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Ifri Paris
from 09:30 to 17:30
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Competing Worldviews and the Changing Order in Asia

As the regional balance of power in Asia continues to evolve and tensions in a number of hot spots - from the Korean Peninsula to the East and South China Seas and the Taiwan Strait - either simmer or intensify, the future of regional stability is increasingly uncertain. Within this context, the region's major players are elaborating strategies, from the "Belt and Road" to a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific", that could either prove sources of greater stability, or of division and further tension. This conference will bring together points of view from across the region to discuss the latest developments and broader trends, and delve more deeply into the risks to stability on the Korean peninsula, and the implications for Asia's shifting geo-economic order.

09:30 - Opening Remarks

  • Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri
  • Zhang Ming-zhong, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in France


09:45 - Systemic change in Asia and the future of the regional order

Interactive debate moderated by Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

  • Seong Whun Cheon, Visiting Research Fellow, ASAN Institute for Policy Studies, Seoul
  • Cheng-yi Lin, Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taipei
  • Harsh V. Pant, Distinguished Fellow and Head of the Security Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
  • Dingli Shen, Professor, Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC
  • Dmitry Streltsov, Head, Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO, Moscow
  • Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow, Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo

11:45 - Coffee break


12:00 - France's strategic vision towards Asia

  • Pauline Carmona, Deputy Director for Asia, Ministry for Europe and International Affairs, France

12:45 - Lunch break


14:00 - What options for stability on the Korean peninsula?

  • Seong Whun Cheon, Visiting Research Fellow, ASAN Institute, and former Secretary to the President of the Republic of Korea for Security Strategy (2014-17)
  • Discussants: Dingli Shen (Fudan University), Sheila Smith (Council on Foreign Relations), Dmitry Streltsov (MGIMO), Hideshi Tokuchi (GRIPS)
  • Moderator: Alice Ekman, Research Fellow, Head of China Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

15:30 - Coffee break


15:45 - The changing geo-economic order in Asia and implications for European trade policy

  • Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
  • Heungchong Kim, Senior Research Fellow, former Vice President, Korean Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
  • Zhang Ming-zhong, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in France
  • Moderator: Patrick Messerlin, Emeritus Professor, Sciences Po, Paris


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Summary - Annual Conference of the Center for Asian Studies, Ifri - 12 December 2017