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Policy Briefing-The EU and the U.S. in Asia Cooperation or competition?

4 June 2015

Hans Binnendijk 

Senior Fellow, SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University 

Lisa Buzenas, Political Officer responsible for Asia, U.S. Mission to the EU


Michael Reiterer, Principal Advisor for Asia, European External Action Service


Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre


Rosa Balfour, Senior Advisor, European Policy Centre (Moderator)


Monday 22 June 2015, 15.30 -17.30


EPC Auditorium, Rue du Trône 14-16 (3rd floor), 1000 Brussels

The European Policy Centre, in cooperation with the United States Mission to the EU, and the EU-Asia Centre, is delighted to invite you to this Policy Dialogue.

In July 2012 Catherine Ashton and Hillary Clinton agreed to cooperate more closely on peace and security, sustainable development, and trade and economics in the Asia-Pacific. Their joint statement mentioned a number of specific issues, including non-proliferation, transnational crime, terrorism, cyber-security, climate change and counter-piracy, as well as the promotion of democracy and human rights. Experts such as Hans Binnendijk have suggested this “transatlantic pivot to Asia” is an opportunity for trilateral partnership. Since that 2012 declaration, how has this transatlantic focus on the East actually been carried out at the policy and implementation levels? Has it changed the way the United States and the EU engage with each other and with the region? What role have trade negotiations and security challenges played in moving toward a trilateral partnership? Have crises on Europe’s borders distracted the EU from engaging more deeply in Asia, including with the U.S.? Is such cooperation likely to lead to greater transatlantic friendship or increased competition in Asia?

Hans Binnendijk has had a long and distinguished career. He was formerly Vice President for Research and Applied Learning at the National Defense University and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy. He was also Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. He has received numerous awards for his government service. Now in academia, he is author or co-author of more than 100 articles, editorials and reports.


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