Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre Hotel, Singapore
9.00am – 5.00pm
The EU Centre in Singapore with the support of Asia-Europe Foundation succesfully organised the conference on “Networked Regionalism versus Institutional Regionalism: Managing Complexities in Regional Cooperation and Global Governance” at the Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre Hotel in Singapore from 6 to 8 December 2009. The event was attended by some 60 registered participants from 20 countries including Singapore.
Regionalism is becoming an important feature of the contemporary international system. Accentuated by the forces of globalisation, the “region” is increasingly turned to by states wishing to address issues that reach beyond national boundaries. Effects of regional integration hence hold equal interest for both policy makers and researchers, and studies on region-building and regionalism could also contribute to the effort in building a multi-level governance structure to manage complexities in regional and international cooperation.
The conference report considers regionalism as of emerging central importance in systems of global governance. While states remain the main actors, increasingly regions and regional actors are managing complexities and interdependence arising from globalisation. The report examines the conceptual boundaries of “networked regionalism”- as manifested in regional entities such as ASEAN and APEC – versus “institutional regionalism”, epitomised by the EU model. It compares the trajectories of regionalism in these 3 blocs and where they may be headed in the future. The report also assesses how Asia and the EU deal with policy issues such as trade, environment and migration through the different, evolving processes and mechanisms. It concludes that there is no single model of regionalism that would suit all regions, and that perhaps a more inclusive, networked forms of management could be more effective to deal with transnational, transboundary problems.