Friday, June 17, 2016

From climate change to mediation: should the EU be a strategic actor in Asia-Pacific?

Olivia Gippner,

Shanghai Skyline image from article

new report by LSE IDEAS and the Dahrendorf Forum ... argues that a new EU Asia strategy should be built around enhancing security and political relations, development cooperation, and climate change policy. To justify a regional perspecitive there are three main recommendations: to increase cooperation through Asian multilateral fora and non-traditional security issues, for the EU to position itself as a neutral arbiter in a volatile Asia Pacific, and to focus on public diplomacy. Cross-cutting concerns remain the diverging concepts of sovereignty and multilateralism between the two regions and a lack of mutual understanding. ...

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