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Finding a Role for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in a "Crowded" Environment


The EU Centre’s Director Dr Yeo Lay Hwee has just published an article entitled Finding a Role for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in a “Crowded” Environment in Konrad Adenaur Stiftung’s Panorama Journal 02/2014.

ASEM – a dialogue framework which gathers an increasingly diverse group of countries from Europe and Asia – has often been criticized for being “invisible”, irrelevant and uninteresting. A “lifeline” has been given to it in part of its rapid enlargement in the past decade, but ASEM faces a challenging environment that is markedly different from the environment in the mid-1990s leading to its birth in 1996. In order to gain relevance and become interesting for its members, Dr Yeo argues that ASEM will need to incorporate four dimensions – a platform for trust-building, opening up space for inclusive and robust policy debates, generate more physical connections and networks, and go “virtual”.

This article is free and can be downloaded here.