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ASEM's Role in Enhancing Asia-Europe Cooperation:
Ten Years of Achievements and Future Challenges

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was established in 1996 to strengthen Asian-European relations, which had traditionally been weak, in contrast to strong Asian-North American and European-North American relations. While dialogue and cooperation between the two regions at the official, governmental, and civil society levels has advanced in the political, economic/financial, and social/educational/cultural domains since the first ASEM summit meeting, significant global changes over the past decade have changed expectations for Asian-European cooperation.

On the occasion of ASEM's tenth anniversary, the Foreign Ministries of Finland and Japan sponsored a research project to evaluate the ASEM process and explore future possibilities. The final research report, conducted by the Japan Center for International Exchange and the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies, was presented to the ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in March 2006 and it served as background material at the ASEM Summit in September 2006.

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