Benefits of Regional Integration: What Sri Lanka Can Learn From Poland

Author
Patryk Kugiel, Shari Cooray, Thileni Wickramaratne
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
Although Poland and Sri Lanka are distant and differ significantly, a comparison of their experiences with regional cooperation reveals a few interesting observations. Poland's accession to the EU proves the economic and political benefits of deeper integration, may mitigate fears of marginalisation and domination by regional hegemons, and can disperse concerns over lost sovereignty. The EU integration model and the Polish experience could serve as an inspiration for Sri Lanka and other members of SAARC, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and encourage them to revive their own integration process.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Political Economy, Bilateral Relations
Political Geography
Europe, South Asia, Sri Lanka