Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels and Friends of Europe invited you to join leading Asian and European security experts for a high-level conference on "The Asian Paradox: rising wealth, lingering tensions" on November 10th in Brussels. We discussed Asia's security challenges and see whether the region can maintain its economic growth in the face of unresolved territorial disputes, historical animosities, strident nationalism and a rise in arms spending.
• How effective are the current security structures in Asia to deal with the old and new challenges?
• Are there any lessons for Asia from Europe’s experience in reconciling adversaries as well as conflict resolution and management?
• Should Asia create a NATO-like regional alliance and what is the outlook for greater cooperation between NATO and Asian nations?
• Nur Hassan Wirajuda was Indonesia’s foreign minister from 2001 to 2009, and is currently on the council of presidential advisors.
• Chunjuan Nancy Wei is Associate Professor of East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies at the University of Bridgeport, USA.
• Kimie Hara is Director of East Asian Studies and Renison Research Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
• Jamie Shea is Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division and a Trustee of Friends of Europe.
• Ong Keng Yong was Secretary-General of ASEAN from 2003 to 2007, and is now Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.
• Michael Reiterer is Principal Adviser at the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service.
• Kongdan Katy Oh Hassig is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Asia Scholar at the Institute for Defense Analyses.