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This edited book fills a gap in the literature on EU-Asia relations. The European Union and Asia are two regions undergoing significant changes internally while at the same time developing stronger relations with each other. In the context of an emerging multi-polar world, Europe and Asia are seen as major actors, making their relations increasingly crucial for the understanding of global politics. The Handbook is distinctive because it constitutes a thoroughly comprehensive collection of more than 40 contributions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, bringing together leading authors in their respective fields. Contributors come from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, thereby providing a genuinely global perspective on this important topic.

The Handbook is structured along several key dimensions in the relationship, ensuring that bilateral relations, multilateral contexts, institutional aspects, the comparative dimension and the global perspective, are all covered – a unique set of contributions. In addition, sections look specifically at political, economic and cultural relations between the two regions.


Description

This edited book fills a gap in the literature on EU-Asia relations. The European Union and Asia are two regions undergoing significant changes internally while at the same time developing stronger relations with each other. In the context of an emerging multi-polar world, Europe and Asia are seen as major actors, making their relations increasingly crucial for the understanding of global politics. The Handbook is distinctive because it constitutes a thoroughly comprehensive collection of more than 40 contributions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, bringing together leading authors in their respective fields. Contributors come from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, thereby providing a genuinely global perspective on this important topic.

The Handbook is structured along several key dimensions in the relationship, ensuring that bilateral relations, multilateral contexts, institutional aspects, the comparative dimension and the global perspective, are all covered – a unique set of contributions. In addition, sections look specifically at political, economic and cultural relations between the two regions.


Reviews

For all the talk of globalisation, Europe and Asia remind us that regions continue to matter enormously. What we have lacked thus far, however, is a detailed analysis of their interaction and comparative development. This wide-ranging, comprehensive and authoritative volume brings together an impressive group of regional specialists to produce what will be the definitive statement on EU-Asia relations for the foreseeable future
 
- Mark Beeson, Wintrhop professor in Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia, Australia
 
 
This handbook is a first of its kind. Based upon a series of preparatory conferences and workshops, about 50 scholars from various disciplines tackled the many aspects of EU-Asia relations. The result is a comprehensive volume that serves as an impressive introduction and indespensable resource for anyone interested in the inter-regional relations between Europe and Asia.
 
- Professor Luk Van Langenhove, Director of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Brugges, Belgium 
 
 

'This impressive Handbook is destined to become the standard reference book for anyone with an interest in EU-Asia relations. The thirty-nine chapters in the volume cover different dimensions of these relations, set against the backdrop of wider global developments. The editors have commendably resisted any attempts to simplify the key drivers of mutual relations by acknowledging that different factors generate cooperation or conflict between the two sides. The result is a handbook that is critical but ultimately balanced. The contributors, who are both Europe and Asia-based, are not only prominent scholars in their own rights but collectively represent the cream of an expanding network of scholars, proving that the days of EU and Asian scholars talking past each other are well and truly over. This Handbook will serve to inspire the next generation of EU-Asia scholars'.

Simon Duke, Professor, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, Netherlands

 

It is natural for EU and Asia to strengthen their relation in several fields under the recent globalization. Moreover, it is much more important to consider roles of two regions (EU and Asia) and their cooperation in the current global situation where the United States has no longer enough governance over itself and the rest of world. This volume conducts comprehensive and insightful studies regarding not only EU-Asia relations in the future but also their impacts on the globalized society.

Professor Eiji Ogawa, Hitotsubashi University and EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, Japan


 
This volume is a cutting-edge collection of articles on the relations between Europe and Asia. It epitomises and brings to life, the rich cross-fertilizations of three sets of literature that started interacting intensively - along with Asia and the EU - in the 21st century: European integration, Asian regionalism and inter-regionalism . The editors should be congratulated for having assembled such an impressive cast of leading scholars, journalists and policy analysts across Europe, Asia and the Pacific to examine the various issues and questions that animate the dense and growing political, economic and cultural linkages between Europe and Asia.The book offers an original framework for making sense of the myriad interactions between a rising Asia and an EU that is not yet past its prime, and is likely to be an invaluable reference for scholars and students of European integration, Asian regionalism, inter-regional cooperation and global governance for many years to come."

Reuben Wong, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, Singapore
 
This is an exceptional compilation that provides for the first time ever a comprehensive, systematic approach to capturing the blossoming and rapidly expanding field of EU – Asia relations. Combining the perspectives of academics and practitioners in one volume, this is a 'must-have' for any one dealing with EU–Asia relations.
 
- May-Britt U. Stumbaum, NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU" BMBF-Initiative "Europa von Außen (EvA), Department of Political and Social Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
 
'By raising research questions this volume is an invaluable contributor to further research in the area and by providing in-depth analysis of numerous issues surrounding the relationship it is an important reference for those who seek to understand the mutual ties. Overall, the Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations constitutes a great contribution to the existing publications on EU-Asia relations.' - Julia Marie Ewert, EU-Asia Centre




Contents

Introduction; T.Christiansen, E.Kirchner & P.Murray
PART I: CONCEPTUALIZING AND CONTEXTUALIZING EU-ASIA RELATIONS
The Historical Relations Of Europe And East Asia- From Partnership To
Post-Colonialism; S.Kirchner
The Evolution Of EU-Asian Relations: 2001-2011; F.Cameron
Prospects For Multipolarity And Multilateralism In World Politics; K.E.Jørgensen
Images Of European Integration In Asia; M.Holland, N.Chaban, S.Kelly & S-Y.Lai
The Role Of 'Strategic Partnerships' In EU Relations With Asia; M.Reiterer
PART II: THE COMPARATIVE DIMENSION OF EU-ASIA RELATIONS
Regionalism And EU-Asian Relations: Patterns, Trends And Determinants; D.Webber
Europe-Asia Studies: The Contribution Of Comparative Regional Integration; P.Murray & A.Warleigh-Lack
Responses To The Global Financial Crisis – And Its Precedents; P.Gillespie
Dealing With Terrorism, Corruption And Organized Crime: EU And Asia; L.Holmes
PART III: THE POLITICAL DIMENSION OF EU-ASIA RELATIONS
EU-China Relations On Human Rights In Competing Paradigms: Continuity And Change; W.Shen
The Securitization Of EU-Asia Relations In The Post-Cold War Era; N.Casarini
Sanctions And Embargoes In EU-Asia Relations; P.Vennesson & C.Portela
Socio-Cultural And Educational Cooperation Between The EU And Asia; G.Wiessala
Regional Integration Support By The EU In Asia: Aims And Prospects; A.Jetschke
PART IV: THE ECONOMIC DIMENSION OF EU-ASIA RELATIONS
EU-Asia Trade Relations; H.Kubo
Trade Facilitation And Market Access; B.A.O'Callaghan
International Banking, Asia And Europe; C.Ryan
Coordinating Regional Financial Arrangements With The IMF: Challenges To
Asia And Lessons From The EU; T.Kinkyo
PART V: THE INSTITUTIONAL DIMENSION OF EU-ASIA RELATIONS
The Institutional Dimension Of EU-Asean/Asean Plus Three Interregional Relations; M-G.Manea
The Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem); L.H.Yeo
The Asean Regional Forum And The EU's Role In Promoting Security In Asia-Pacific; K.Weber
Strategic Bilateralism Or Effective Multilateralism? The EU, The SCO And SAARC; T.Renard
PART VI: THE GLOBAL DIMENSION OF EU-ASIA RELATIONS
The EU, Asia And The Governance Of Global Trade; M.Smith
The EU And Asia In The United Nations Security Council; J.Wouters & M.Burnay
Nuclear Non-Proliferation; S.Yoon & J.Suh
The Security Of The United States In Asia Pacific; R.Dominguez
From Polarisation Towards A Consensus On Development? EU And Asia Approaches To Development And Oda; U.Wissenbach & E.Kim
Europe, Asia And Climate Change Governance; Y.Bo & Z.Chen
PART VII: CHINA IN EU – ASIA RELATIONS
Security And The Role Of China; X.Song
China In EU-East Asia Economic Relations; B.Dai
EU-China Relations; G.Geeraerts
PART VIII: BILATERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EU AND ASIA
EU-Japan Relations; T.Tanaka
The EU And The Two Koreas- One Strategic Partner, The Other Strategic Liability; U.Wissenbach
EU-Taiwan Relationship Since 1981; H.Su
EU-Indonesia Relations: No Expectations-Capabilitiy Gap?; D.Camroux & A.Srikandini
EU-India Relations; D.Allen
EU-Pakistan Relations: The Challenge Of Dealing With A Fragile State; S.Islam
EU-Australia Relations; A.Benvenuti & P.Murray
Conclusion: The Future Agenda In Europe-Asia Relations; T.Christiansen, E.Kirchner & P.Murray





Authors

THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Institutional Politics at the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

EMIL KIRCHNER is Jean Monnet ad personam Professor, University of Essex, UK. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2002, and was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences by the Academy of Social Science in 2009.
 
PHILOMENA MURRAY is Jean Monnet Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds honorary positions at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin; the College of Europe; United Nations University – Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Bruges and National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.