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Interregional international relations

Realpolitik or reinforcement of the EUs normative power

A Case Study on the EUs relations with the CELAC
Publisher: 
Linköping University
City: 
Linköping
Volume, number, page: 
96 p.
Category: 
Abstract: 
This research aims to understand the nature and underlying motives of the EU’s relations with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The frequently claimed normative role of the EU will be examined in the context of the EUCELAC summit relations, and the cases should be outlined that cause a switch to Realpolitik behavior. Thereby, the EU’s engagement in regional integration and interregional cooperation will be illustrated and EU-CELAC cooperation areas concerning the fight against poverty and social inequality, the consolidation of good governance and the promotion of peace, and lastly, the regional integration, trade, and economic cooperation are analyzed to reach an understanding of their normative or Realpolitik content. The research illustrates the ways of understanding the EU’s normative behavior and power, and the nature of the cooperation between the EU and the CELAC, whereby it should be shown that the EU acts according to normative consideration and only in few exceptions turns towards Realpolitik behavior.

Institutional pioneers in world politics :

regional institution building and the influence of the European Union
Publisher: 
SAGE
City: 
New York
Volume, number, page: 
23: 3, pp. 654-680
Abstract: 
What drives processes of institution building within regional international organizations? We challenge those established theories of regionalism, and of institutionalized cooperation more broadly, that treat different organizations as independent phenomena whose evolution is conditioned primarily by internal causal factors. Developing the basic premise of ‘diffusion theory’ — meaning that decision-making is interdependent across organizations — we argue that institutional pioneers, and specifically the European Union, shape regional institution-building processes in a number of discernible ways. We then hypothesize two pathways — active and passive — of European Union influence, and stipulate an endogenous capacity for institutional change as a key scope condition for their operation. Drawing on a new and original data set on the institutional design of 34 regional international organizations in the period from 1950 to 2010, the article finds that: (1) both the intensity of a regional international organization’s structured interaction with the European Union (active influence) and the European Union’s own level of delegation (passive influence) are associated with higher levels of delegation within other regional international organizations; (2) passive European Union influence exerts a larger overall substantive effect than active European Union influence does; and (3) these effects are strongest among those regional international organizations that are based on founding contracts containing open-ended commitments. These findings indicate that the creation and subsequent institutional evolution of the European Union has made a difference to the evolution of institutions in regional international organizations elsewhere, thereby suggesting that existing theories of regionalism are insufficiently able to account for processes of institution building in such contexts.

Intercambio de experiencias entre los países andinos y Europa en materia de cooperación transfronteriza” informe de resultados

Informe de resultados, Proyecto CESCAN II
Publisher: 
CAN
City: 
Tulcán
Volume, number, page: 
47 p.
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
Documento que presenta las bases conceptuales, la institucionalidad de la Cooperación Transfronteriza, de aquí en adelante CTF, la importancia de contar con una Estrategia regional de CTF y el proceso que se va aplicar por parte de la Secretaría General de la CAN y su Programa de Integración y Desarrollo de Fronteras.
Parte 1. Análisis comparativo de las experiencias de cooperación transfronteriza en los países de la Comunidad Andina y en las regiones europeas. Contiene las opiniones y aportes de los participantes del Taller sobre las experiencias de CTF en
el área andina, en las euroregiones y una síntesis integral de esas aportaciones. Parte 2. Construcción de propuestas encaminadas a la definición de una Estrategiade Cooperación Transfronteriza entre los países de la Comunidad Andina.
Contiene las propuestas de los participantes, elaboradas a partir del establecimiento de la situación comparada que consta en la primera parte y que serán los insumos para la construcción de la Estrategia de Cooperación Transfronteriza.Parte 3. Próximos pasos en el proceso de construcción de la Estrategia Regional de Cooperación Transfronteriza. Contempla lo que se debe hacer de modo inmediato para dar inicio al proceso de construcción de la estrategia y los compromisos que se deben asumir para el efecto.

City-regions and their role in the Euro-Latin American relations

Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Volume, number, page: 
2:1, pp.363-370
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
This paper argues that a new agenda for the relations between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is necessary, and that city regions can play an important role in it. Due to the shortcomings of the previous interregional strategy and the futile discussion if Latin America follows the European integration model, this new agenda should focus more on triangular and decentralized forms of cooperation aid, trade issues, and the knowledge transfer of poverty- and polarization-reduction strategies. Based on the foreign policy approaches of two Colombian case studies (the city-regions of Barranquilla and Medellin), it is shown that the international activities of Latin American city-regions can open new perspectives for EU–LAC relations.

Relations between regional integration processes

the legal aspects of the Association Agreements between the European Union and South America
Publisher: 
EUSA
City: 
Boston
Volume, number, page: 
15 p.
Category: 
Abstract: 
Our main concern is to conclude how South American regional integration blocks could develop relations in a specific legal frame of association agreements and how this fourth generation treaties, developed by the European Union, deal with third countries or groups of countries. More specifically, we are interested in knowing how legally bound regulations formulated in the three different pillars of these Agreements can be for integration processes or member states.

Requirements for Effective European Union Leadership in Science and Cultural Diplomacy on (Inter) Regionalism in the South

Requirements for Effective European Union Leadership in Science and Cultural Diplomacy on (Inter) Regionalism in the South
Publisher: 
ONU-CRIS
City: 
Brugge
Volume, number, page: 
28 p.
Abstract: 
This inception paper expatiates on the conditions that are necessary in determining the effectiveness of the European Union’s (the EU’s) leadership in science and cultural diplomacy (SCD) on regionalism and inter-regionalism in the South. These conditions include willingness, capacity and acceptance. Willingness delineates the scope of the ambition of the EU in SCD. Capacity covers elements that pertain to breadth and depth/ quality and quantity of resources mobilized and available to lead SCD that delivers results. Acceptance refers to the nature of the credibility that the EU is able to command both within and outside the Union respecting its influence to attract followers both amongst Member States of the Union as well as third states, regional and international organizations. The emphasis of the paper is on effectiveness in terms of impact on regionalism and inter-regionalism in the South. Focus is placed on regional and inter-regional processes/ initiatives in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

EU foreign policy towards Latin America 

EU foreign policy towards Latin America 
Publisher: 
Palgrave Macmillan
City: 
Basingstoke
Volume, number, page: 
187 p.
Category: 
Abstract: 
This book analyzes the relations between two geographical areas with different levels of regional institutionalization: the European Union and Latin America. Characterized by low interdependence and asymmetry, this relationship operates in different levels ranging from EU-individual countries to EU-Latin American summits.
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