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Gareth Evans

Responsibility to Protect

7 January 2012

The question of humanitarian intervention has been an issue of dispute between the EU and several Asian countries with Libya being the most recent example. Former Australian Foreign Minister and EU-Asia Centre Advisory Board member, Gareth Evans, argues that the Responsibility to Protect doctrine has made significant progress in the past decade.

Just 10 years ago, the international response to mass-atrocity crimes -- genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other large-scale crimes against humanity -- was a consensus-free zone. For all the \"never again\" rhetoric and human rights conventions launched with fanfare and sincerity after World War II, an unholy mess was made of dealing with every major man-made human catastrophe from Cambodia in the 1970s to Rwanda and the Balkans in the 1990s. Today, the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, or R2P, has become a commonplace of international diplomacy, invoked in crises from the Congo to Kenya to, most notably, last year\'s struggle in Libya.

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The EU, Asia and Climate Change

The EU, Asia and Climate Change

26 November 2011

Kirthi Ramesh, Research Fellow, EU-Asia Centre looks at the positions of the EU and the major Asian players in the run-up to the Durban conference at the end of November.

Despite current economic and financial woes, climate change remains a priority issue for the EU. Speaking in Strasbourg on 15 November, Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that the EU’s goal remained ‘an ambitious, comprehensive, legally binding international framework covering all parties.’ She then added that regrettably Durban was not going to deliver what the EU wanted, namely an internationally binding deal. The number of Kyoto supporters was going down and many in Europe were asking ‘what is the point in making the bridge to the future if nobody will follow us into that future?’ The Commissioner’s critical remarks could have been aimed at a number of Asian countries as well as the US, Brazil and Russia. This policy brief looks at the positions of the EU and the major Asian players in the run-up to the Durban conference at the end of November.

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Who will play Monnet in the Pacific?

Who will play Monnet in the Pacific?

26 November 2011

Metternich v Monnet
 
In the Financial Times of 18 November, Lionel Barber asked who would play the role of Prince Metternich in the Asia-Pacific region? In a response published on 25 November, Fraser Cameron argued that the inspiring figure of Jean Monnet might be a more appropriate role model. It was Monnet who pioneered the \'community approach\' that has served Europe so well in the past fifty years after centuries of \'balance of power\' politics. Despite obvious areas of tension in Asia, there are also encouraging signs of regional cooperation, especially on the trade front. The EU should not seek to impose its model on any other region but there are aspects of European integration that could serve as a useful model to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Global Shift

Global Shift

20 November 2011

A recent study by the Transatlantic Academy reveals that growing threats to the current global governance structure—especially the rise of China—show the deep need for focused transatlantic cooperation over a range of issues in an emerging multipolar world.

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Stanley Crossick

EU-Asia Centre remembers Stanley Crossick

16 November 2011

Stanley Crossick died a year ago on 20 November 2010. His towering presence in Brussels is sorely missed at think tank meetings, in private discussions and in print. Stanley was one of the intellectual founders of the EU-Asia Centre and indeed had been designated as the first President until his untimely death. He was one of the first in Europe to recognise the growing importance of Asia and the implications for the EU. He was passionate about the need to provide a platform for continuous debate and discussion about EU-Asia relations and he would have been pleased to see that the Centre has been successfully established. If still alive he would certainly have been active in promoting the Centre. We remember him with gratitude. 
The Board

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Ashton in Japan

Ashton in Japan

7 November 2011

EU-Asia Centre Senior Advisor, Axel Berkofsky offers a critical review of the lack of progress in EU-Japan relations

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G20 October 2011

EU and China: Partners in Crisis?

31 October 2011

Professor Wei SHEN, ESSCA School of Management, Angers, France reflects on the latest meeting between the EU and China.

Although the EU-China summit has been postponed, the leaders will meet 3-4 November in Cannes at the G20 summit. Despite the many problems between the two sides both are locked in a close embrace. The EU is China’s largest market for its exports. China is being courted by the EU to prop up the euro. However, holding a successful EU-China Summit has become more and more difficult.  The 2008 summit was cancelled due to Sarkozy meeting the Dalai Lama while last year’s summit ended in rancour. Now the 14th EU-China Summit that was scheduled to take place in the Chinese trading port of Tianjin on 25th October was postponed due to the EU emergency meeting on the eurozone.

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Why Asia Matters to Europe

Why Asia Matters to Europe

28 October 2011

The Asia-Pacific has become a key driver of global politics. President Sarkozy calls President Hu Jintao to help save the euro. Asia boasts almost half the world\'s population. It includes many of the key engines of the global economy, as well as the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, has forecast that if economic trends persist the twenty-first century will see a shift in the centre of gravity of the global economy to Asia. Today the Asia-Pacific region accounts for almost 40% of world GDP and comprises some of the most dynamic economies in the world. According to the latest report of the Asia Development Bank (Asia 2050) the region could account for more than half of global trade, investment and GDP by 2050. These figures demonstrate why Asia matters to Europe.

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Martin Jacques

When China Rules The World

11 October 2011

Speaking at the Madaragia Foundation recently, Martin Jacques discussed some of the key findings in his best-selling book  ‘When China Rules the World’.

Jacques said it was difficult for Europeans to understand China because they tended to look at China through their own prisms and hence were critical of what they saw. But China had never been like Europe and never would be. Europe also found it difficult to comprehend the speed of change in China and most Europeans were not good at understanding developments in China. Europe should recognise that there was no one path to modernity. Modernity is not a product of the market but rather a product of history and civilisation.

Jacques then outlined a conceptual framework to try and make sense of China.  

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Eu-Asia Centre

Our Vision

4 October 2011

Welcome to the webpage of the EU-Asia Centre. As a new think tank we are dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.

The inexorable shift in the global balance of economic and political power towards Asia has profound consequences for the EU. There is a serious risk that Asia and Europe will drift apart, making it increasingly difficult to tackle global challenges. It is therefore necessary to encourage serious strategic thinking in Europe about the implications of the rise of Asia and the future course of EU-Asia relations.

Our Mission is to become the leading EU policy institute on EU-Asia relations, providing strategic thinking and new ideas for governments, institutions and business in both Europe and Asia.

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