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8th Asia-Europe Roundtable

The Future of Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership on Conflict Transformation

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
23 May 2011 - 25 May 2011 Ratna Mathai Luke Political and Economic Department Asia-Europe Roundtable on Conflict Management Governance & Human Rights



Venue:
Bali (Indonesia)

The Asia Europe Roundtable series on Conflict Management has covered the whole conflict cycle – from conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace-keeping and peace-making, to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. Throughout the discussions, there has been consensus that there is value in developing and deepening Asia-Europe partnership to address these challenges to peace and security. To address the complexity that will be involved in building an inclusive, multi-sector Asia-Europe strategic partnership on conflict transformation, the 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable deployed a scenario-building and formulation exercise to develop possible models of cooperation between Asia and Europe.

The overall objective of the 8th AER was to enhance regional conflict management mechanisms in Asia and Europe and develop various Asia-Europe strategic partnership models.

The event took place in Bali, Indonesia from 23rd till 25th May 2011.

Partners

  • Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Sponsors

  • Europe-Asia Policy Forum

Project Updates

  • The future of peacekeeping efforts

    Published on 19 Dec 2011

    There exists today considerable security challenges facing Asia and Europe—including non-traditional security issues such as climate change, migration, food and maritime security. Hence, as the Asia-Europe partnership grows, the issue of future security cooperation between the two regions is further being explored.

    ASEF and its partners in the Europe-Asia Policy Forum organised a public briefing (13 December 2011) on the topic of ‘Improving Regional Security Architectures through an Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership’.

    Participants discussed prospects for further inter-regional cooperation in conflict management. Taking the cue from the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM), the EU’s first peacekeeping mission in Asia, the discussions centred on the institutional developments taking place in Asia and Europe and how they affect future coordination of peacekeeping efforts and conflict management activities between both regions.

    A detailed report from the briefing will be available for download in early 2012.

  • Based on the discussions of the 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable, ‘The Future of an Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership in Conflict Transformation’ reviews some of the current and emerging global trends that are relevant to conflict management. It explores possible scenarios for future Asia-Europe cooperation with regard to conflict and security issues. More specifically, this publication:

    1. Maps some of the different trajectories of Asia-Europe cooperation that could develop in the coming years with regard to conflict and security issues;
    2. Analyses some of the global issues (such as migration, new technologies, geo-political issues, energy cooperation) that will have an impact on regional coordination of conflict management activities
    3. Presents multi-sectoral recommendations by which Asia-Europe conflict transformation strategies can be strengthened and better coordinated.

    A copy of the publication can be downloaded from here

     

  • Highlights:

    • 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable to develop various Asia-Europe strategic partnership models for regional conflict transformation
    • Roundtable to gather experts in conflict management, academics, intergovernment and government representatives, business-people and the media

    The Asia-Europe Roundtable on Conflict Management (AER) examines policy dialogues on conflict management issues within the framework of Asia-Europe relations. Since its inception in 2000, the AER has covered the entire conflict cycle – from conflict prevention, through to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. It has generated policy insights and content, which is accessible to policy-planners across different sectors.

    In the efforts to improve bi-regional collaboration in conflict management, strategic foresight is a vital policy analysis tool in evaluating those decisions that are required now, to ensure regional stability and security in the future. The 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable on Conflict Management: “The Future of an Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership on Conflict Transformation,” is a unique opportunity to enhance regional conflict transformation and security structures in Asia and Europe and develop various Asia-Europe strategic partnership models.

    Towards a multi-sector strategic partnership

    Previous Roundtable discussions established a consensus on the value of developing and deepening Asia-Europe partnership to address challenges to peace and security. To address the complexity involved in building an inclusive, multi-sector strategic partnership on conflict transformation, the 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable will deploy a scenario-building and strategy formulation exercise to develop different scenarios and possible models of cooperation between Asia and Europe in the area of peace and security. This will enable relevant regional actors to implement the knowledge and action plans generated by the event.

    Participants in the Roundtable are key stakeholders from Asia and Europe – experts in conflict management, academics, intergovernment and government representatives, business people and the media. The workshop will take place from 23 to 25 May 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.

    This event is organised in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia (FES) and the Singapore Institute for International Affairs (SIIA), with the support of the Europe-Asia Policy Forum.