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Panel Discussion: “Asia & Europe: The Dawning of a New Era?”

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19 May 2017

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and on the side lines of the 36th ASEF Board of Governors’ Meeting, ASEF is organising, together with the Foreign Correspondents’ Association Singapore (FCA) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), a Panel Discussion on the state and future of Asian-European relations.

To register, please RSVP by Friday, 2 June 2017.



US President Donald Trump has called into question major general geo-political issues such as globalisation, the post-Cold War balance of powers and free trade. He challenged America’s traditional political, security and economic relations both with Asia and with Europe: the bilateral US-Asian alliances, NATO, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

This is forcing Asian and European countries to not only reassess their respective relationships with the United States, but also rethink their own regional and global positions and roles. While these changes in the international environment are posing new challenges, they may also offer opportunities for Asians and Europeans to reflect within their respective regions, to take a fresh look at each other, and to adjust or even reinvent their relationships.

The Panel will be discussing the issues pertinent to the Asian-European relationship in the changing international environment, and possible implications for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

Read more about the panel discussion.
You may also download the event brochure here.


Keynote Speaker
Prof Kishore MAHBUBANI
Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP)

Ms Sharanjit LEYL
Presenter & Producer, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
President, Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) (Singapore)


  • Ambassador-at-Large, Prof Tommy KOH
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
  • Prof Dr Helmut HAUSSMANN
    ASEF Governor from Germany since 1997
    Vice President, Capgemini Deutschland Holding GmbH
    Former German Federal Minister of Economics
  • Dr KIM Gwang-jo
  • Director, UNESCO Asia & Pacific Regional Bureau of Education
  • Prof Beatrice WEDER DI MAURO
    Professor of Economics, University of Mainz, Germany
    Distinguished Fellow-in-residence Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD Singapore
  • Ms Hillary BRIFFA
    Doctoral Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant, King’s College, London

Event details

Date: Thursday, 8 June 2017
Time: 4-6 pm
Dress Code: Office Attire
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Block B, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS) Bukit Timah Campus, 469G Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259776

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15:30 Registration

16:00 Welcome Remarks
by Ambassador Karsten WARNECKE, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
16:05 Keynote Speech
by Prof Kishore MAHBUBANI, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore
16:20 Panel Discussion

17:20 Questions and Answers

17:50 Closing Remarks
by Ambassador Karsten WARNECKE, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
18:00 Networking Reception
Venue: Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772


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