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  • Speaker | 24 July, 2018

    Multipolar Powerplay: the Role of Europe

    World politics are back to normal. Unfortunately, normality means multipolarity: a challenging powerplay between currently four great powers, who cooperate and compete at the same time – the US, China, Russia, and Europe. How each of these looks at the world will determine the future of world politics. Can they cooperate and share power, or will they compete and grab more power at each other’s expense. The EU has an important stabilising role to play. It has the instruments and the means – does it have the will?


    Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop read political sciences at Ghent University, where he also obtained his PhD, and where today he is a Professor, teaching strategy and the foreign policies of Belgium and the EU. In addition, he is the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, the think-tank associated with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also a regular speaker at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels and at various staff colleges in Europe and America, as well as at the People’s University of China in Beijing, where he is a Senior Research Associate

    Screening | 5 July, 2018

    Screening of Documentary Maineland followed by Q&A with the Director

    Over 370,000 students from Mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities – six times more than a decade ago – with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. Visually striking and thematically complex, Maineland captures the coming-of-age transformations of two affluent Chinese teenagers with big American dreams as they settle into a boarding school in small-town Maine, sharing poignant discourses on alienation, personal identity, and cross-cultural dialogue. Maineland has gotten wide critical acclaim, won Special Jury Prize at SXSW and the Independent Film Festival of Boston, is a NYTimes Critic’s Pick and recently reviewed in the New Yorker. The film has been featured on NPR’s Here and Now, PRI The World, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe.
    Miao Wang is a Beijing-born New York-based filmmaker. Her award-winning documentary features Maineland and Beijing Taxi, and short Yellow Ox Mountain have screened at over 100 international festivals and institutions such as SXSW and the Guggenheim Museum, with US theatrical release, broadcast nation-wide, and digitally released globally on multiple platforms. She directed Made by China in America, a documentary short in Morgan Spurlock’s acclaimed We the Economy series. She also direct, produce, and edit award-winning branded content and shorts for agencies and clients such as Ogilvy, DuPont, Philips, Microsoft Design, Guggenheim Museum, and Vice Media. In collaboration with Abramorama, Maineland is completely a US-wide theatrical release, followed by a digital release on Amazon in late 2018.