This volume discusses the current trend of globalization and the main characteristics of world order, focusing specifically on the destiny of the nation state, the threat against human rights, and conflicts between unilateral hegemony of the USA and Europe. It examines the contemporary European experience and compares it with Asian reality with a view to implications for the future development of Asia. It also discusses regional integration as a framework for bringing stable peace, exploring detailed principles and specific forms of a regional community in Asia. Contributors from Europe and Asia critically review previous literature on this topic and suggest new theoretical and empirical grounds of regional community in Asia. The book takes the viewpoint of comparative civilization and experiences of European integration to offer meaningful lessons for the future of nation states and the possibility of building regional communities in Asia.
'...brings together a number of refreshingly innovative views within the field of comparative regional integration. Its particular strength lies in the ability of the authors to "think outside the box" of traditional disciplines and to elucidate the importance of ideas and of norms in the construction of regional entities.' David Camroux, Sciences Po, France 'Set in the background of a new world order and based on a sound theoretical and philosophical grounding, this collection of essays offers the most vivid account of the interaction between globalization and regionalism. Essential reading for all those eager to deepen their knowledge in the areas of comparative integration and of regionalism as a framework for peace and stability.' Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan, University of Limerick, Ireland