Asia-EU relations – reading material around the 10th ASEM meeting

The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is taking place in Milan, Italy on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October, 2014, with as main theme “Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security“.

Background information and the meeting program can be found on the dedicated webpages of the European Council and European External Action Service.

For those who wish some further background, the Council library has compiled a special issue of the monthly Think Tank Review. It brings together relevant think tank publications on Asia-EU relations over the past two years, and includes perspectives from the EU, Asia and elsewhere.

Below a few highlights:

  • More or less at the same time, in late 2013, Western and Asian authors examined Asia-EU relations in connection with the financial crisis. This resulted in two papers published by Bruegel and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  • In July this year, Shada Islam and Patricia Díaz explored in a short piece for Friends of Europe the relevance of ASEM and the efforts under way to relaunch it. They make policy recommendations for “energising” the Asia-Europe partnership and ensuring it gains more traction in the months leading to its 20th anniversary in 2016.
  • Security, a main one on the agenda of this meeting, is the topic of a paper by the Centre for European Reform that analyses the strategic role that Europe could play in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Finally, one of several papers by FRIDE included in this special issue focuses in the EU relationship with the ASEAN and each of its 10 member countries.

Other resources on Asia-EU relations published in the past five years are available through the library catalogue here. You may also search the special TTR section of our catalogue for other publications by think tanks.

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