NCRE welcomes Malaysian interns - May 2014

The National Centre for Research on Europe Hosts Interns from Malaysia - The NCRE is happy to welcome ten interns from Malaysia.  The interns are based at the Centre for two months, and will split their internship between working on their Masters theses and completing a practical internship under the supervision of Centre staff.  The interns will interact with the NCRE community, attending seminars and lectures, as well as participating in the EUCN Graduate Weekend School. 

The interns celebrated Europe Day with the NCRE, expressing their enjoyment in being emmersed in European food and culture, and conversing amongst those from different parts of Europe. 

" The Europe Day Celebration was a new experience for us as a Malaysians. We are glad to explore and experience the European food, orchestral music, the Flamenco dance, the French, Germany and Spanish exhibitions and not forgetting European hospitality.  It was a great time to mingle around with many people from different parts of Europe. The whole celebration was unique and enjoyable. The best part of this event was when Dr. Natalia Chaban announced one of our colleagues as the winner of the Lucky Draw – learning Spanish online for 60 hours, free of charge. Bravo and thumbs up to the NCRE for organising such a magnificent event. "

The students have been presenting their research for the at the NCRE roundtable seminar series. Below are the abstracts from the presentations, outlining their research areas of interest. 

Nadiah Shamsaimun
ASEAN Economic Community 2015; Comparison with European Union Economic Model
In Kuala Lumpur Declaration 1971, ASEAN envisioned vision 2020 which objective is to realize fully integrated of ASEAN Community. In the vision, ASEAN commit itself to moving toward closer cohesion and economic integration, narrowing the gap in level of development of every member countries, ensuring multilateral trading system remain fair and open, and achieving global competitiveness by creating a stable, prosperous and highly competitive economic region in which there is free flow of goods, services and investment, freer  flow of capital , equitable economic development and reduced poverty and socio –economy disparities. As one of the effort towards realizing these vision, ASEAN leaders had decided to construct ASEAN Economic Community in 2020.  In 7th October 2003, in Bali Concord II, ASEAN leader had decided to enhance this vision to be put forward in 2015. ASEAN Economic Community had often been compared to European Union Single Market. Therefore, this paper were written in order to make comparison between ASEAN Economic Community and European Union single market to identify the similarities and difference of both economic integration model. From this, this paper will try to find the answer of is AEC are moving toward EU style of economic integration.
Nadiah Abdullah
Food Security in ASEAN 
As one of the non traditional security, food security is fundamental part of human security. Food insecurity will affect large number of people and could lead to political instability of a country.  Food price crisis and natural disasters were identified as the cause of food insecurity. History has showed that Southeast Asia region as one of the world’s vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.  These extreme weather events would significantly affect to food production and supply in Southeast Asian countries. Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) has come forward to provide solutions for food insecurity in this region. Hence, this study will try to examine on food security situation in ASEAN region and also, ASEAN’s efforts to solve problem of food insecurity in the region. 
Noraznira Abd Aziz
The Influence of Social Media in Malaysian Politics: A Case Study of Malaysia’s 13th General Election
Today technological change, most notably the rise of new media and Malaysia’s vibrant online society, may augur well for political liberalization. The political platform changed in Malaysia due to the strong presence of social media. The ignorance of the ruling party to the importance of social media in the last election in 2013, eventually lead to the painful losses.The aim of this study is to examine the influence of media in Malaysian politics.  It also will discuss the changes brought by social media to the political landscape of Malaysia, and the relationship between the usage of social media and its potential role in changing Malaysian political landscape.
 
Marsilah Abdullah
EU-ASEAN Cooperation in Tourism
The progress of people-to-people contacts between EU and ASEAN by examining the cooperation efforts in tourism. The growth of tourism sector is the source of both threats and opportunities for Asian and European countries. The objective of this paper is to identify the relations between Asia and Europe in tourism that give some implications to the both regions. This paper also will identify the challenges that have been faced by Asia and Europe in tourism.
 
Sharifah Raihan Al Idrus Syed Ahmad Bakhir
The 'ASEAN Way': Challenge for the ASEAN-EU Relations
The ASEAN – European Union (EU) relations was formally started in 1973. It signified the first establishment of interregional cooperation agreement ever entered into by Western Europe as a whole with another regional body. The ASEAN-EU relations were established through the dimension of political-security, economic and social. This paper aims to examine the practice of ‘ASEAN Way’ within the context of Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), EU-ASEAN Partnership and Asia Regional Forum (ARF). This study also aims to identify whether the practice of ‘ASEAN Way’ demonstrates the dynamic and limitation of the ASEAN-EU relations.  This study also expects to have a better understanding of the ‘ASEAN Way’ and the possibility of rebranding the ‘ASEAN Way’.

Karunaagaran Chendirasagaram
The European Union's Position in the Anti-Globalisation Movement 

The growing discontent of the structure of the neo-liberalist pattern of global economy has resulted in a paroxysm of grassroots protest movements called the anti/alter-globalisation in Europe against a capitalist-led Europe. This paper sets out to examine the anti-globalisation themes at the European elite level and the European Union (EU)’s voice in addressing the concerns of these movements. The paper centers on the anti-globalisation discourse of the Greens – the fourth largest political group in the European Parliament consisting of the European Green Party and the European Free Alliance. This study employs Michael Halliday’s Systemic Functional Grammar by using the ‘Interpersonal Metafunction’ specifically the level of Appraisal (Positive, Negative or Neutral). It is expected that the Greens is mostly negative in the appraisal of the EU in economic, cultural and societal policies in the global economy order thereby reaffirming the neo-liberal discontent in stymying European integration. 
 
 
Nurul Murni Md Saleh
An Analysis of Political Marketing: A Case Study of Malaysia's General Election
 
The combination of political and marketing has come out with the political marketing theory. This theory is the basis of the shape of political marketing orientation to operate adopting party tools, techniques and methods of commercial marketing in the political process. Malaysia's interesting political landscape with one party is unique and thus having only one ruling government for 57 years, while the opposition has now managed to raise the people's attention and votes creating a new political wave. This new Malaysian political phenomenon has put both party in a critical position, both playing with their political strategies using different political marketing approach. This presentation will show how crucial the political marketing approaches can affect the future of Malaysia.
  
Azmin Julpae
ASEAN and Security: A Comparison with EU 
 
The main aim of this study is to conduct a comparative analysis of two different regional organisations which are the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union(EU). Many see EU as the most successful regional organisation in the world and a model of integration that others should follows. Meanwhile, ASEAN has always been seen as a regional organisation that is trying to emulate or copy the EU. Therefore, this study aims to explore the evidence by looking at ASEAN's institutional design and comparing it to the EU. In addition, the study will also examine ASEAN-EU development through the lens of security.
  
Kalaivani Gunasekaran
Eastern Enlargement of EU Brewing Geopolitical Tensions
 
This study's purpose is to examine the Geopolitical tension caused by the Eastern Enlargement. As enlargement works as a driving force of the European Union (EU), it significantly raises the tension between Russia and EU. There are rising challenges between EU and Russia, where the worsening bilateral relations, the dividing perceptions among member countries and overwhelming energy security, migration will be discussed. Most importantly, is how Russia uses its energy as a tool in dealing with the EU, and how the EU takes counter measures when dealing with Russia.
 
Shamala Raja Gopal
The European Foreign Policy : How Far It can Deepen and Widen?
 
The uniqueness of European Foreign policy is the unanimity of decision making where the member states have to agree collectively on a decision. This has helped the European Union (EU) to successfully play an important role in global affairs. However, the current crisis (economic) in Europe and the growing weight of the EU have tremendously impacted its collective decision making. Therefore, this study will explore how far the EU can go beyond this crisis and maintain as a prominent player in the international arena or whether the EU should give more emphasis to strengthen the coherence among its member states.