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Home to some of the world’s most ancient civilizations, East Asia (involving the modern states of China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, and South Korea) has never been unimportant in history. Today, this region has an increasingly significant role to play in shaping the world economically, politically, and culturally. Yet, the world still lacks knowledge about the region, which may turn into an impediment to engage this region in global governance and the international development agenda more deeply and constructively. 

The Ambassadors' Roundtable aims to provide a platform for participants to learn more about the conflicts and consensus between European and East Asian countries in the field of diplomacy and to hear the voices of those working on the front line of international affairs.

Our Speakers


Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel

Former Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2014-2019), Distinguished Alumnus of IHEID.


H.E. Mr. Michael Clauss

Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union (since 2018), former Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the People’s Republic of China (2013-2018).

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H.E. Mr. Jari Gustafsson

Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the Hellenic
Republic and the Republic of Albania (since 2020). Former
Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Japan (2009-2013)
and the People’s Republic of China (2013-2015).

Former Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea (2017-2020); Deputy head of Mission/minister at the EU delegation to Japan, distinguished Professor at CSDS of the Brussels School of Governance, distinguished alumni of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Dr. Michael Reiterer


Ambassadors roundtable

The Ambassadors roundtable is specifically designed to provide the audience with a platform to bridge the knowledge gap on European foreign policy practice with East Asian countries. In
order to achieve this objective, we believe that knowledge sharing by diplomatic practitioners who have devoted their careers to addressing such issues is indeed the best practice.


• To provide an overview on the foreign policy stances towards East Asian states of individual EU member states, as well as the EU as a whole;
• To showcase the strategic interest of European states in East Asia, be it economic, political, or other forms of interest;
• To showcase the potential differences in foreign relation approaches towards China, between the EU/and its member states and Switzerland as a non-EU state;
• To provide a platform for discussion on the future of the EU as an actor in international relations in a multipolar world, especially during the current US-China confrontation.

Diplomatic perspectives on
Europe and East Asia

Wednesday, October 13th 2021

17:00 - 18:30 CET


Online [Webex]

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