More than ever before, this is the right time for a strategic Asia-Europe conversation on shared global challenges. Geopolitical uncertainties triggered by US President Donald Trump, Britain's decision to leave the EU, the growing attraction of populist leaders and rising global inequalities, heighten the need for dialogue and debate among Asian and European policymakers and parliamentarians, business leaders, academics and civil society representatives, including young people. With its informal format and flexible structure, ASEM offers a unique platform for an open, no holds-barred brainstorm on issues of mutual interest. It is the need for just such a conversation that led to the creation of ASEM 21 years ago. The platform for networking, dialogue and cooperation it provides makes ASEM even more essential in an interdependent and complex world. As the challenges change and evolve, ASEM can and should acquire renewed geostrategic relevance and increased credibility. Making ASEM fit for purpose in a volatile and turbulent world will, however, require changes in the focus, working methods and ambitions of ASEM.
- Has the new ‘Age of Uncertainty’ increased the strategic and geopolitical relevance of ASEM or will ASEM lose traction and importance in the coming years?
- Should ASEM change its working methods in order to adapt to new challenges and a rapidly-evolving world order, including unexpected challenges to rules-based international frameworks?
- Given conflicting signals on global trade liberalisation, is it time for a more forceful and practical ASEM conversation on economic issues including trade and investments?
- Can ASEM play a more central role than it has so far in generating, nourishing and disseminating new ideas about concepts like connectivity and the challenge of living and working together in a globalised world?
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Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa is expanding, reflecting the increasing global importance of emerging economies. We track these developments through our Asia Programme and Europe-China Forum, and through our work looking at the EU vision and strategy towards China, India, Japan and ASEAN, and its role in the Asia-Europe Meeting.
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