3rd ASIA AND PACIFIC DAY
"Security in the Asia-Pacific and Challenges for the International Law-Based Order"
13 November (Tuesday) 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sejm of the Republic of Poland (Column Hall)
Wiejska Street 4/6/8, Main Entrance
09:00-09:15 Welcome Remarks
09:15-09:30 Opening Speech
- Ryszard Terlecki, Vicemarshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland
- Sławomir Dębski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs
- Jacek Czaputowicz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
09:30-11:00 Panel 1: Asia-Pacific: a New Centre of Power or Source of Instability?
- Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, former President of Mongolia
- Melissa Conley Tyler, National Executive Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Canberra
- Ralf Emmers, Associate Dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
- Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Director of Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), Bangkok
- Shada Islam, Director of Europe and Geopolitics Programme, Friends of Europe, Brussels
- Chair: Sławomir Dębski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Panel 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Poland in the Asia-Pacific Region
- Marek Pęk, Senator, Vice-President of Senate Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee
- Grzegorz Czelej, Senator, President of Polish-Chinese Parliamentary Group
- Marek Matuszewski, Deputy to Sejm, President of Polish-Singaporean Parliamentary Group
- Bartosz Cichocki, Undesecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Chair: Patrycja Sasnal, Deputy Head of Research Office, Polish Institute of International Affairs
12:30-13:00 Q&A Session
13:00-13:15 Concluding Remarks
- Krzysztof Szczerski, Secretary of State, Chief of the Cabinet of the President
After previously focusing on Asia’s place in Polish foreign policy and prospects for economic cooperation, this year’s Asia-Pacific Day will concentrate on the security and political situation in the region.
Experts from top analytical institutions in the Asia-Pacific will present the Asian perspective regarding the recent developments taking place on the continent. The panelists will discuss, among others, how the regional balance of power and security is affected by the rise of China, including its Belt and Road Initiative. What does the American vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific mean to the region? Will denuclearization talks lead to a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and improve the stability of East Asia? What are the main traditional and non-traditional threats to security and international law in the region? And how can the European Union become a more prominent security and political actor in the Asia Pacific region?
In the second session, Polish parliamentarians and government representatives will reflect on the significance of processes taking place in the Asia-Pacific region for Poland? What interests, aside from economic cooperation, does Poland have in this region? Does the non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council give Poland an opportunity to influence the situation on the continent? Why perseverance of international laws in the region is important for Europe? What effects will the US-China rivalry in Asia have on Polish foreign policy? And how can parliamentary diplomacy help advance Poland's goals in relations with Asian countries?