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  • | 2 August, 2016

    **Change of details: China-U.S. Maritime Rivalry after the South China Sea Tribunal


    What implications will the July 12, 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague have on maritime security in Asia? As the United States steps up its presence with freedom of navigation operations and as China continues to flex its muscles over its contested claims, fears are growing that the region is headed for confrontation over a crucial waterway. Join Jeff M. Smith, Director of Asian Security Programs at the American Foreign Policy Council, to help make sense of a region in churn, as he examines U.S.-China maritime competition and the role of growing regional powers such as India in a changing Asia-Pacific security architecture.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jeff M. Smith is the Director of Asian Security Programs at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington DC and author of Cold Peace: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the 21st Century (Lexington Books, 2014). Smith has served in an advisory role for multiple presidential campaigns and has testified as an expert witness before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, as well as the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC).His expert commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, and the Economist and his OpEds have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. He provides regular briefings for Members of Congress and their staff, as well as the State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence community. Smith has participated in nearly one dozen senior delegations and fact-finding trips to China and India over the past five years.


    Speaker | 25 July, 2016

    Will Brexit push Europe and China closer together in tackling global (in)security?

    On 28 June 2016, the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, presented the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS). Tabling an external strategy just a few days after the UK created a huge internal challenge by voting to leave the Union can be seen as an example of Brussels’ determination to show unity on the world stage. Then, with Europe still reeling from the fallout from Brexit, Mogherini attended the EU-China summit in Beijing and called for a strengthening of EU-China bilateral relations, including cooperation on security. The new strategy charts a more Realpolitik course for the EU, while staying true to European ideals. Will it prove effective in the post-Brexit world? And will Europe succeed in moving closer to China?

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Prof.  Dr. Sven Biscop is Director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, and teaches at Ghent University and at the College of Europe in Bruges. He also lectures regularly at the Ren Min University of China in Beijing, where he is a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies, and for the European Security and Defence College, of which he is an Honorary Fellow.

    The lecture and Q&A will be followed by a reception.

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