VENUE: CPA Room, Westminster Hall,House of Commons,
Palace of Westminster, SW1A 1AA
Professor David Martin Jones Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland
Dr. Shanker Singham Trade and Competition Lawyer; Adviser to Governments and Companies
Shashank Joshi Senior Research Fellow, RUSI
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Asia is often described as a paradox: on the one hand, it has become the engine of growth for the global economy: it is predicted by the Asian Development Bank to comprise 52% of the global economy by 2050. It also represents much of humanity, with 4.4 billion of the world population (60% of the total). On the other hand, it also suffers from increasing regional tensions, rising powers, and rapidly growing defence spending. In the light of the tumultuous events of the UK Brexit vote and US Presidential election, this event seeks to look at current British foreign, trade and security in the region, in order to chart a British posture for the area. Britain has long had historic links to the region with India, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, among others. How Britain manages its trade relationships with regional markets like ASEAN, and how it how it navigates the region’s geopolitics between China, Japan and the United States, will have a very real impact on the lives of ordinary Britons.
By kind invitation of Sir Hugo Swire, KCMG, MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Professor David Martin Jones, Dr Shanker Singham and Shashank Joshi. These three illustrious speakers will shed light on the current state of Britain’s foreign policy in Asia and will ask: How should Britain go forward in these areas? And what shoals and reefs should the British ship of state avoid, if it is to become a successful multidimensional power in the region?
Professor David Martin Jones is a Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland and a fellow at the London-based think tank, the Policy Exchange. He holds postgraduate degrees from McMaster University (Canada) and the London School of Economics and Political Science and has taught the history of political ideas, political development and the problem of democratisation and state security in Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. He has held visiting professorship positions at the War Studies Department, Kings College, University of London and in the Southeast Asian Studies Department of the University of Malaya as well as a university fellowship at the University of Wales. In 2013, he published Asian Security and the Rise of China, with Nick Khoo and M.L.R. Smith.
Dr. Shanker Singham is a UK and US citizen and a trade and competition lawyer as well as an author and adviser to governments and companies. He has authored a text book on the subject of trade, competition and regulatory frameworks, as well as lectured, written and spoken extensively, including over one hundred articles and book chapters. He has been featured in various articles and media publications surrounding his expertise in the fields of trade and competition. His more recent developments have been in the areas of Anti-Competitive Market Distortions and the efforts to reduce barriers to free trade on a global platform. Singham has also begun work on identifying and measuring international inhibitors to entrepreneurship and the successful creation of the preconditions necessary for individuals’ success.
Shashank Joshi is a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI. He specialises in international security in South Asia and the Middle East, with a particular interest in Indian foreign and defence policy. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard Universities and was previously a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He has been a Research Associate of the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University and is a graduate of the Columbia-Cornell Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS). He has regularly lectured at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and given evidence to the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees.