The future of regional cooperation in South Asia: Lessons from the EU and ASEAN

De Geest, Sarah

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Since the organisation’s inauguration in 1985, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) integration process has yet to exceed the bare minimum, regional observers find that the organization yields too few practical results. In stark contrast, the ASEAN member states recently embarked on their most ambitious integration project yet: the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Moreover, they set their sights on a true “Asian Union” in the future. Despite the ambitious agenda of the AEC - which represents the most developed economic platform in Asia - they continuously look to expand and eventually hope to build a borderless community. While ASEAN’s regional integration steadily progresses, it is increasingly worrisome to behold the lack of parallel evolutions in South Asia. This paper aims to identify areas that that lend themselves to closer cooperation based on lessons and successes of the EU and ASEAN.

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2016
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 11:43
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Südasien, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Südasien, Wirtschaft, wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit, Kooperation, grenzenlose Gemeinschaft, regionale Integration, SAARC, EU, ASEAN, nicht-traditionelle Sicherheitsbedrohungen, Energiekooperation / South Asia, economy, economic cooperation, cooperation, borderless community, regional integration, SAARC, EU, ASEAN, Non-traditional Security Threats, Energy Cooperation
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: South Asia
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 20