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ISLAM Shada - Asia-EU Relations: Opportunities and Challenges (20h)

This optional course explores the EU’s multifaceted engagement with Asian countries and regional organisations. The rise of Asia, including the region’s growing importance as a global political, security and economic player, increased involvement in world trade and rising geopolitical clout, continues to be one of the key defining trends of the 21st Century and the latter part of the 20th Century. The EU’s relationship with Asia goes back several decades. In recent years, however, as both Europe and Asia emerge as more significant regional and global players, EU-Asia ties have gained additional momentum and significance. Today, given increased EU-Asia inter-connections and interdependence and the uncertain and volatile global environment, EU-Asia relations are more important than ever before. Both sides are paying more attention to each other not just at the governmental level but also through increased contacts between business leaders and civil society actors.

The course will look at the different ways (trade agreements, development partnerships, strategic dialogues including security issues) in which the EU and Asia are engaging with each other, on both the bilateral and regional level but also on the global stage, especially on crucial questions linked to global governance. The course will analyse the strengths and deficits of the EU’s developing relationships with China, India, ASEAN and Japan and seek insights on how these partnerships can be made more relevant to tackle 21st Century challenges including climate change, implementation of Agenda 2030, immigration and religious extremism. The classes will be based on a series of lively and interactive lectures, group discussion and student presentations. // ECTS Card

Professor: Shada ISLAM