Ties that Bind? The Future of ASEAN-EU Relations in times of uncertainty

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
3:30 PM
5:00 PM
SS Conference Room 1-2

Ties that bind? The future of ASEAN – EU relations in times of uncertainty


The lecture explores the political relations between ASEAN and the EU. Since the start of their dialogue more than 40 years ago trade has always been the cornerstone of the inter-regional relationship. Both organizations, however, have committed themselves to foster increased engagement in other policy areas such as security, energy or environmental affairs. More so, in the context of an emerging multipolar world order, ASEAN and the EU are both seen as important stakeholders. While aiming for stronger relations with each other, both regional organizations are facing internal and external challenges: Brexit, assertive foreign policies of neighbor states such as Russia and China, tenuous regional integration processes, and uncertainty over the role of the U.S. under the Trump presidency to name but a few.

In light of the aforementioned challenges the lecture will try to discuss the prospects, as well as the limitations, of closer ASEAN – EU cooperation with special attention given to matters related to foreign and security policy. In the lecture analytical focus will not only be given to the changes in international politics. On the contrary the relations between ASEAN and the EU are conceived of as a two-level game derived from the interplay of domestic and international politics in the respective member states of both organizations. 

About the speaker: 

Dr Felix Heiduk is currently a Research Associate for Asia at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He was previously a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a post-doc fellow at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and a researcher at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Jakarta. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin in 2008. His current research interests include Security Studies, Transitions from Authoritarianism to Democracy, Civil-Military Relations, Security Sector Reform and Southeast Asian Affairs and has been published in many peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Contemporary European Research among others.

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