Elli Pohlkamp - 16 September, 2020
Shinzo Abe’s aggressive and successful diplomacy has helped make Japan a pillar of liberal democracy and a beneficiary of the rules-based international order. His successor has vowed to protect these interests.
Janka Oertel - 7 September, 2020
In its remaining months, the German Council presidency could use this momentum to create institutional structures to improve the EU’s capacity to act.
Nicu Popescu - 17 July, 2020
The more meekly the EU handles other powers’ aggressive tactics, the more they will be tempted to imitate each other in novel ways to ignore, challenge, and openly attack European interests.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 17 July, 2020
Iran’s rumoured talks with China on a partnership agreement could have significant economic benefits and provide it with valuable geopolitical bargaining chips.
Can Europe compete in today’s new geopolitical realities? Does the Union find itself in a technology war with China? And are at least cooperative solutions with China on climate policies possible? In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by Agatha Kratz,…
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Carl Bildt - 15 July, 2020
The relationship between the EU and India has vast potential in areas ranging from multilateral institutions to global health.
Nick Witney - 14 July, 2020
Whatever good reasons the British government may have to reverse its position on Huawei, the key factor has been a rebellion on its backbenches and a mood of righteous indignation about the behaviour of Xi Jinping’s China.
by Andrew Small - 13th May, 2020
The crisis is intensifying demands for Europe to puts its China policy on a more open, accountable, and values-based footing
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by Angela Stanzel - 12th July, 2018
China’s priorities are shifting towards the containment of security threats in its region, and Europe should capitalise on this trend.
by Camille Boullenois, Jiakun Jack Zhang, Melanie Hart, Blaine Johnson, Earl Wang - 20th June, 2018
Four views from our authors on Chinese and Taiwanese views of the roots of Trump's strategy and trade policy, and Chinese blind spots
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Technological Sovereignty and the Return of Geopolitics - Implications for Europe and Japan
Berlin - 06 Mar 20
ECFR hosts a discussion with a German MP and a Japanese professor of International Politics.
Europas Handlungsfähigkeit: Lektionen aus der 5G Debatte
Berlin - 21 Feb 20
Thema des ersten Foreign Policy Clubs im neuen Jahr ist die 5G-Debatte und Europas Souveränität in den Bereichen des Technologie und digitalen Entwicklung. Mit Dr. Janka Oertel.
« Hong Kong et les enjeux pour la Chine et le monde »
Paris - 24 Sep 19
Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter au premier Black Coffee Morning de la rentrée en présence de Sebastian Veg, directeur d'études à l'Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) de François Godement, conseiller pour l’Asie à l’Institut Montaigne, et modéré par Tara Varma, directrice du bureau de Paris de l’ECFR, sur le thème suivant : « Hong Kong et les enjeux pour la Chine et le monde »
EU-China relations in a new age of geopolitics - time to pick a side?
Professor Zhang Jian, Director of the CICIR Institute for European Studies will dicuss China's perspective on its relationship with the EU and its member states amid a growing geo-political rivalry with the US under president Trump.
What is Europe’s maritime security role in the South China Sea ?
Paris - 24 Jun 19
Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à un Black Coffee Morning en présence de Mathieu Duchâtel, Delphine O et John Nilsson-Wright, sur le thème suivant : « What is Europe’s maritime security role in the South China Sea ? ».
Can Europe compete in today’s new geopolitical realities? Does the Union find itself in a technology war with China? And are at least cooperative solutions with China on climate policies possible? In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by Agatha Kratz, Associate Director at Rhodium Group and expert on EU-China relations, Janka Oertel head of ECFR´s Asia programme as well as ECFR co-chair Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden. Together, they answer these questions and discuss if and how Germany – as current EU Council Presidency holder – can find ways to recalibrate the EU’s handling and approach to China.
A Europe Ready to Compete? EU-China relations and new geopolitical realities, Annual Council Meeting 2020
“Booster or Brake? COVID and the Belt and Road Initiative” by Agatha Kratz et al.
“In times of strategic confusion, deeper dialogue is a must” by Carl Bildt.
This podcast was recorded on 13 July 2020.
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- “The Adriatic Sea” by Harry Hodgkinson
Last year, the European Union published a strategic outlook in which it reviewed China as a partner, competitor and a strategic rival, creating a lively debate about the nature of the EU-China relations. However, this outlook was designed for a pre-corona world. How has covid-19 reshaped the EU-China relations? What changes to the global order will the pandemic bring? Who will be the main actors in the international arena? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard welcomed Lanxin Xiang, Professor in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Director of the Centre of One And One Road Studies, who shares his insights on the changing global order, China’s attitude towards the EU and the Chinese “wolf warrior diplomacy”
This podcast was recorded on 20 May 2020.
- "John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman" by Robert Skidelsky
- "The meaning of systemic rivalry: Europe and China beyond the pandemic" by Andrew Small
- "The post-coronavirus world is already here" by Josep Borrell
Covid-19 has upended life as we know it. While affecting business and politics within Europe, it also brings about a new set of questions with regard to our relationship with China. In this spiral of current events and increasing international mistrust, the Chinese leadership is trying very hard to shift the international narrative in its favour. The broader question of the future of EU-China relations predates the coronavirus crisis and has not disappeared, but becomes more urgent and existing fault lines become even more pronounced.
We discussed all these issues in a Virtual Pan-European Roundtable organized by ECFR Rome office with Janka Oertel, Director of ECFR Asia program with the participation of Mauro Petriccione, Director-General DG Climate Action and ECFR Council Member; Michele Geraci, Economist and former Economy Undersecretary and Filippo Fasulo, Director of the Italy-China research centre. The discussion was moderated by Alessandro Speciale, Head of Bloomber Rome Bureau.
Last week’s episode saw our experts dissecting the coronavirus’ implications for Europe. In today's episode, we’re breaking down how the crisis is unfolding in the rest of the world. From the Middle East to Russia and Asia, and all over across the Atlantic – what long-term effects could it have on these regions? And what does it mean for geopolitics, the global system and its institutions?
Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by the ECFR heads of programme Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison, Janka Oertel & Nicu Popescu to discuss how the virus is manifesting in these regions, and the implications it carries with it – and it doesn’t look too good. For all the gloominess this podcast will create, our experts recommend turning to poetry for some soul-healing. Recommendations below!
This podcast was recorded on 25 March 2020.
- "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S.Elliot
- "Happy Everyday" by Benjamin Zephaniah
- "MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman" by Ben Hubbard
- "Sandworm" by Andy Greenberg
- "The Pursuit of Power" by William H. McNeill
- "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by Cathy O'Neil
- "The Psychology of Pandemics. Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease" by Steven Taylor
- "The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating" by Josep Borrell
Last week the European Commission published its EU Toolbox on 5G Cyber Security, with the aim of aiding the member states in evaluating the risks associated with future usage of 5G infrastructure and networks. This was a step forward given the polarising debate surrounding the role of Chinese telecommunications firms like Huawei and ZTE within a future 5G network in Europe. The decision, however, will ultimately be a national one taken by individual member states. Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by Asia Programme Director Janka Oertel and Project Director of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung Jan-Peter Kleinhans to discuss the significance and implications of the toolbox and what this might mean for the EU.
This podcast was recorded on 5 February 2020.
- "The logic of strategic assets" by Jeffrey Ding and Allan Dafoe
- "The Path to Power" by Robert Caro
- "Clash of Empires: Currencies and Power in a Multipolar World" by Charles Gave and Louis Vincent Gave
- "All the Names" by Jose Saramago
Anthony Dworkin stands in for host Mark Leonard to talk about how China experienced 1989 back then and today. In some ways, it is more comparable to the changes 1968 provoked in the West, claims podcast guest and China expert Jeff Wasserstrom. Looking beyond the dreadful Tiananmen Square Massacre, how did China change after 1989 politically and socially? And can we draw a line from the protests back then to the ones in Hong Kong right now?
This podcast was recorded on 2 December 2019.
- "Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink" by Jeffrey Wasserstrom
- "Minjian: The Rise of China’s Grassroots Intellectuals" by Sebastian Veg
- Follow: Yangyang Cheng @yangyang_chen
Le podcast de notre BCM du 24 juin « What is Europe's maritime security role in the South China Sea? » en présence de Mathieu Duchâtel, directeur du programme Asie à l’Institut Montaigne, Delphine O, ambassadrice et secrétaire générale de la Conférence mondiale de l’ONU et John Nilsson-Wright, senior fellow au programme AsiaPacific de Chatman House.
Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and speaks with Janka Oertel and Sebastian Mallaby about US-China trade talks, their relationship and Europe’s role. The podcast was recorded on 30 January 2019.
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Die Neuerfindung der Diktatur by Kai Strittmatter