The Asia-Europe Meeting

The Theory and Practice of Interregionalism

By Alfredo C. Robles

© 2008 – Routledge

214 pages

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About the Book

Focusing on the economic, developmental, political and cultural issues of its member states, this book offers a critical assessment of the ASEM process since its inception in 1996, which now brings together all 27 EU members, the European Commission, and 16 East Asian states. The underlying theme of the book is that the Asia-Europe Meeting should be analyzed as an instance of international dialogue – in this case, dialogue between two groups of states from two different regions - rather than as a manifestation of two regions acting jointly to perform specific functions at an 'interregional' level. The conclusion is that with the exception of the discussion on the fight against international terrorism and the cultural dialogue, the Asia-Europe dialogue rarely meets the ideal conditions for international dialogue. The way forward proposed by the book in the conclusion involves a new approach combining the European practices of multilevel governance, variable geometry and several speeds.

Using a unique and an innovative theoretical framework synthesizing the work of Tzvetan Todorov and Jurgen Habermas, and supported by extensive empirical research, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Asian and European politics, as well as comparative politics, international relations and EU-Asia relations.

Table of Contents

1. In Search of ASEM 2. ASEM Dialogue for Poverty Alleviation, Economic Cooperation and Social Development 3. ASEM and Multilateralism 4. ASEM as a Lobby for Modification of Asian Laws 5. ASEM as a Forum for Political and Cultural Dialogue 6. ASEM at the Crossroads and the Way Forward

About the Author

Alfredo Robles is Professor of International Studies at De La Salle University, The Philippines.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL021000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General