Research & Publications


16th Asia-Europe Think Tanks’ Dialogue on “Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – The Way Forward”


A free copy of the dialogue report can be downloaded by clicking on the picture above.


On 16-17th October 2014, the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit will be held in the city of Milan, Italy. ASEM is the only platform solely dedicated to Asia and Europe where 49 European and Asian nations, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat meet to address the future of mutual relations and global affairs. ASEM not only brings together leaders from both sides, but also provides a continuous dialogue mechanism for ministers and specialists on foreign affairs, economic, financial, environmental, cultural and educational issues. Launched almost 20 years ago, ASEM is an important bridge between Europe and Asia and its relevance is set to increase given developments in both regions which underline a greater need for engagement and cooperation. However, at the same time, ASEM faces today a new set of challenges that have to be addressed for ASEM to retain its relevance and thrive in an increasingly complex environment.

Given the importance of ASEM for relations between Asia and Europe, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS) of Philippines, the EU Centre in Singapore and FRIDE (the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue) jointly organised a dialogue on 5-7 June 2014 in Singapore on “ASEM: The Way Forward”. This event gathered the heads and senior representatives of major think tanks and institutes in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, as well as experts and opinion shapers on both sides, to debate the key issues within EU-Asia-Pacific relations and the role and future of ASEM. The aims of this event were to contribute a set of recommendations to the ongoing debates on the relevance of ASEM and propose ideas on reinventing ASEM and its agenda.

Our centre has published a substantive report that incorporates the key ideas presented by distinguished panellists during the event. A free copy of the dialogue report can be downloaded here.