CSIS Lecture Series on Regional Dynamics Long Distances, Close Links: the Europe and Asia Connection
26 Oct 2018 9.30 AM - 26 Oct 2018 11.00 AM
Deputy-Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues at the EU's External Action Service (EEAS)
From trade and investments to security, from sustainable development to climate, Asia and the European Union share both interests and challenges. Win-win solutions through connectivity, shared values and rules-based multilateralism are more needed than ever.
Days after the Asia-meets-Europe summit in Brussels, come and engage with Christian Leffler, Deputy-Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues at the EU's External Action Service (EEAS).
About the Speaker
Christian Leffler is Deputy-Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues at the EU's External Action Service (EEAS). Mr Leffler has previously held the post of Managing Director for the Americas (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean) at the EEAS and Deputy Director-General at the Commission's Directorate-General for Development. In 2010, he has acted as an adviser to the High Representative on issues concerning the creation of the EEAS. Prior to this he was head of Cabinet to Commission Vice President Margot Wallström. Mr Leffler began his career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He served at the Embassies in Egypt and France before going to Brussels in 1991 to participate in Sweden's EU accession negotiations. He has worked on institutional issues and external relations at the European Commission since 1996.
About the Lecture Series
CSIS Lecture Series on Regional Dynamics is one of the latest initiatives by CSIS’ recently reinvigorated Department of International Relations. This is a regular event that aims to broaden interests amongst policy makers, intellectuals and diplomatic community for the rapidly evolving dynamics in East Asia, as well as to generate critical yet constructive policy debates on prominent issues in the region. Our current focus on Regional Dynamics is an expanded version from our earlier China Study Group program.
Previous distinguished speakers include: Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (Malaysia’s Foreign Minister), Mark Field (United Kingdom’s Minister for Asia & the Pacific), Huang Xilian (Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN), Alexander A. Ivanov (Russian Ambassador to ASEAN), Bill Hayton (Asia Program of Chatham House), Yan Xuetong (Tsinghua University), and David Shambaugh (George Washington University).
Please be seated 10 minutes before the lecture starts