Events

ACAF: China’s Belt and Road Initiative – regional responses and implications

6 March 2018 |  16:00 - 17:30

The next Asia Current Affairs Forum (ACAF) will take place at Café Dudok in the Hague on the 6th of March, with China's Belt and Road initiative as the topic. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has received a great deal of attention since it was first announced in a speech by President Xi Jinping in autumn 2013. With projects totaling as much as $900 billion, covering 60 countries, 4 billion people and approximately one-third of global GDP, China’s BRI has the potential to radically transform the East Asian region.

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Cooperation with civil society under changing conditions

12 March 2018 |  19:30 - 21:30

(Date has been changed) Human rights have since long been a cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy. The Dutch government has over the past years aimed to cooperate with civil society actors to improve human rights conditions worldwide. It has not gone unnoticed, however, that civil society is facing growing pressure in many countries.Three case studies, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia will  be presented and discussed during a public seminar on the 12th of March 2018.

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The New Silk Road: Implications for higher education and research cooperation between China and Europe

19 March 2018 |  13:00 - 17:00

Recent geopolitical events such as Brexit and the US turning its back on international trade and cooperation create waves of uncertainty in higher education regarding international cooperation, the free movement of students, academics, scientific knowledge, and ideas. Meanwhile, China is launching new global initiatives with its New Silk Road (or Belt and Road Initiative), which could potentially span and integrate major parts of the world across the Euro-Asian continents. But likely on new and different conditions, also for higher education.

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‘Aging Japan’ Closing Conference

24 April 2018 |  10:00 - 17:30

Japan is rapidly aging. Currently, one in eight Japanese is older than 75, and predictions indicate that by 2030 nearly one-third of Japanese will belong to the elderly category. This rapid demographic shift is not an isolated Japanese phenomenon, but rather a sign of a global trend. The Netherlands, too, is faced with a growing elderly population.

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