21 Mar 2022

Event time: 03/24/2022 11:00 am - 03/24/2022 1:00 pm

Timezone: Bucharest Time

Short description: Hybrid Round Table Discussion

Add to Calendar 03/24/2022 11:00 am 03/24/2022 1:00 pm Bucharest Time Round Table Discussion and Launch of the “Asia’s Century” project Hybrid Round Table Discussion

If the 20th century was considered mainly America’s century, there are more and more arguments for profiling the 21st century as Asia’s century. “The West has been at the forefront of the world history for almost 200 years. Now it has to learn to share, even abandon, that position and adapt to a world it can no longer dominate.” (see Kishore MAHBUBANI)

“The superiority complex is hard to cure. Nobody in Europe is longing for a return to empire (well, nobody in continental Europe at least). Most Americans still pretend they never even had an empire. But Europeans and Americans that we are entitled to dominate international politics and that it is perfectly natural that the EU and the US are the wealthiest places on Earth. Deep down, we feel that we have merited this through our hard work – the implication being that if other people are less well off, they have merited that also. The reality is, of course, that we created the international order to our economic benefit.” (Sven BISCOP, Egmont Foundation)

Under the current circumstances of increasing global interdependences, there is a need for the EU to overcome its “superiority complex” (see Egmont Foundation) and to work towards an in-depth understanding of Asia. At the same time, Asia needs to develop a better understanding of the EU and its complexity, the diversity of the Member States, and the potential of cooperation.

“Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is that Europe well knows there is no alternative – and therefore is multilateral. Asia thinks it has an alternative – and therefore is strikingly bilateral, while stubbornly residing enveloped in economic egoisms. No wonder that Europe is/will be able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize its successes”. (Anis BAJREKTAREVIC, IFIMES)

Project objectives

This project aims to contribute to reducing tensions among various EU countries and countries from Asia and to facilitate communication and cooperation among them. It is also aimed at overcoming barriers generated by the current pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine crisis, as well as to contribute to resuming direct interinstitutional and human contacts.

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Moderator: Dr. Liviu MUREȘAN, President, EuroDefense Romania


11:00 – 11:10 Opening Remarks: Flavius CABA – MARIA, President, MEPEI Romania


11:10 – 12:15 Keynote Speeches

Guest Speaker: Prof. Anis BAJREKTAREVIC, Department Head for Strategic Studies on Asia, International Institute for the Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), IFIMES Permanent Representation to Austria and Vienna-based IOs

Dr. Werner FASSLABEND, President, the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), President EuroDefense Austria, and former Minister of Defense of Austria (1990-2000), AustriaOn-line intervention

Prof. Teodor MELEȘCANU, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Prof. Adrian SEVERIN, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Amb. Viorel ISTICIOAIA-BUDURA, career diplomat, former Ambassador of Romania to People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea. As an European official was Head of the Asia-Pacific Department with European External Action Service and Ambassador of the EU to Japan – On-line intervention

Dr. Alexandru GEORGESCU, Strategic Analyst, EuroDefense Romania


12:15 – 12:50 Q&A Session


12:50 – 13:00 Closing Remarks


Media partners


MEPEI – Middle East Political and Economic Institute

EuroDefense Romania



IFIMES – International Institute for the Middle East and Balkan Studies

ICI – National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics

AIES – Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy


Media Partner:

Financial Intelligence



Marshal Garden Hotel, Panoramic 2 Conference Hall

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