The Far East and Europe: A Maritime Security Perspective

28 Nov 2014 13:00

Asia represents a paradox for Europe in so as it is the place where increasing amounts of its economic prosperity is generated but it is also the place of great political tension. China’s rise as a regional hegemon does not sit easy in South Korea, Japan, Vietnam or Australia. The United Kingdom and France are engaged in the region, but a number of European countries still see the region as a distant concern. Can European countries such as Germany afford not to engage with Asian countries beyond a mere economic basis? What are Europe’s security interests in the region and what realistic role can Europe play?

with Dr. Alessio Patalano, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Dr. Alessio Patalano is a Lecturer in War Studies in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and he specialises in Japanese naval history and strategy and contemporary maritime issues in East Asia. Patalano is also the Director of the Asian Security & Warfare Research Group and Research Associate at the King’s China Institute. Since 2006, Patalano has been a Visiting Lecturer in Naval Strategy and East Asian Security at the Italian Naval War College (ISMM), Venice. In Japan, he has been a Visiting Scholar at Aoyama Gakuin University and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), both in Tokyo, and he is currently Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan. He was nominated for the Excellence of Teaching Award, King’s College London, for two consecutive times during the academic years 2009-10, and 2010-11.

This was the seventh lecture of the IES Autumn Lecture Series 2014: "The Future of European Geostrategy" jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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