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ASEF eNewsletter: Inaugural issue (July 2010)

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the ASEF eNewsletter!

We have moved from the traditional print edition of our ASEFnews to this new quarterly e-newsletter. Through this, we hope to provide you with the latest information about ASEF events and how you can get involved.

We welcome your feedback on our new newsletter, as well as any interesting first-person accounts of your involvement with ASEF-related activities for future publication. We look forward to hearing from you.

The ASEF editorial team joins me in wishing you, “Happy Reading!”

Tan Lian Choo, Director, Public Affairs

Is ASEM a platform
for "soft" dialogue,
or should it aspire to achieve a greater role as a forum to more actively encourage convergence on global issues?

A long, hard look at ASEM

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will undergo its third round of enlargement with the entry of Australia, Russia and New Zealand at the 8th ASEM Summit, which will be held in Brussels on 4-5 October 2010. In view of this important juncture in ASEM’s development, the ASEM Outlook Workshop explored how ASEM can further enhance its relevance, responsiveness and effectiveness as a dialogue process. More...


16th ASEF University

About 40 university undergraduates from ASEM member countries are currently in Poland to participate in the 16th ASEF University programme. See photos from the opening ceremony. More...


ASEMUS: Bridging Asian and European museums

As the Asia-Europe Museums Network (ASEMUS) celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary this year, we look back at how ASEMUS has been at the heart of greater interaction between museums in Asia and Europe. More...


International Freedom of Speech Prize

ASEF congratulates Ms Elif Kayi, a French freelance journalist and alumna of the 8th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium in Spain, who received the Prix de la Parole Libre (International Freedom of Speech Prize) given by the French Press Club of Marseilles. More...


Centuries of Asia-Europe relations through the arts

ASEF proudly supports “A Passage to Asia: 25 Centuries of Exchange between Asia and Europe”. The exhibition, which opened on 25 June 2010 at the Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) highlights 2,500 years of exchanges between the two regions. More...


Culture360.ORG portal’s new look

ASEF revamps its multi-disciplinary cultural portal. More...

2009 ASEF Annual Report is online

Read or download the annual report online. More...

Lingua Comica: Graphic novels from Asia and Europe

The latest publication featuring artistic collaborations of participants from the 2nd Asia-Europe Comics Project held in London. More...


Experts assess impact of crisis on higher education

The 1st ASEM Education Workshop held in Manila on 25-26 March 2010 concluded that Asian countries were less severely affected by this crisis than by the Asian financial crisis which occurred in late 1997. More...


Young journalists, religious leaders call for joint action to promote interfaith cooperation

The utilisation of the internet and social media were one of the many ideas to improve media coverage of religious affairs identified by participants of the 8th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium held on 5-6 April 2010 in Madrid. More...


Experts meet on challenges and opportunities for bi-regional cooperation in disease control

Initiated during the Advisory Group meeting of the ASEF Network for Public Health in November 2009, the Expert Meeting on Regional Integration and Infectious Diseases was held on 18-20 May 2010 in Luxembourg. More...


Towards a comprehensive and integrated approach for cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe

Participants of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Workshop on Enhancing ASEM Visibility through Cultural Activities held in Vietnam on 28-29 April 2010 called for better coordination to promote cultural cooperation in a more comprehensive and integrated manner. More...


How should the EU “package” itself to Asia?

“Stakeholders” Roundtable in Brussels discussed the visibility of the EU throughout Asia and examined EU external relations policy. More...

ASEMUS preparatory meeting

Preparations are underway for ASEMUS’ General Conference in September, which also marks the museum network’s 10th anniversary. More...

Preventing conflicts: From early warning to response

Experts examined best practices for predicting and preventing minority conflict, and drew relevant lessons that could be used to inform a regional set of policy options. More...

Network of ‘creative producers’

The need to establish an alliance to encourage ‘creative producing’ was highlighted during the “Creative Producers Initiative Network” satellite meeting in Indonesia. More...

ASEF Network for Public Health: Multi-sector pandemic planning and response

Participants of the Network’s 2nd Scenario-Building Workshop worked on the scenarios they have earlier developed during the first workshop in Siam Reap. More...

SPH article

The Straits Times' Senior Writer Cheong Suk-Wai sat down with ASEF Executive Director Ambassador Dominique Girard to discuss his thoughts on Asia-Europe relations. More...

SPH article

The ASEF flagship programme, the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS), is featured in The Straits Times Life! Section on 1 July 2010 under the report which highlights the exhibition, “A Passage to Asia”, which has just opened in Brussels. More...

Can Asia and Europe agree on freedom of faith?

The Jakarta Post’s Ary Hermawan, a participant of the 8th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium writes about how cultural dialogue is crucial. More...

SPH article

The Straits Times’ Ng Tze Yong shares on how interfaith dialogue should be brought out to the public rather than be contained within the confines of conference halls. More...

Talk is crucial to unity

The Star’s Hariati Azizan highlights the continuing relevance of interfaith dialogue in creating harmony between religions. More...

Stronger ties through the arts

Kim Mi-ju of the JoongAng Daily reports on the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Workshop on Enhancing ASEM Visibility through Cultural Activities. More...

More news clippings of ASEF activities...

33rd Asia-Europe Lecture Tour - Regional Integration by Luk Van Langenhove

13-26 JUL 2010

Singapore, Jakarta,

Bangkok, Seoul, Shanghai


Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposia: 2nd Asia-Europe Young Urban Leaders Dialogue

26-29 JUL 2010

Shanghai, China


ENVforum 2010 Conference
A Green Future: Asia and Europe Growing Sustainably

1-3 Sep 2010

Munich, Germany


The Cultural Heritages of Asia and Europe: Global Challenges and Local Initiatives

5-6 SEP 2010

Poznan, Poland


10th ASEMUS General Conference

8-11 SEP 2010

Paris, France


ASEF Network for Public Health TWG 2nd Scenario Building Workshop

28-30 SEP 2010



4th Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe Conference

2-3 OCT 2010

Brussels, Belgium


More upcoming projects...


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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes greater mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF was established in February 1997 by the participating governments of ASEM and has since implemented over 450 projects, engaging over 15,000 direct participants as well as reaching out to a much wider audience in Asia and Europe.

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