Agora Asia-Europe is a knowledge hub on EU-Asia relations, which connects think-tanks, analysts, policy-makers, opinion leaders and other experts from both regions to discuss ways to add input and guide the EU’s approach towards Asia.
Agora Asia-Europe aims to:
The main outputs of the project are a series of policy briefs on key issues facing EU-Asia relations.
A FRIDE initiative, Agora Asia-Europe has 16 partners in the Asia Pacific:
With a growing power shift towards Asia, it is key to understand the regional architecture and evaluate how the EU engages within various Asian fora.
China’s transition will have a significant impact worldwide. Europe and the international community have a big stake in encouraging positive changes in China and creating good international conditions for a successful transition
Rapid developments in Asia are transforming the commercial environment in the region. Concurrently, progress on the EU’s commercial relationship with Asia has been sobering, displaying little evidence of strategic direction. Of utmost need is an EU-Asia trade strategy that can provide effective guidance over the medium to long terms.
Europe sees Asia overwhelmingly as a trade partner and, unlike the US, hasn't been able to develop a security assessment of the region. How should European engagement with China be strengthened on security issues?
The conflict between Pakistan’s government and its muscle-flexing judiciary is posing serious challenges to the country’s recently re-established democratic regime. It also breeds uncertainty in how the EU should engage with Pakistan. Trade and aid will not alleviate problems which instead need both consistent political engagement and technical support.
The EU-India Free Trade Agreement can help clear the economic/financial gloom on both sides but must be concluded before 2012 ends.
President Ma's second term in office will be a defining period as Taiwan seeks an economic rapprochement with the PRC but also faces increased pressure to unite.
Stability in Afghanistan will remain elusive as long as Afghanistan's neighbours continue their power-jockeying in the country. The EU must involve India and Pakistan in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The second International Nuclear Security Summit hosted by Seoul on the 27-28th March 2012 is an important multilateral forum to discuss a broad range of nuclear security related issues in Asia and beyond.
The EU-India Summit made progress on the bilateral compact of the strategic partnership. More needs to be done for convergence on the multilateral level.
Regional powers will determine the future of Afghanistan post-2014. This policy brief examines the different interests of Afghanistan's neighbours and asks how the EU could encourage them to play a more positive role.
Why does India behave the way she does in foreign affairs? This policy brief puts forth four reasons why and outlines India's role in the new global order.
Growing concerns over the economic outlook in East Asia threaten the upward trend in EU exports in the absence of policy efforts to conclude new trade accords.
This first policy brief of FRIDE’s Agora Asia-Europe initiative suggests how the EU should increase its efforts to mitigate Pakistan’s growing stability.