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KEUR 2375A - Europe and Asia in the Trump Era

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There are no formal prerequisites for this class. You can prepare by reading the followings : PESJOVA Eva and BANIM Guy, “Prevention better than cure: the EU's quiet diplomacy in Asia”, EUISS, June 7, 2017 “China and the EU”, EEAS webpage, Updated May 11, 2016 “China's investment in influence: the future of 16+1 cooperation”, China Analysis, ECFR, December 2016

Course Description

The President of the European Council recently reaffirmed that “in a changing world, Asia and Europe need to deepen ties”, yet, relations between the two global regions and their dynamics, so as the impact of the election of Donald Trump in the United States on them, are difficult to assess. That course strikes a balance between breadth and depth, and aims at giving an overview of current relations between the EU – and its members states - and East Asian countries, focusing on their economic, political and security links. If relations between the EU and China will be a central issue, relations between the EU and like-minded democracies will also be mentioned. Outside speakers will intervene on a regular basis to interact with the students and provide key analysis on specific topics.


BONDAZ, Antoine L. (PhD, Researcher)

Pedagogical format

The class will be highly interactive and stress communication and analytic skills. Before the class, students will be able to raise any questions they are interested in via the use of the Moodle platform so that the instructor and outside speakers can better meet their needs and expectations. Outside speakers will be academics, foreign diplomats and French officials.

Course validation

To validate, students are expected to actively participate and interact with the speakers (10%); write a book chapter/article commentary (1000 words) that will be briefly presented to the class (30%); (3) write a short policy-brief (2000 words) to inform decision leaders about a key issue related to Europe-Asia relations (60%).


There will be one required reading as preparation for each of the two-hours lecture. In addition, students are strongly recommended to read more broadly about the topic of their policy brief due at the end of the semester.

Required reading

  • CHRISTIANSEN, Thomas, KIRCHNER, Emil, et MURRAY, Philomena B. (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • GODEMENT, François et VASSELIER, Abigael, China at the gates: A new power audit of EU-China relations, European Council on Foreign Relations, 2017
  • HUOTARI, Mikko, OTERO-IGLESIAS, Miguel, SEAMAN, John, et al. (ed.), Mapping Europe-China relations: a bottom-up approach, Mercator Institute for China Studies, 2015.
  • « EU-ASEAN relations, factsheet », EEAS, Updated August 3, 2017