EAST Jean Monnet network launched at conference in Berlin

The first conference of the EAST network took place at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin 17th-18 January, attended by two FASoS members of staff and one student. EAST (EU-Asia Security and Trade) is a € 300,000 Jean Monnet network dedicated to security and trade relations between the EU and Asia. The network brings together scholars from Europe, the Asia-Pacific and North America to produce two edited volumes on EU-Asia relations.

EAST is coordinated by Professor Thomas Christiansen, who is also co-editor of the volume on security relations. Dr Johan Adriaensen is a co-editor of the book on trade relations. 2nd year Research Master European Studies student Aslak Veierud Busch is a research assistant in the project.

Each volume consists of cooperative chapters written by experts on the EU and Asia based in the two regions, and brings together junior and senior scholars. The conference in Berlin is the first of four conferences in the EAST project, bringing together contributors and partners based in Europe. The second conference will take place in Singapore in April, where the Asian counterparts will have a similar conference. The third and fourth workshop in Seoul and Melbourne, dedicated to the volumes on security and trade respectively, will gather all contributors to meet and coordinate before publication and dissemination in Brussels in 2021.

Next to conferences and books, EAST will also host a PhD school, guest lectures and award student and teaching prizes. EAST consists of seven partners: Maastricht University, the University of Essex, Korea University, the University of Melbourne, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore and Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome.

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