The NEAR--A New Dimension in Asia-Europe Relations: Exploring EU’s Global Actorness and Strategic Partnership in Asia (China, India, Japan and South Korea)—aims at exploring ways how the EU can enhance its “Global Actorness” in the relationship with the Asian Strategic Partners. The NEAR network is hosted by Korea University (KU-KIEP-SBS EU Centre), and is consisted of four institutes in Asia-Pacific Regions (Fudan University (China), Keio University (Japan), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and University of Canterbury (New Zealand). The NEAR network expects to promote excellence in teaching and research in EU Studies and to foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers in particular to enhance governance of EU Policies.
The contribution of NEAR is to promote two aspects of EU-Asia Relations: 1) Reconsideration and Reassessment of Normative Power Europe in Asia, and 2) Searching for the Direction of ASEM’s future development.
The Target Groups of NEAR include:
- Specific EU-related subjects in studies which have limited exposure to but are increasingly affected by European Aspects
- Policy Makers, Civil Servants, Organised Civil Society and the General Public at large (researchers—Young researchers like fresh PhDs, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students).
The long-term objective of the NEAR Network is to provide helpful references points in reconsideration of the future of EU-Asia relations and a platform for further research upon regional cooperation.