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Jürgen Rüland quoted in the Jakarta Post: Does ASEM matter?

Tue, 10/05/2010 8:23 PM

Does ASEM matter?

by Faisal Nurdin Idris, Leiden, The Netherlands


The eighth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will bring together 48 Asian and European leaders in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 4-5. While the world is still facing global challenges such as the economic downturn and security threats, the summit is pivotal for finding an exit from the crises.

As an informal forum, the existence of ASEM has been questioned. How could such a forum build a strategic alliance between Asia and Europe? How significant is ASEM for Indonesia? (...)

As Jürgen Ruland wrote, interregional cooperation is a novel area of focus in search of a new international architecture of governance to manage uncertain global challenges. It is reasonable that for many decades states have been the core focus of international relations. (...)


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