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Representatives of the Asian Women Parliamentarian Caucus condemn the assasination attempt against Hon. Shukria Barakzai

Just a month ago, a group of Asian women parliamentarians gathered in Singapore to discuss common policy areas and steps forward to forge stronger women's political participation in the region. Hon. Shukria Barakzai, Member of Parliament Afghanistan was one of the delegates who actively contributed to the discussions. Just this week on the 16th of November, the caucus heard the news of her attack in Kabul and publish the following statement to express solidarity against the attack. more…

Country Reports | November 19, 2014

Europe - Surging Forward

Has Europe failed? If one reads some of the critical comments of recent years, this impression may actually arise. Does all this together mean that the project of ever closer European Union is unrealistic, and that EU member states should instead rely more on national forces again and seek to step away from integration into common European structures and institutions? For this issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs, we have asked authors from different European countries to analyze the European integration and the European Union from their points of view. more…

Country Reports | October 6, 2014

Trafficking in Human Beings

Learning from Asian and European Experiences

Europe and Asia are closely linked on the issue of human trafficking. A large number of Asian nationals are being trafficked and smuggled to Europe to work in the sex industry, as berry pickers or in labour-intensive industries. In this context, closer cooperation between Europe and Asia is desirable. In order to contribute to the understanding of the current developments and initiatives on trafficking in human beings, this publication includes papers with perspectives from Europe and Asia. What are the current trends? What strategies do countries apply? How can they cooperate? more…

Patrick Rüppel | September 25, 2014

Conference "Climate Diplomacy and Urban Resilience"

A landmark conference took place on 4-5 September in Yangon, Myanmar to enhance discussions between European and Asian partners on “Climate Diplomacy and Urban Resilience”. The dialogue was organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Regional Programme Political Dialogue with Asia (KAS) in cooperation with UN-Habitat and was part of the EU-Asia Dialogue, which is funded by the European Union and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. In total, 97 people from 20 countries attended the conference. more…

Patrick Rüppel | Event Reports | September 5, 2014

More than a game: Sports, Society and Politics

In this edition of the Panorama, we explore the relationship between sports and politics and the impact it has on societies globally. Although the adage says that sports and politics do not mix, sports is actually more than just a game. Sports and sporting events serve a wide variety of political purposes, ranging from a supposed symbol for peace to a staging ground for rivalries at the local, regional, national and international levels. more…

July 17, 2014