CPI-FCO Seminar Series
At the start of the academic year 2016/17, the long-standing relationship between the CPI and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London was put on a more formal footing with the establishment of our exciting new CPI-FCO Seminar Series.
The series, which covers a variety of activities including seminars, roundtables and other outreach events across the academic year, brings together academic experts and external stakeholders in the FCO, providing a much-needed forum for knowledge exchange and fostering evidence-based policymaking.
The Political and Economic Implications of One Belt One Road (OBOR)
This briefing event focused on a range of political and economic implications of China's OBOR initiative in Central Asia, Russia, Pakistan and India, and the way in which it interacts with other Chinese activity in IFIs, particularly the AIIB.
Contributors included Mr Rafaello Pantucci (Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute), Dr Chun-yi Lee (Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham) and Dr Natasha Kuhrt (Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King's College London).
The discussion was chaired by series co-ordinator Dr Sarah Dauncey (Associate Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham).
China, Taiwan and Regional Security
This first briefing event at the FCO in London explored the changing dynamics of East Asian security in light of political changes in the China-Taiwan relationship. Contributors included Mr J. Michael Cole (CPI Senior Fellow and Associate Researcher at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China), Professor Christopher Hughes (Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics), and Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu (Lecturer in Chinese Politics, University of Southampton). The discussion was chaired by Dr Jonathan Sullivan (Director of the China Policy Institute and Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham).
The Future of UK-China Relations after Brexit
This roundtable brought together key experts from both the FCO and The University of Nottingham to discuss the implications of the Brexit decision on UK-China relations.
Our panelists included Mr John Pearson (Deputy Head of the China desk at the FCO), Professor Andreas Bieler (Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham), and Dr Chun-yi Lee (Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham).
The discussion was chaired by Dr Jonathan Sullivan (Director of the China Policy Institute and Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham).
CPI fellow Dr Andreas Fulda participated in the FCO's 23rd UK-China Human Rights Dialogue. Dr Fulda engaged with the Chinese delegation in the day-long expert panel. Dr Fulda also shared best conferencing practices (in particular, a recommendation for more participatory formats) developed during The University of Nottingham's EU-China Civil Society Dialogue Programme (2011-14) with Lucy Monaghan, Andrew Plummer, and Chris Bond from the FCO China Department.
CPI Director Dr Jonathan Sullivan and non-resident senior fellows, Dr Dafydd Fell (Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies) and Professor Christopher Hughes (Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics), briefed the incoming UK Representative to Taiwan, Catharine Netterton, on recent political developments in Taiwan and in cross-Strait relations. Dr Sullivan and Dr Fell also met with Chinese officials dealing with Taiwan policy in Shanghai earlier in the month.
January and July 2016
Dr Qianlan Wu (Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Nottingham) organised two round-table discussion workshops on China's conception of the rule of law and its impact on market governance at the FCO in London. The workshops aimed to stimulate knowledge exchanges on Chinese law and market among academics, practitioners and policy makers.
November and December 2015
Dr Qianlan Wu (Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Nottingham) gave three seminars on Chinese law and market to the FCO in London. The seminars focused on China's conception of the rule of law, the law making process in China and international legal norms on market governance and China.
For more information about all of our FCO engagement events and activities, please contact the series co-ordinator, Dr Sarah Dauncey.