02 May

Fireside Peace Chats: Michael Swaine

Organized by:Leiden University College, Hague Humanity Hub & Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
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When & Where

The event will be held on 2 May from 17:30 - 19:00 at the Cafe Utopie Den Haag. This event does require registration, so that we may have an accurate estimate of the number of attendees. Please register here.



Join us for our latest Fireside Peace Chats event, co-hosted by Leiden University College, on 2 May. These events are informal, intimate discussions with global expert peacebuilders.

We are delighted to invite you to a special event, “European Strategic Autonomy and a Rising China: Can Europe serve as a peace preserver between the US and China?” This event will be an informal, intimate exchange where attendees are encouraged to actively engage in discussion with each other and our guest speaker, Michael Swaine from the Quincy Institute of Responsible Statecraft. Joining us as a discussant, we also welcome Xiaoxue Martin, Research Fellow at the Clingendael China Centre.

Throughout the discussion, Swaine will be discussing practical and relevant issues in Chinese international relations including;

  • The concept of strategic autonomy in Europe as it relates to China and the US
  • The ‘Taiwan issue’ and addressing speculated parallels with Russia’s war on Ukraine
  • Supply chain pressures; production semi-conductors


Guest speaker

Michael Swaine is one of the most prominent American scholars of Chinese security studies and has extensive experience working with US and Chinese government and military officials and scholars. Swaine was previously at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the RAND Corporation. He advises the US government on Asian security issues, has authored and edited more than a dozen books and monographs, and directed for nearly two decades, along with Iain Johnston of Harvard University, a multi-year crisis prevention project with Chinese partners.

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Grand Café Utopie
Waldeck Pyrmontkade 116, 2518 JR The Hague