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Drivers of Regionalism and Integration in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives

Date: July 10th, 11th and 12th 2013
The Long Room Hub, Fellows Square, Trinity College Dublin
Hosted By: The Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin and the School of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne.
Supported By: Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission (Agreement number 2012- 2728/001-001), with additional support from the Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin and the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

About the conference

This Symposium brings together scholars, analysts and policy-makers in a dynamic and interactive setting to debate how and why regional bodies such as the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are formed and sustained. The Symposium is distinctive in seeking to compare scholarly perspectives and engender new debates regarding the causes of regional integration.

Is there anything to learn from the EU or Asian experiences? Are Asian bodies interested in the European experience? How are regions conceptualised? How do we understand the drivers of integration and regionalism? What are the motivations of regional integration? What intellectual histories exist of regional integration? How are ideas spread? How do ideas, norms and visions shape region-building? What is the start-up of regional integration? Who and what are the drivers? What types of institution-building takes place? What type of community-building was/is required?

To what extent, if any, is there a balance between internal and external factors driving this phenomenon of regionalism? What factors are internal to the "region" and which are external to the "region"? What, if any, regionalism/regional integration is driven by opportunism or as a response to perceived threats (real or otherwise)? What impact do crises (the 1997 Asian crisis as well as the current crisis) have on regionalism in Asia and Europe? To what extent, if any, has the movement towards regional integration been driven by the goal of capitalizing on strengths/advantages or compensating for/overcoming weaknesses? What are the barriers to regional integration?

It is anticipated the major outcome of the Symposium will be an edited special issue of a journal, consisting of the revised version of the Symposium papers.

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Programme Overview and Registration

Programme Overview

  • The full programme with presentation abstracts is available to download here

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DAY 1: Wednesday 10th July 2013 (17.00-20.00)

17.00 Welcome with informal reception & networking Please note for speakers and discussants only
18.30 Dinner for speakers & discussants

DAY 2: Thursday 11th July 2013 (08.45-19.00)

08.45-09.10 Registration & coffee
Introduction by Professor James Wickham, Trinity College Dean of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Presentation of the Project
Session 1: Drivers of regionalism: the European and Asian cases compared
Session 2: Europe &Asia:Comparing theoretical perspectives of drivers & initiatives
Session 3: The role of crisis as a driver of regional integration
Session 4: Traditional Security as a driver of regional integration
18.00-19.00 Book Launch & informal discussion hosted by the European Parliament Office, Dublin, with reception

DAY 3: Friday 12th July 2013 (09.00-19.00)

09.00-10.30 Session 5: Non-traditional Security as a driver of regional integration
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Session 6: Economic and business perspectives on drivers of regional integration
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Session 7: Rethinking regionalism, inter-regionalism and multilateralism
15.30-16.00 Break
16.00-18.00 Session 8: What could Europe and Asia learn from each other's experiences?
18.00 Reception

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Participant Biographies

Laura Allison is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She holds an Advanced Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland. Her current research focuses on the EU's relations with ASEAN, the promotion of regional integration by the EU and processes of norm diffusion.

Prof Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan is Jean Monnet Professor of Economic Integration and Director of the Euro-Asia Centre (University of Limerick), as well as Visiting Professor of East Asian Economics at the Ruhr Universitat Bochum. She has gained a wide experience of teaching in various Asian and European Universities, such as Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Seoul National University, Tsuda College in Tokyo and the University of Aix-Marseille. She has published in the areas of EU-Asia Economic relations and comparative integration EU and Asia. Her latest publications include: ‘Rice price volatility: sustainable policies in Asia and Europe,’ Asian Business and Management (2012, with Bruna Zolin); ‘A Qualitative Analysis of the Impact of the 5th EU Enlargement on ASEAN,’ ASEAN Economic Bulletin (2012, with Utai Uprasen), and ‘The current global financial: Do Asian Stock Markets show Contagious or Interdependence Effects?’ Journal of Asian Economics (2012, with Lucia Morales).

H.E. Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland. Ambassador Atsumi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (MOFA) in 1975. He was appointed Director of the Oceania Division, European & Oceanian Affairs Bureau in 1993. From 1993 - 1994, he served as Private Secretary to the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Minister of State in three successive Cabinets. In 1994 he attended Harvard University as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs. In 1996, he was appointed Counsellor of the Japanese Mission to the OECD, dealing mainly with development assistance.  In 1998, he served as Economic Minister in the Japanese Embassy in Moscow just as the Rouble Crisis unfolded. In 2001 he served as Deputy Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, MOFA. Then in 2003, he was appointed Economic Minister and subsequently Deputy Head of Mission to the Embassy of Japan in China. In 2006, he returned to Tokyo and was appointed Director-General, Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department. During this time he attended many ASEAN related meetings and accompanied the Prime Minister to various countries in the region including India and Indonesia. In 2008 he was appointed Ambassador to Pakistan and was involved in organising the 2009 International Conference held in Tokyo in support of Pakistan.  He has served as Ambassador to Ireland since April 2011 and arranged the recent visit to Ireland of the current Japanese Prime Minister.

Dr Louis Brennan is Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin and a Professor within the Trinity School of Business. He is the proposer and chair of the 25 nation COST Action research network on the Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe. Dr. Brennan was educated in Ireland, France, the UK and the USA. He has served as a faculty member in several universities in Asia, Europe and the United States. His research interests relate to Global and Operations Strategy, Global Supply Chain Management and International Business.

Dr. David Camroux a graduate of the University of Sydney and with his doctorate from the Sorbonne, David Camroux holds a joint position as Senior Researcher at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales and Associate Professor at Sciences Po in Paris. He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. He is also been a Visiting Professor at Gadjah Mada University, Keio University, Korea University and the University of Malaya. In Spring 2013 he was a Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics. Working at the juncture between international relations and comparative politics, he has a particular interest in regional construction from below and the creation of macro-regional identities as well as the ‘domestic’ dynamics in EU-Asia relations. He is currently working on a study of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) as well, with Don Pathan, on an analysis of the situation in Southern Thailand.

Dr Naomi Chakwin, Asian Development Bank.

Dr. Niall Duggan received his PhD from the Department of Government, University College Cork (UCC), where he also received a BSc in Government and Public Policy. In 2008 he received a MA in East and South-east Asian Studies from the University of Lund. Since completing his PhD, he has worked at Department of Government UCC, the Department of East Asia Politics, Ruhr University Bochum and is currently Acting-Chair in Modern Chinese Society and Economy at the University of Gottingen (Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen). Niall’s main area of research is in Sino-Africa relations, East Asia's role global governance reform and non-traditional security issues.

Prof Louise Fawcett is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College.  Her research interests and publications cover topics including comparative regionalism and the history, politics and international relations of developing countries.  She is the author of Iran and the Cold War; coeditor and contributor to Regionalism in World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell); The Third World beyond the Cold War (with Yezid Sayigh) and Regionalism and Governance in the Americas (with Monica Serrano).  She is also the editor of International Relations of the Middle East (Oxford, third edn. 2013). 

Dr. Paul Gillespie is a columnist and leader writer on international affairs for The Irish Times (from which he retired in 2009 as foreign policy editor), an author and a university researcher in politics. He specialises in European politics and political identities, Europe-Asia relations  and comparative global regionalism, British-Irish relations and Middle East affairs. He is a senior research fellow adjunct at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin, from where he was awarded his PhD in 2006 for a thesis on “Multiple Political Identity and European Integration”, on which he is currently writing a book. He was a visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence in 2010. His recent writing includes a paper and articles examining how Ireland has responded to the debt and euro zone crises and the effect of these on its policies towards, and positioning in, the European Union; a chapter comparing Asian and European responses to the global financial crisis; a chapter on civil society and Irish foreign policy and a paper examining how the European issue is intertwined with the UK’s debate on devolution and Scottish independence.

Dr. T.P. Hardiman
joined the Irish telecommunications service following graduation in Engineering and in Science from University College Dublin and later joined the broadcasting services as an Operations Manager.  His work in the radio and television broadcasting services included a variety of responsibilities in programme management and financial affairs before his appointment as Director General of Radio Telefiis Eireann in 1968, a position he held for seven years.  He has been active in commercial, industrial and scientific life in Ireland and internationally over the past three decades. He has been President of the CII and  President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. He has served on Government Commissions  in reviewing  public policy in  telecommunications development,  economic planning and third level education.  He has been Chancellor of Dublin City University He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, a  Supervisory Board Member of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, Tokyo and  a Trustee of the International Institute of Commumincation. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in November 1980 and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering in 1995.  He was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan in April 1986.  He was conferred LL.D. by the National University of Ireland in April 1990 and  D.Litt. by Lynn University, Florida in October 1995.

Prof. Peter Herrmann, chief researcher at the newly founded Observatory of Social Quality in Rome. He also holds the positions of adjunct professor at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Department of Social Sciences (Kuopio, Finland) and associate professor at Corvinus University (Budapest, Hungary) and is visiting professor at the School of Asian Studies at UCC, Cork, Ireland. He started his work in researching European Social Policy and in particular the role of NGOs. His main interest shifted over the last years towards developing the Social Quality Approach further, looking in particular into the meaning of economic questions and questions of law. He linked this with questions on the development of state analysis and the question of social services. On both topics he published widely. Had been teaching at several Third Level Institutions across the EU and globally; correspondent to the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. He holds positions as senior advisor to the European Foundation on Social Quality (The Hague, Netherlands), is member of the Advisory Board of EURISPES-Instituto di Studi Politici, Economici e Sociali, Rome; the Scientific Board and its coordination committee of ATTAC - Association pour la taxation des transactions financiees pour I'aide aux citoyens: Associate Member of the Eurasian Center for Big History and System Forecasting, Lomonosow Moscow State University, Russia.

Ms. Shada Islam is Head of Policy at Friends of Europe, a leading independent think tank in Brussels. Shada is responsible for oversight of Friends of Europe's activities, including publication of policy briefs, commentaries and op-eds as well as the policy content of conferences, seminars and roundtable discussions. Before joining Friends of Europe, Shada worked as Senior Programme Executive at the European Policy Centre where she worked on issues related to Asia and the integration of minorities. Shada has worked in Brussels for 25 years as EU, NATO and WTO correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asia's leading weekly news magazine as well as chief EU correspondent for the English language section of the German News Agency, dpa. She is an experienced journalist, columnist, policy analyst and communication specialist with a strong background in geopolitical, foreign, economic and trade policy as well as immigration and integration issues.

Walter Kennes has worked twenty five years for the European Commission on development related issues. He started dealing with food security, food aid and rural development, moved on to macroeconomic adjustment programmes, and later to trade and development issues. He has been head of sector for regional integration (1995-2002) and for environment and natural resources (2006-2011). Since mid-2011 he was appointed to deal with coordination of EU regional cooperation in Asia, focussing in particular on ASEAN as well as on environment, forestry and climate change issues.

Prof Emil Kirchner is Professor of European Studies, Jean Monnet Chair and Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Essex. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of European Integration, holder of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and elected member of the British Academy of Social Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and the United States. His current main interests include EU-China relations; European internal and external security policy, and regional and global governance, His recent publications include: (co-edited) The Palgrave Handbook on EU-Asia Relations (2013); ‘Common Security and Defence Policy peace operations in the Western Balkans, European Security, v (2013); (co-authored)  ‘Understanding and Assessing the Maastricht Treaty’, Journal of European Integration, (2012); ‘Progress and Limitations of European Foreign and Security Governance’, Hogaku Kenkyu (Japanese Journal of Law, Politics and Sociology), (2011); (co-edited) Security Governance of Regional Organizations (2011).

Ronan Lenihan Project Manager, Intellectual Exchange Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Ronan Lenihan is Project Manager and Deputy for the Intellectual Exchange Department at ASEF. In this role, he runs the day-to-day management of the team, which co-ordinates event and research based projects aimed at improving Asia-Europe relations and connectivity. Ronan directly manages ASEFs joint project the “Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative" - a capacity building training initiative for Asian and European diplomats. He is also in charge of ASEFs involvement in the “Asia Europe Economic Forum"- a collaborative programme that brings together top economists and institutions to analyse the latest macro-economic challenges for Asia and Europe.In addition, he has worked extensively on the ASEF led “perceptions” research projects, “EU through the Eyes of Asia” and its mirror project, “Asia in the Eyes of Europe”. Both studies use a unique methodology to track the media, public and opinion leader perceptions of the EU in Asia and vice versa. To date the studies have been carried out in in over twenty countries in Asia and Europe. Ronan has written and edited a number of articles and publications including the most recent Asia in the Eyes of Europe - Images of a Rising Giant released in June 2012 with Nomos.After graduating from Dublin City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2006, Ronan completed his Master’s degree in Globalisation and International Relations at the Centre for International Studies at Dublin City University in 2007. Prior to joining ASEF in 2008, Ronan worked in the finance sector with Rabobank International in Dublin.

H.E. Duncan Lewis
has been the Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO since December 2012. Prior to that appointment he was the Secretary of the Australian Department of Defence. He served as National Security Adviser to two Australian Prime Ministers and was a senior official in the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Mr Lewis served as an Army officer, retiring in 2004 as a Major General in command of Australian Special Forces. He has served in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, the United States, the United Kingdom and East Timor and was the Commander of Special Operations Command during the Iraq War and Operations in Afghanistan.

Prof. Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.  His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of EU policies on developing countries, and the design of WTO trade rules for agriculture. He has previously worked as a consultant to the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Commission, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO dispute settlement cases. He is currently President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.

Dr Hartmut Mayer is Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics (International Relations) at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford and a Member of Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations. Between 2011 and 2014 he also holds a long-term Visiting Professorship at the University of Hamburg and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Hartmut received a D.Phil. from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford and two Master's degrees from the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College) and from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His undergraduate education was undertaken at the Free University of Berlin. His main areas of research and publications have been European External Relations, European Integration History, German politics, EU Politics, Compararive Regionalism and relations between the EU and Asia (in particular Japan). Hartmut has held visiting positions at the European University Institute in Florence, the Finish Institute of International Affairs (UPI) in Helsinki, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, Waseda University (Tokyo), Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo) and Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna. Since 1999, Hartmut has also been working as Region Head Europe for Oxford Analytica.

Mr Eoin McDonnell
is a policy analyst at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin, with responsibility for the China, Security & Defence and Foreign Policy portfolios. Eoin graduated from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford with an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies, and holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. Having completed his studies, Eoin initially worked in the commercial sector, running the office of a major Irish manufacturer in China, before returning to Ireland to work in consultancy roles dealing with export compliance and trade with China. At the IIEA, Eoin's research has mainly focused on the area of China's recent leadership transition, regional responses to the rise of China, territorial disputes in East Asia and cybersecurity.

Philomena Murray is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. From 2000 to 2009 was Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre (CERC), Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union. She received a national Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an Australian Research Council ‘expert of international standing’ and national assessor for the ARC. A former diplomat, she has run training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. She is a Research Associate of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Visiting Professor in the International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe, Bruges and an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS (United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies), Bruges. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury. She was recently appointed an Associate Fellow of the Free University of Berlin. She is an Academic Associate, Queen’s College, the University of Melbourne. She serves on the Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on European Unification (RC3). Her research interests are in EU-Australia relations; EU-Asia relations; EU governance and comparative regional integration. Publications include Australia and the European Superpower (Melbourne University Press, 2005); Murray P ed. Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Murray P and Rees N eds., “European and Asian Regionalism: Form and Function”, International Politics, 47, 3/4, May/July 2010 and Christiansen T, Kirchner E, Murray P eds., The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2013.

Prof. Edward Moxon-Browne was Jean Monnet Chair of European Integrationand Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Limerick.Previously, he was Lecturer, and Reader, in Politics at the Queens University of Belfast.He has held visiting appointments at Hollins University (in Virginia), Wesleyan University (in Connecticut), Harvard University (in Cambridge Massachusetts), and at the UN Peace University in San Jose Costa Rica. He is author, co-author and editor of books,  and journal articles, on European integration, and the politics of ethnic conflict.

Michael O’Toole, Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin

Dr. Michael Reiterer studied law at the University of Innsbruck (Dr. juris) and holds diplomas in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University/Bologna Center and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 2005, he was appointed adjunct professor (Dozent) for international politics at the University of Innsbruck. Time permitting, he teaches at various universities and specializes in EU foreign policy, EU-Asia relations and interregionalism, areas in which he has published extensively. As an official of the European Union Mr. Reiterer is currently Senior Advisor at the Asia and Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS). He previously served as EU Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (2007-2011), Minister/Deputy Head of the EU-Delegation to Japan (2002-2006) and ASEM Counselor (1998-2002).

Prof Cillian Ryan is Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Birmingham and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Economics. He is also the Director of the Birmingham Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, and was recently awarded the EIIW Economics Science Prize 2008. He has held appointments in Ireland, Canada, the US and Wales and most recently was Head of the European Research Institute from 2005-2008. Nationally, Professor Ryan Chairs the Advisory Board of the UK Higher Education Academy Economics Network, a member of the National HEA Subject Chairs Committee and the HEA C-SAP (Sociology, Anthropology and Politics) Network and the OCR A-level Review Panel. He has led and been a member of various teaching and learning projects including FDTL5 and the most recent HEFCE Open Education Resource Initiative. He is also a member of the European Jean Monnet Centre Chairs Network and the UK Standing Committee of Heads of European Studies (SCHES). Cillian has been a consultant for various UK Government agencies, EU, UNCTAD, and the Australian Industries Commission, and is a former research associate of the Institute for Economic Policy Studies in Vancouver and the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. His principal research interests are trade theory and business cycle issues with a particular emphasis on financial trade and modeling issues, international merger theory and regulation, international financial regulation, EU and the GATS.

Sandra Silfvast is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Studies from the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on regional cooperation in addressing challenges of food security in the EU and ASEAN. Prior to commencing her PhD, Sandra undertook a traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels in the Directorate General responsible for the European Commission's relations with Southeast Asia. She also completed an internship in the Asia Pacific Department of the anti-corruption NGO Transparency International in Berlin. She then worked as a Research Officer in the Security and Foreign Affairs section of the Australian Embassy to Belgium & Luxembourg and Mission to the EU and NATO.

Dr May-Britt Stumbaum heads the NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU" at the Freie Universität Berlin that analyses Asian views of the EU as a security actor in an interpolar world. Previous positions include Senior Research Fellow / Executive Director, China and Global Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Fritz Thyssen Fellow at WCFIA, Harvard University, Head of the International Forum on Strategic Thinking/Senior Researcher, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and several Visiting Fellowships in Europe, China and New Zealand. She is a co-founder and former president of Women in International Security Deutschland ( and a reserve Captain of the German Air force. Her research focus is on EU-Asia and security policy. In 2012, she testified to the US Congress' US-China Economic and Security Committee on security policy issues in EU-China relations.

Prof Ben Tonra is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy and Associate Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe). In UCD he teaches, researches and publishes in European foreign, security and defence policy, Irish foreign and security policy and International Relations theory. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Graduate School at the UCD College of Human Sciences. Outside the university Ben serves on the Royal Irish Academy's Committee on International Affairs and is the Project Leader for a research programme in EU foreign and security policy at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin. From 1997-1999 he was a Lecturer at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and from 1993 to 1996 he was a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). From 1989-1991 he was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Washington DC. Professor Tonra was born in the United States, is a graduate of the University of Limerick (BA and MA) and completed his doctoral studies at TCD in 1996

Dr. Diarmuid Torney
is currently a TAPIR Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellow. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe" at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011-2012. His DPhil (PhD), from the University of Oxford, focused on the development of EU relations with China and India in the area of climate change policy. His research interests include EU-Asia relations, transatlantic relations, and global environmental politics.

Dr. Hana Umezawa
is Visiting Researcher at United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). Her previous posts include Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and Researcher at the Embassy of Japan in Sweden, where she served as Advisor regarding the Swedish EU Presidency in 2009. Hana received her LLB in Political Science from Keio University, Japan, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and obtained a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include the role of global and regional international organisations in comprehensive security, EU-ASEAN relationship, EU-Japan relationship, ASEM.

Prof. Douglas Webber
is Professor of Political Science at the international business school, INSEAD (France and Singapore). He graduated from the universities of Canterbury (Christchurch) and Essex. Prior to joining to INSEAD, he worked at the universities of Essex, Strathclyde and Sussex and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society (Cologne). Recently he has been a visiting professor or research fellow at the universities of California (Berkeley), Monash (Melbourne) and ANU (Canberra). The author of several books and numerous articles in journals in Europe and the US, he works mainly on the politics of the European Union, Germany, France, Franco-German relations and comparative regional integration.

Dr Reuben Wong
is Director of Studies at the College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT), and Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). A former diplomat, he served as First Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Paris (1995-1998) after graduating from NUS. He returned to NUS (European Studies Programme) in 1999, then earned an M.Phil in European Politics at Oxford, and a PhD in International Relations at the LSE on an NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship. Reuben's publications have focused on EU and French foreign policy. They include The Europeanization of French Foreign Policy: France and the EU in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), National and European Foreign Policies (co-edited with Christopher Hill, Routledge, 2011), and journal articles in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Politique Europeenne, Asia Europe Journal, Comparative Politics and Economics of Asia, and EU External Affairs Review. He has held visiting positions at Cambridge University, the LSE, the Stimson Center (Washington DC), and the East Asian Institute (Singapore). His current research interests include identity in foreign policy, the EU's relations with ASEAN and China, and the politics of disablement and human rights. A Fulbright scholar (2009), he serves on the Council of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and the Fulbright Association of Singapore. He raises four children to help arrest Singapore's declining total fertility rate.

Dr Lay Hwee Yeo is Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore since 2009. She is also Council Secretary and Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and Adjunct Research Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), and teaches part time at the National University of Singapore. Lay Hwee sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (ANUCES) and is also active in various Asia-Europe networks such as the Agora EU-Asia Network. Since June 2011, she has been appointed the Co Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Europe Journal published by Springer.An international relations expert, her research interests revolve around comparative regionalism; Asia-Europe relations in general, and in particular, relations between the European Union and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations); and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process. She participates actively both in policy dialogues and academic workshops and conferences, and contributes regularly to commentaries in media and journals. Some of the books in which she authored or co-edited include “Asia and Europe: The development and different dimensions of ASEM” “The Eurasian Space: Far More Than Two Continents”; “Elections in Asia: Making Democracy Work?” “The Asia-Europe Meeting: Enlargement, Engagement and Expectations” and “Changing Tides and Changing Ties: Anchoring Asia-Europe Relations in Challenging Times”. She has also contributed chapters to several academic books focusing on regionalism and Asia-Europe relations.For her exemplary record in research and policy work in these areas, she was awarded the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award in June 2007. She has also been awarded various short term visiting fellowships and scholarships taking her to Brussels, Leiden and Aalborg.Prior to her current positions, Lay Hwee had taught at the University of Macau, and worked in various think tanks including the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore and the Danish Institute of International Affairs in Denmark.Before joining academia, Lay Hwee had worked in the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.



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