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Thursday, May 28, 2009

A look at Europe’s Asia Institutions and Think-Tanks

The European Alliance for Asian Studies is a co-operative framework of European institutes specializing in the study of Asia.  It was established in 1997, and it aims to bring together fragmented forces in Asian Studies in Europe to facilitate scholarly excellence to the benefit of the respective national research environments.

The alliance is consisted of the following entities (as at the time of this post):

European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels-based policy and research think-tank supported by the European Union (EU)

International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden/Amsterdam

Institute of Asian Affairs (IFA) (also, Hamburg, Germany

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen, Denmark, also related is the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) is a Nordic network ( comprising of universities and research institutions working on Asia.  This is a multi-national entity formed by the universities of the members of the Nordic Council (or official site ).

Asia Europe Centre (AEC), Paris, France

Centro de Estudios de Asia Oriental (CEAO; Centre for East Asian Studies), Madrid, Spain

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK

Other than the above alliance, there is a net of European research schools called:

East Asia Net, and the net provides links to the individual members across the Europe continent.

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