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Asia and Europe by Lay Hwee Yeo

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5 ASEM as an instrument for regime creation

Introduction

The two different images of ASEM as seen by realists and social constructivists have been outlined in Chapters 3 and 4. Chapter 3 focused on the most prominent feature of the ASEM enterprise — the leaders' meetings — viewed by realist scholars simply as an exercise in summit diplomacy. Chapter 4 presented a controversial aspect of ASEM as viewed by construc-tivist scholars — of ASEM as an instrument used by Asian leaders to construct a regional identity through inter-regionalism. This chapter examines a third image of ASEM using international regime analysis, in particular that of the mainstream regime theorists such as Robert Keohane.

The inspiration to also examine ASEM in the framework ...

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