China’s army-centric military structure – based on a 1950’s Soviet model – had long mismatched the country’s status as world’s second largest economy. This Alert looks at how the push for military reforms reflects Beijing’s changing domestic and regional priorities.
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Eva Pejsova joined the EUISS in January 2014. She works on the Asia-Pacific region, following security developments in East Asia, EU-Asia relations and maritime security issues. She also manages regular dialogues with EU’s strategic partners in Asia and coordinates the EU membership at the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP).
Eva holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, with a focus on maritime cooperation in Asia and China-Japan relations. With a degree in Japanese and International Relations, she has previously worked with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the office of the French prime minister, the OECD and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).
Her research interests focus mostly on maritime and security cooperation in East Asia, including regional cooperative mechanisms, sovereignty disputes, as well as overall questions of good governance and environmental security. In view of promoting the EU’s security role in Asia, she also deals with questions of regional integration, multilateralism and confidence-building in Northeast and South-East Asia.
12 February 2016
As both China and India scramble for influence in the region, the ocean looks increasingly like the board of Go – the great encircling game. Is there a maritime governance role there for the EU? One which allows it to finally develop its strategic partnership with the South Asian giant?
14 January 2016
The EU is the largest contributor to the ASEAN Secretariat and the bi-regional relationship now goes beyond trade and institutional capacity-building. As a result, forging a more institutionalised EU-ASEAN ‘strategic partnership’ in 2016 appears not only the easiest, but also the most logical choice for both parties.
20 November 2015
The CSCAP EU Committee held its third annual meeting in Brussels on Friday 20 November. The meeting was also included as part of the expert outreach and consultation process for the preparation of the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy.
07 October 2015
This Alert examines China’s elaborate celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of its victory in the Pacific War. What do they reveal about Beijing’s military priorities? And perhaps more importantly, what do they indicate about the country’s domestic politics?
26 June 2015
Much like the European Union, several ASEAN countries are now facing a migrant boat crisis. But mindsets and attitudes towards the issue differ markedly. What are the root causes of the plight of the Rohingya? And what obstacles are there to addressing their suffering in a comprehensive manner at a regional level?
18 June 2015
Jointly organised with the Korean National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), and supported by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EEAS, the second conference on the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative (NAPCI) and the European experience took place on 18-19 June in Brussels.
09 April 2015
This report explores the driving sources of tension in Northeast Asia’s three maritime disputes, focusing in particular on developments that have occurred since the late 2000s. At the same time, it examines the existing and emerging forms of maritime cooperation – in the form of various schemes for the joint development of resources in the region – so as to highlight the possible ways forward.
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