Inter-Regional Relations and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

  • Bart Gaens
  • Gauri Khandekar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bart Gaens, Gauri Khandekar
    Pages 1-8
  3. Gauri Khandekar
    Pages 33-58
  4. Gauri Khandekar
    Pages 157-172
  5. Gauri Khandekar
    Pages 191-207
  6. Roopmati Khandekar
    Pages 209-236
  7. Bart Gaens, Gauri Khandekar
    Pages 237-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-250

About this book


This edited volume examines contemporary relations between Europe and Asia through the prism of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEM is an informal forum for dialogue and cooperation between 53 partners from both regions. Having started in 1996, ASEM aims to enhance political dialogue, strengthen economic cooperation, and promote socio-cultural exchange. The book provides insights into past achievements, current challenges, and possible new directions for ASEM as a dialogue forum. The chapters focus on institutional design, the security agenda, economic cooperation, and cultural exchange and civil society outreach through the Asia-Europe Foundation. They also zoom in on ASEM’s Parliamentary Partnership, and the ongoing challenge of public awareness and visibility. Furthermore, they critically examine the implications of the widening process, the attempts to reinvigorate the forum, and the varied perspectives on ASEM’s value for both regions. Appealing to policy-makers, researchers, and students, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of a wide range of issues relating to the role of ASEM in contemporary international relations. 



interregionalism transregionalism tangible cooperation geoeconomics economic relations traditional security

Editors and affiliations

  • Bart Gaens
    • 1
  • Gauri Khandekar
    • 2
  1. 1.The Finnish Institute of Int. Affairs HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.BrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

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