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Asia Europe Relations - 30 Years in the Future

Presentation of ASEM Outlook Report 2012

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11 March 2013 Sunkyoung Lee Political and Economic Department Governance & Human Rights
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Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the United Nations University-Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) organised a presentation of the ASEM Outlook Report 2012 in Bangkok (Thailand) on 11 March 2013.

The ASEM Outlook Report 2012 is part of the ASEM Outlook project. This project, established in 2005, was a series of workshops designed to examine the scope and depth of Asia-Europe relations. The key findings of the report that were presented in Bangkok include: Asia and Europe must build bi-regional strategic partnerships centred on mutual interests in targeted fields, they should jointly address the issues of equitable access, and they should further integrate non-state actors in policy formulation and implementation.

The presentation was followed by a discussion with a panel of experts representing different sectors including the media, government, think tanks and academia. The panel discussed the current status of Asia-Europe relations, the future trends and challenges facing each region, and the potential for further cooperation between the two regions.

The entire event was jointly hosted by the Faculty of Economics, the MA in European Studies programme and the Centre for European Studies of Chulalongkorn University.

Partners

  • UNU-CRIS
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • Insights on the Future of ASEM

    Published on 01 Oct 2013

    The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process has nearly doubled in size in the 17 years since its establishment in 1996, expanding from 26 members originally to 51 at present. Not only has the membership increased, but the scope has broadened as well to include dialogue at ministerial, working group, parliamentary and wider civil society levels. Much debate has been generated on where to take ASEM in the future.

    These future trajectories are discussed in the paper by Dr Suet Yi LAI, Research Associate, Peking University and Mr LOKE Hoe Yeong, Researcher, EU Centre in Singapore and Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

    This paper is part of the ASEM Outlook 2012 Insights series, produced by ASEF and links to the outcomes of ASEF’s ASEM Outlook Report 2012.

    Click here to get a copy of the paper.

    Click here to read ASEM Outlook Report Volume 1.

    Click here to read ASEM Outlook Report Volume 2.

  • Peace and Prosperity in Asia and Europe

    Published on 09 Aug 2013

    ‘Peace and prosperity are undeniably intertwined’ - this topic was the focus of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) Summit, held in November 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. Although many challenges remain when it comes to security and conflict prevention in Asia and Europe, much progress could be made if the two continents increase their cooperation with one another. This cooperation could help to redefine each region’s concept of security, promote greater regionalism to counter the impact of an increased focus on national interests, and could strive for the establishment of multi-stakeholder infrastructures for peace.

    Such insights on security, conflict prevention and inter-regionalism are discussed in length in the paper,  ’Security and Conflict in Asia and Europe’, written by Ms Marte HELLEMA, Regional Co-ordinator - Asia-Pacific, Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). This paper is part of the ASEM Outlook 2012 Insights series, jointly produced by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

    Click here to read ASEM Outlook Report Volume 1

    Click here to read ASEM Outlook Report Volume 2

  • Asia-Europe Relations at a Glance

    Published on 03 Jun 2013

    Understanding the current state of Asia-Europe relations is a difficult task, the diverse dialogue between the two regions covers many policy areas through a number of fora. ASEFs publication, the ‘ASEM Outlook Report 2012’, makes a meaningful contribution to this understanding.

    Volume 1 of the report, ‘Asia-Europe relations at a glance’, combines a rich variety of statistics and key indicators with the unique insights gathered from ASEF’s mutual perceptions studies, namely ‘Asia in the Eyes of Europe’ and ‘The EU through the Eyes of Asia’. 

    The statistics provide insights into key societal and developmental trends within each region and between both regions. For example, the report outlines key demographic statistics on ASEM member states, such as which countries are experiencing the fastest population growth (Singapore 1.99%; Cyprus 1.57% per annum), which are aging the most (Japan: 22% of population >65 years old; Germany: 21% >65) and which have the longest life expectancy (Japan: 83 years old; Italy: 82 years old).

    This only constitutes a small part of the report, as it also examines key indicators linked to security and conflict, economics, environment, migration and labour, information and communication technology, research & development, public health, and population. 

    The comprehensive report also provides us with insights on how Asian and European public, media and opinion leaders view one another. Large datasets have been created through painstaking research by teams across Asia and Europe, which reveal some very interesting insights into Asia-Europe relations.

    To read volume 1 of the ASEM Outlook Report 2012 click here.

  • ASEF in collaboration with the United Nations University-Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) organised a presentation of the key findings of their new ASEM Outlook Report 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 March 2013. Held at the Chulalongkorn University, the event was attended by around 50 representatives from international organisations, embassies, universities, the media, and the private sector.

    The two-volume ASEM Outlook Report examines the current status of Asia-Europe relations, the perceived relations and looks at the future trends in four distinct policy areas:  security and conflict management, economic and financial integration, environmental governance, and public health.

    The key message of the report urges Asian and European countries to move from dialogue to more concrete cooperation. The report recommends the creation of bi-regional strategic partnerships centred on mutual interests in targeted fields. Finally, the report maps the changing role of non-state actors and advocates greater civil society consultation in policy formulation and implementation.

    The presentation on the report was followed by a panel discussion featuring experts examining different priority issues for Asia and Europe. These priorities included non-traditional security threats, economic stability and crisis prevention, environmental governance and pandemic preparedness. The panel discussed the future trends and challenges facing each region, and potential areas for further cooperation between the two regions.

    The Bangkok event was jointly hosted by the Faculty of Economics, the MA in European Studies programme and the Centre for European Studies of Chulalongkorn University. This event will be followed by a presentation in Europe.

  • ASEM Outlook Report Presentation

    Published on 05 Feb 2013

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the United Nations University-Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) will organise the presentation of the ASEM Outlook Report 2012 in Bangkok (Thailand) this year. The event will take place in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on 11 March 2013.

    The report examines the current state of Asia-Europe relations and proposes possible future developments based on a series of multi-sector expert consultations. The four distinct policy areas analysed in the report are: economic and financial integration, environmental governance, security and conflict management, and public health. The key findings of this two-volume report will be presented during the event in Bangkok. There will be opportunities to discuss the future of Asia-Europe relations and bi-regional cooperation with a panel of experts.                                                                                          

    The first volume of the report provides the current context for Asia-Europe relations. This includes statistical information on the latest political and socio-economic conditions, as well as information on the perceived relationship between the regions, drawn from ASEF’s research on perceptions. The second volume identifies emerging policy issues and future areas of cooperation in the four policy areas mentioned above.

    The ASEM Outlook Report 2012 is part of the ASEM Outlook project. This project, established in 2005, is a series of workshops designed to examine the scope and depth of Asia-Europe relations.

    Read more…