10 Years of the Eastern Partnership: From Prague to Brussels and Where to Go Next?
In 2019, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) celebrated its 10th birthday during the sixth EaP high-level meeting in Brussels, and the time has come to reflect on its past, present and future developments.
An important milestone for the Eastern Partnership will be the year of 2020, when the implementation phase of the 20 reform points for 2020 will come to an end. In addition, by 2020, many points from the associated agreements as well as the bilateral agenda will have to be delivered by both the EU and EaP countries. This is particularly true in case of Ukraine, but to a lesser extent also Georgia and Moldova. This means that after 2020 there will be a need for a new set of interactions.
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9th round of AMO Lectures for Young Asia Scholars program
In May 2019, the 9th round of AMO Lectures for Young Asia Scholars program was successfully finished.
Thanks to the support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, the Association for International Affairs organized two public lectures with over 90 participants as well as several networking events for ALYAS participants and alumni. This year ALYAS participants also had a chance to take part in a total of 9 expert group and 4 working group sessions. AMO was able to invite to Prague world-leading scholars, such as Professor Paul Irwin Crookes, Director of Graduate Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford, Dr. Jue Wang, Assistant Professor at the Leiden University and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs or Helena Legarda, Research Associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). Throughout the program, ALYAS participants enhanced their understanding of crucial issues that play an important role in Asia’s future prospects. Topics discussed included: Taiwan v. United Front: China’s cyber-enabled disinformation campaign against Taiwan; China’s emergence as a global security actor and its consequences for Europe-China relations; The human rights dimension of EU-China relations; East Asian investment in the Czech Republic and the impact of Czech foreign policy on their development; Security dynamics in South-East and East Asia and its implications for technological development of armed forces; Politics of EU-China Economic Relations; Origins and implications of China’s recent economic slowdown; Korean Peninsula and the Czech Republic in the Current Geopolitical Context or Chinese influence in Central Europe.
ALYAS 2019 participants formed a diverse, international and talented group which actively participated in all parts of the program. They had a chance to get practical experience and learn new skills by working on real-world problems with mentors from both the public and private sector. The mentors came from leading institutions such as the Czech Embassy in Beijing, Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NUKIB) or GOVIN Group. To conclude, the 9th round of ALYAS program was a success.
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