EU-Project "EU-Asia Dialogue"
Co-funded by the European Union and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)
The “EU-Asia Dialogue”-project aimed to enhance exchange and understanding between policy-makers, non-governmental organizations and researchers from Europe and Asia. Seven topics were discussed and research periods taking a rather practical than theoretical approach helped to formulate policy-recommendations. The project was started in January 2012 and until December 2014 a number of conferences, policy dialogues and briefings took place in various countries of both continents to disseminate the results of these research studies. Exchange was fostered not only between both regions but also the two key target groups – policy-makers and researchers. For further information on the project, please visit the EU-Asia Dialogue Webpage
Below you will find a overview of books published during the course of the project. For further information and the PDF-Version of the respective issue, please click on the indicated titel. If you wish to receive a hard-copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past decade, security of the oceans has evolved into one of the key challenges to international security in Asia. While some of the threats to maritime security are not present in Europe geographically and are not as severe as they are in Asia, security of the oceans is of utmost concern to the European Union and the countries in the region.
Both Asia and Europe are facing common problems in terms of demographic change, the need to rebound from the economic crises and worries about their attractiveness in light of projected needs for legal migration. Some in Europe are even expressing concerns that the EU is losing ground in the “global war for talent”. This makes legal migration both a battleground for the best and brightest, but also an opportunity to go beyond continental solutions to migration and foster genuine cooperation so that both continents can reap the rewards.
In order to contribute to the understanding of current challenges and implemented solutions, this publication includes papers with perspectives from Europe and Asia. What are the food policies as well as present challenges in the countries? What can they learn from each other? How do they try to ensure a stable food supply? What impacts do trade, regional initiatives and technology transfer have on food security? These and other questions will be addressed by this publication.
Although the problematic consequences of climate change are undeniable, international negotiations are characterized by strategies which are still primarily driven by national interests. How can this attitude be changed? How can agreements and commitments be achieved in international negotiations? While much research has been done on the causes and impacts of climate change, there is a lack of discussion on the way that international climate change diplomacy has been carried out. This gap shall be addressed in our publication.
The chapters in this publication have been written with the aim of showcasing experiences and examples that would be useful to both Europe and Asia. They are arranged in order of broader discussions of theoretical frameworks, broad principles, and features of eco-cities to more specific discussions of themes related to eco-cities to finally country and even local examples of eco-cities that are either in practice or are being built.
Europe and Asia are closely linked on the issue of human trafficking. A large number of Asian nationals are being trafficked and smuggled to Europe to work in the sex industry, as berry pickers or in labour-intensive industries. In this context, closer cooperation between Europe and Asia is desirable. In order to contribute to the understanding of the current developments and initiatives on trafficking in human beings, this publication includes papers with perspectives from Europe and Asia.
There is a great opportunity for exchange on policies which have worked and lessons learnt. Numerous countries in Asia and Europe have introduced policy initiatives to address various aspects of social cohesion. Many of these initiatives tackle different sub-topics of this sometimes vague concept. While the policies themselves are often not transferable, they can still provide ideas and could be adapted to local circumstances.
This booklet concludes the three-year project co-funded by the European Union and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The “EU-Asia Dialogue” established a network of policymakers, academics and non-governmental actors; thus providing a platform for exchange and policy learning.