Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download

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Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download

Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download. It is often repeated that ASEM partners represent 40 per cent of the world’s population, 50 per cent of the global GDP and 60 per cent of the world trade. These figures certainly show that Asia and Europe need each other in an interconnected and interdependent world.

Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download

Looking back on the past ten years, I think it is clear that ASEM has great potential to function as a tool to find answers to globally and regionally important questions. ASEM has contributed to building consensus on issues of common interest, and to promoting awareness between Asia and Europe. It has also facilitated progress in other bilateral and multilateral fora. In my view, one of ASEM’s most important achievements has been its contribution to the reinforcement of regional identities and processes of community building in East Asia.

Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download

ASEM can be seen as instrumental in promoting dialogue, not only between the EU and Asia, but also within Asia. Processes of integration and community building have proven their importance in promoting peace and stability in different regions. The European Union is perhaps
the best example of this. During the recent years, the determination of regional organizations to improve their crisis management capacities has been tangible.

Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download

Security and strategic concerns are something that unite regional organizations’ member states and encourage them also to pursue other activities in the context of regional collaboration. The Aceh peace process can act as a good example of the cooperation between
the European and Asian countries in crisis management. I had the privilege to act as facilitator in the Aceh peace process, in its negotiation phase. In January 2005 in Helsinki, the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement met to talk about the conflict that had lasted for almost 30 years.

Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download

Europe Asia Interregional Relations a Decade of ASEM by Bart Gaens pdf free download


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