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The Topics

In this section you can find information on the seven topics the EU-Asia Dialogue project deals with and what activities are planned to be implemented in each cluster.

This project is undertaken to promote and disseminate knowledge and awareness of what Asia and European Member States, or respectively the EU, are doing in their regions to confront the challenges of climate change, demographic and social changes, and emerging security challenges of globalisation. Thus, the EU-Asia Dialogue encourages dialogue and exchange on policy and academic level between the two regions.

There are numerous areas of common interest for EU and Asian policymakers but effective responses to preserve or establish sustainable development in these are hampered by a series of interrelated and transregional problems to policy making that need to be overcome.

First, only few institutions have an independent mandate, local presence and the appropriate policy expertise to make relevant and comprehensive policy recommendations. Therefore, the conditions essential to ensure sustainable development, whereby policymakers receive continuous, appropriate and applicable expert guidance on how best to intervene, are often missing. These important decision makers are not sufficiently exposed to detailed and viable recommendations on how a particular set of actions can improve a situation. Second, there is an extensive amount of research on relevant topics, which is under-utilised by policymakers. This is due to often inappropriate timing of research publications, the very technical nature of most publications and the lack of practical recommendations / policy options that are actually applicable in the policy environment. Thus, there appears to be incoherence between the research community’s outputs and the policy makers’ needs. Third, there is a considerable shortage of comparative research between the two regions aiming at identifying best practices in both regions. Current research generally has a national focus - at best a regional one. This is especially true for emerging topics, such as climate change diplomacy, eco-cities, maritime piracy or the non-traditional security aspects of food security. Fourth, there is a crucial lack of strategic alliance between EU and Asian research communities. Thus, there is insufficient exchange of policy concepts, access to consistent benchmarking protocols or a holistic picture of potentially joint opportunities. Overall, this hampers the availability of joint and / or comparative research and policy options for policymakers. Fifth, there is a lack of appropriate joint dialogue forums for researchers and policymakers from both regions. There is little opportunity for in-depth interaction, discussion and deliberation between the two groups, which is crucial for relevant research and developing evidence-based policy processes.