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Technological Revolution and Regional Order in East Asia Webinar Series

Against an increasingly tense backdrop of geopolitical competition, a new wave of rapid technological change is likely to transform the regional landscape of East Asia. 

This webinar series will examine the potential for fundamental, technologically-driven changes in the fields of politics, economics and security with a view to understanding the implications for the East Asian regional order.




Tuesday 24 NOVEMBER - 10:00-11:30 (CET)
Technology and politics: Challenges and opportunities for governance and democracy

Opening remarks 

  • Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri and
  • François Chih-chung Wu, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in France

Key themes

- Impact of emerging technologies on governance and state-society relations

- Technology as a facilitator of and a threat to authoritarian governance – the case of China

- Technology as a challenge and opportunity for democracy - a view from Taiwan

  • John Lee, Senior Analyst, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
  • Yeali Sun, Professor, Department of Information Management, National Taiwan University and a Commissioner in the National Communication Commission in Taiwan
  • Yumin Joo, Associate Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Moderated by John Seaman, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Wednesday 25 NOVEMBER - 10:00-11:15 (CET) 
Technology and Economics: Techno-nationalism VS techno-globalism in East Asia

Key themes

- Protectionism and globalism in East Asia

- Geopolitics and technology value chains

- The vendor dilemma and 5G roll-out in Northeast and Southeast Asia

  • Alex Capri, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School
  • Clara Gillispie, Senior Advisor, National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Huong Le Thu, Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Moderated by Françoise Nicolas, Senior Economist and Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Thursday 26 NOVEMBER - 10:00-11:00 (CET)
Technology and Security: Adapting to changing cyber security threats in East Asia 

Key themes

- Comparative analysis of cyber threats and their evolution in East Asia

- Digitization of critical infrastructure and growing security risks

- Conceiving of and preparing for cyber warfare

  • Jun Osawa, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS), Tokyo
  • Benjamin Ang, Senior Fellow, Deputy Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security, S Rajarathnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Moderated by Marc Julienne, Research Fellow and Head of China Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Monday 30 NOVEMBER - 10:30-11:30 (CET)
Assessing the scope of technological change, its impact on society and global order

A conversation with
Audrey Tang
Digital Minister, Taiwan

Animated and moderated by Thomas Gomart, Director, Ifri
with discussion from:

  • Alice Pannier, Research Fellow, Head of the Geopolitics of Technologies Program, Ifri
  • Marc Julienne, Research Fellow, Head of China Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Contact the organizers: 

To register, or for more information, contact: seaman@ifri.org.

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