ASEAN's Role in Global Politics: Perceptions, Strategies, Prospects

ASEAN's Role in Global Politics: Perceptions, Strategies, Prospects

The next event in the conference series ‘New Geoeconomic Prospects between Asia and Europe’, titled ‘ASEAN's Role in Global Politics: Perceptions, Strategies, Prospects’ explores ASEAN's role in global and regional affairs. With a population of approximately 650 million, the ASEAN region plays an increasingly important role in today's international context. Regional actors, such as Japan, China, and South Korea see it as an area of economic competition, in the framework of which Japan contests China’s Belt and Road Initiative with its own investment projects. This geopolitical and geoeconomic competition undoubtedly attracts growing scholarly attention. On the other hand, it is important to highlight the European Union’s prospects and opportunities for developing effective cooperation mechanisms with ASEAN, which has been gaining importance on the global stage.

The first panel of the conference aims to explore the changing economic relations in the Southeast Asian region, particularly between major regional powers such as the PRC, South Korea, Japan, and ASEAN. Such relations include the newfound infrastructural investment project by Japan, named the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, or China’s much-discussed Belt and Road Initiative. The consequences and possible advantages (or disadvantages) of these programmes in each of the partnering ASEAN countries might be different – with the panel providing a comprehensive look at the various scenarios.

PANEL I: Economic Dynamics of ASEAN – East Asia Relations
David CAMROUX, Honorary Senior Research Fellow & Adjunct Professor, Sciences Po, Advisory Board Member of European Institute for Asian Studies
Noel CLEHANE, Supervisory Board Member, EU-ASEAN Business Council
Shofwan Al Banna CHOIRUZZAD, Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia
Moderator: Emese SCHWARCZ, International Relations Manager, Asian and African Relations Department, Antall József Knowledge Centre

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