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Implication of the EU in East Asian Regionalism as a Global Actor in a Multipolar World

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2014, 29(2), pp.173-198
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2014.29.2.006
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Hanbeom Jeong 1

1고려대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

A post-hegemonic multipolar world provides opportunities for Europe to enhance its normative leadership, while also providing a challenge to improve its military capability. Normative leadership may be effective vis-à-vis political actors that share similar characteristics; however, with the limitation of lacking coerciveness, it is difficult to be effective vis-à-vis actors that have contradicting interests. Without backing by America’s military power, it will need not only normative leadership but also leadership that carries some traits of coercive and political power to fill the vacuum left by the withdrawal of American power. The EU’s increasing role is expected to promote regionalism in East Asia similar to the ASEAN and the ASEAN Regional Forum, which can promote military and economic cooperation. With little military cooperation and geographical hurdles to exerting direct influence in this region, inter-regional cooperation by promoting regionalism is the most promising path for the EU to make influence in East Asia.

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