Briefed the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Parliamentary Committee on November 21, 2018 in Brussels on China's investments in Europe & the EU's proposed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) screening mechanism. EFTA is a regional trade organization and free trade area consisting of four European states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
Winning Strategies in Times of Trade Dispute
The Merics podcast focussed on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Europe. It was taped in Berlin last where I participated in a closed door debate with German officials and other think tankers on the future of China's Belt and Road initiative and Europe's response:
Clip from Indian think tank ORF's Raisina Dialogue 2018 held in New Delhi. The panel I spoke on was "The End of the Liberal Order?" Panel was moderated by Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament & Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, India. Panelists included Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada; Ina Lepel, Director-General on Asia and the Pacific, Federal Foreign Office, Germany; James Carafano, Vice President, Foreign & Defense Policy Studies at Heritage; and Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Gave a presentation on "China's Role in the Black Sea-Eurasia Region" with a special emphasis on the PRC'S Belt and Road initiative at an event organized by the Marshall Center in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Panel discussion on Trump-Kim summit in Singapore and possible impact on the DPRK economy, East Asian economy and broader global implications.
“The Transatlantic Rift: Trump and Allies” at European Security at a Time of Transatlantic Uncertainty, organized and supported by NATO, Henry Jackson Society and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), London, UK.
Black Sea Security Program, Shared Challenges, Sustainable Future conference, Mihai Viteazul (NIIS), Harvard University and NIU-US, Bucharest, Romania, 30 May-4 June 2016.
Knowledge Exchange Forum, Opportunities for Cooperation in an Evolving STI System, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao (SPI) and Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of South California San Diego (IGCC), Brussels, Belgium.
"Peace on the Korean Peninsula: No Longer Out of Reach?" Globsec Bratislava Forum 2018, Bratislava, Slovakia, 17-19 May 2018.
Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Please join us if you can in Brussels on March 6 for a discussion of the Indo-Pacific and Quad. For further information see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-shifts-realizing-a-free-and-open-indo-pacific-tickets-43481186399?aff=ehomecard
NUPI – The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo, Norway, 5 March 2018.
Spoke at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, Belgium on "Prospects for the Russian economy in an election year" with World Bank Lead Economist for Russia, Apurva Sanghi, who presented his research on Russia, China & India.
Moderator of panel on "China’s Game in Europe: What Rules, What Stakes?" Lennart Meri conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Some themes discussed: Are current WTO rules fit for purpose? Should market access continue to be EU's main task? Is it possible to keep a strict separation between national security concerns and economic ones?
Raisina Dialogue 2018, New Delhi, India, spoke on the panel, "The End of the Liberal Order: The Beginning of the Asian Century?" which was moderated by Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament & Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, India with Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada; Ina Lepel, Director-General on Asia and the Pacific, Federal Foreign Office, Germany; James Carafano, Vice President, Foreign & Defense Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation; Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
(My comments begin around 25 minute mark and response to question at 49 minute mark.)
Theresa Fallon's presentation was on "Challenges to Maritime Security in Asia and Implications for Europe."
SESSION 2: Powers' Interactions and Rule-based Order in the South China Sea