismail
The problem of unemployment is becoming more serious in many countries. The International Labor Organization (ILO) predicts 1.25 billion workers worldwide will lose their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, accounting for 38 per cent of the world’s workforce. In the United States, since the outbreak of Covid-19, 33 million people have been made unemployed.
A series of commentaries curated by the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, in collaboration with Asialink (University of Melbourne)
by Ali Goutali and Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Muslim World and its Rapid Reaction Capacitation in times of new types of asymmetric challenges
Prepare for further deglobalisation and realignment in Asia as the COVID-19 crisis continues, writes former Indian Foreign Secretary, Shyam Saran.
by Johan Saravanamuttu & Khor Yu Leng
The world was awakened to Singapore’s spike of COVID-19 cases among its foreign workers recently. This should alert countries like Malaysia and Thailand, which have even larger numbers of migrant labour, of the impending crisis they have yet to face.
by Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin & Dr. Jan Vincent Galas
While all attention has been on the US and China, countries of the region themselves might have a say.
by Tan Sri Hasmy Agam & Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
While the pandemic is being dealt with by the World Health Organisation (WHO), along with other relevant United Nation Specialised Agencies (UN SA), the situation is deteriorating rapidly. In a scenario growing more and more likely, it could engulf the entire world, - and have consequences akin to those of a Third World War.
Topic: COVID19 Wartime Economics?
7 April 2020 • 10am • AEI Auditorium | Can you explain your thesis to a non-specialist audience in 3 minutes? Try it out! Compulsory to all AEI PhD students who are in the 4th semester and above.
Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Sarinah Low Wah Yun for being appointed as the new Acting Chairperson for University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee-Non Medical (UMREC)
AEI Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed from Independent University, Bangladesh • 18th March 2020 • 10:00 am • Asia-Europe Institute, UM. This event has been postponed
This event has been postponed Theme: Towards a Common Regional Identity: Developing synergies through Socio-Cultural Co-operation. AEI would like to invite academicians, practitioners, researchers, students and administrators from the private and public sectors to participate and submit papers to be considered for presentation.
Professor Azirah Hashim is a recipient of the Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland.
Dr. Sameer Kumar, Associate Professor, Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya, was an invited speaker at the conference held at the ASEAN Secretariat building, Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Jakarta, on February 18-19, 2020.
12th February 2020 (Wednesday), 08:30 am – 05:00 pm, Venue: AEI Resource Centre.
By Johan Saravanamuttu
Under Mahathir, in his second term as prime minister, Malaysia has crafted a foreign policy of capitalising on an ascendant China while hedging against the current environment of a more fluid world. In so doing Malaysia is maintaining strong ties with major US allies of Asia, such as Japan.
This workshop which is scheduled on 11 & 12 January 2020 has been cancelled.
‘Building Social Research Capacities in Higher Education Institutions in Lao PDR and Malaysia’ is a multi-country Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education joint project involving higher education institutions from both the EU and ASEAN countries.
Arvend received the award at the ASEAN Youth Leadership Summit 2019 organised by the Global Youth Parliament in Manila, Philippines.
The 2019 conference brought together eminent thinkers and academics from more than ten countries across Asia and Europe, who discussed a wide range of topics such as western and non-western approaches to international relations, European and Asian security architectures, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the emerging Indo-Pacific construct.