“Europe in Crisis: How a Fractured European Union May Affect Japan”, a Conversation with Mr Bill Emmott


  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•10•24    18:30 - 19:30

    On 24 October 2016, UNU will host “Europe in Crisis: How a Fractured European Union May Affect Japan”, a conversation with Mr Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, and independent writer, lecturer, and consultant on international affairs. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The European Union has long been considered a successful example of a post-modern system of supranational governance. But with Britain’s recent decision to leave the EU, along with states bitterly divided over how to cope with refugee flows and much of the continent hovering near economic stagnation, Europe has become a source of potential risk.

    Mr Bill Emmott will join Mr Sebastian von Einsiedel (Director, UNU Centre for Policy Research) for a conversation exploring the recent geopolitical trends in Europe. The discussion will examine whether Europe can rebound from its current challenges or will head towards increased nationalism and protectionism, and what this could mean for Asia, and in particular, Japan.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 23 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Bill Emmott is an independent writer, lecturer, and consultant on international affairs. He is the non-executive director of the Ofcom, the communications regulator of the United Kingdom, and chair of its content board.

    In 1980, he joined The Economist‘s Brussels office, writing about the European Economic Community and Benelux Union countries. In 1982, he became the paper’s economics correspondent in London, and the following year moved to Tokyo to cover Japan and South Korea. In 1986, he returned to London as the finance editor and, in 1989, became the business affairs editor, responsible for The Economist‘s coverage of business, finance, and science. He was appointed as editor in 1993, a position he held until 2006.

    Mr Emmott has published thirteen books, produced documentaries, and co-founded The Wake Up Foundation, an educational charity that raises public awareness of the dangerous trends currently under way in Western societies. He contributes regularly to La Stampa, Nikkei Business, and Project Syndicate, and has also written frequently for The Times, Prospect, and The Financial Times.

    Mr Emmott is a member of the President’s Council of the University of Tokyo; a visiting professor at Shujitsu University in Okayama, Japan; a Lemann Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in the University of Oxford; a member of the All Nippon Airways UK advisory panel; and a member of the senior advisory panel of Critical Resource.

    Mr Emmott studied philosophy, politics and economics at Magdalen College and conducted postgraduate research at Nuffield College, both at the University of Oxford. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Warwick, City, University of London, and Northwestern University, and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.


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