The contours of a new world order

19 March 2018 - 13:00 - 14:00
Shada Islam, Bruno Maçães

The event is part of our new ‘Book Club’ series, an exclusive series of events that proves books still matter. In each 60-minute session, participants have a chance to put their questions to authors of critically-acclaimed books, tackling some of the key issues that will shape Europe and the world in the months and years to come. Participation is by invitation only.

12.30 - 13.00

Welcome and registration of participants

13.00 - 14.00

Imagine an undivided Eurasia linked by strong trade, infrastructure, economic and digital connections where people, goods and services can move around freely and ideas flow just as smoothly across borders. Ambitious new connectivity blueprints – including China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, Russia’s Eurasian economic cooperation plans and Europe’s Trans-Europe Networks scheme- have the potential of drawing Eurasia together into a massive market covering 70% of the world’s population, 75% of energy resources, and 70% of GDP. Challenges abound of course, including in the security domain. But Eurasian integration could be a game-changing development with vital implications for Europe, Asia and global economic relations in the 21st Century.

Friends of Europe is delighted to welcome Bruno Maçães, former Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, to discuss his recently-launched book 'The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order'. Weaving together history, diplomacy and real-life accounts from his six-month overland journey across Eurasia from Baku to Samarkand, Vladivostock to Beijing, Maçães provides a fascinating portrait of an-already shifting geopolitical landscape.

Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


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Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Bruno Maçães
Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs (2013-2015)
Bruno Maçães is currently a Senior Advisor at Flint Global, advising companies on international politics, and is also a Senior Fellow at Renmin University, Beijing and the Hudson Institute in Washington. Maçães was formerly the Portuguese Europe Minister, and was decorated by Spain and Romania for his services to government. He has written for the Financial Times, Politico, the Guardian and Foreign Affairs, and appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and CCTV. He most recently published a book titled ‘The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order’ in which he argues that the distinction between Europe and Asia has disappeared.
Clotilde Sipp, Senior Programme Manager
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 12

This event is by invitation only.
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