Policy and Institutional Frameworks
Regionalization of Northeast Asia
Triggered by pertinent political developments as the rise of China, North Korea going nuclear, the growing international self-confidence in Japan and the increasing frictions between China and Japan, awareness has been sharpened that there is a need to find plausible answers to the question of how to achieve lasting order, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia.
The demand for viable strategies that transcend former ideas and existing frameworks, but which still have to be practicable and manageable is daunting. However, these need to be built on sound theoretical, practical and current research in the fields of politics, security and economy. One approach in the search for creative concepts is via the lens of regional institutionalization.
The development of contemporary regionalism with all its forms is considered to be a key to understanding the emerging new world order. Four major questions would thus define this research:
- Can the theory and practice of regional institutionalization respond to the specific challenges in Northeast Asia?
- What are the premises and prospects of regional processes in Northeast Asia?
- Which steps have to be taken?
- Have the processes of globalization paved the way for regional institutionalization in Northeast Asia and made the seemingly "impossible" finally possible?
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