The geopolitics of Asia – What role for the European Union?

Author
Fraser Cameron
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
International Politics
Volume
47
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
May/July 2010
Institution
Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract
This article reviews the European Union's policy towards Asia since 2001, when an ambitious Communication from the European Commission suggested that the EU should play a political and security role in the region commensurate with its economic strength. After assessing a number of political and security issues in Asia, the article concludes that the EU has had little or no impact on the major geopolitical issues but that it is making some impact on security issues of lesser importance. The article also touches on integration as a contribution to security. It reviews the limited progress in Asian integration and suggests that the basic criteria for integration are missing in Asia. Some aspects of the EU model, however, might be useful for Asian countries wishing to move forward towards closer integration.
Topic
Security, Politics
Political Geography
Europe, Asia