The debate on regionalism is once again making headlines as the global multilateral system and its institutions are becoming less effective in addressing contemporary problems such as the global economic crisis, environment, rise of extremism, security and management of major power interaction. As a stop gap measure to fill the vacuum created by the ineffectiveness of the global leadership, there has been a growing reliance on regional bodies and its variants to take up the slack. The Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk outlines both trends for the purpose of further debate.
Apart from geography or even trade, the new regionalism will be built around ideas, shared world view, norms, common approach to problem-solving etc. This form of regionalism will be “imagined” in the sense that it is not built around shared culture, history or other factors that creates a sense of belonging. In short, the emerging world order would be built around “imagined regions”.
If this is the shape of new world order, how will the East Asian regional architecture look like? What role will the components of East Asian regionalism such as the ASEAN Community, ASEAN Plus Three, the East Asia Summit play in the emerging order?
While this blog will primarily be about East Asian regionalism, it will also be devoted to news and articles and my own thoughts on other related issues.