The European Union and the Asian Security Order: Normative Aspirations and Strategic Interests
As the European Union (EU) grapples with multiple challenges, Manasi Singh argues that its presence as a more coherent and visible foreign policy actor needs renewed attention. Interestingly, the EU Global Strategy 2016 talks about a fully fledged role in Asia for the EU, emphasising economic diplomacy, inter-regionalism and scaling-up Europe’s security role in the region. Although the EU has been caught up with security issues in its neighbourhood, it is keen to ‘pivot’ towards Asia, given its high economic stakes and maritime interests in the region. The chapter discusses the EU’s normative aspirations in reinforcing and expanding a rules-based global order while simultaneously balancing its strategic interests in terms of regional powers in Asia.
KeywordsEuropean Union Asia EU Global Strategy Normative power Security Global Order
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