Regional integration in Europe and in Asia: promoting peace, prosperity and stability in an increasingly unpredictable world |

Regional integration in Europe and in Asia: promoting peace, prosperity and stability in an increasingly unpredictable world

Synopsis:

The EU is the boldest experiment in reconciling former enemies through regional co-operation ever attempted. During the past 50 years, much has been achieved in Europe. Physical borders have been largely eliminated. Goods, services, capital and above all ordinary citizens move freely around this huge market of 500 million people. A new world currency, the euro, has been created and is proving to be an invaluable tool to provide stability during the current financial crisis. From its original 6 members, the European Union has grown to 27 member countries – with 23 official languages! Yet, even today, the European Union remains very much “work in progress”. Much remains uncertain about the ultimate political framework and goals – no-one can really say what the EU will look like 20 years from now. Since the early 70’s, the EU has developed a close relationship with ASEAN and actively encouraged regional integration in Asia whether through ASEAN, ASEAN plus 3, ARF or the wider structures including India, Australia and New Zealand now under development. While recognizing the fundamental differences between the European and Asian situations, the talk will try to identify ways in which Europe and Asia can learn from each other’s successes and failures.

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Speaker(s):

Dorian Prince, EU Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date:
Tuesday, 01 September 2009
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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