Trends in Southeast Asia: The politics of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

July 1st, 2015


By Tang Siew Mun


Asia needs US$8.22 trillion to fund its infrastructure investment from 2010 to 2020, and existing lending institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are unable to meet these requirements. Asia’s annual funding requirement of US$747.5 billion is 4.5 times more than the ADB’s subscribed capital.


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Analysis on Regional Integration, Asia

Nepal: People’s SAARC challenges regional elite’s agenda

December 16th, 2014

Nepal: People’s SAARC challenges regional elite’s agenda 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

By Farooq Tariq

A People’s SAARC protest in Kathmandu.


The 18th South Asian Associations for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit took place at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 25 and 26. The heads of the eight states of South Asia took part in the summit.

Kathmandu [...] Continue Reading…

Analysis on Regional Integration, Asia

Economic integration for whom?

March 21st, 2014

By Dorothy Grace Guerrero


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is less than one year away from launching its Economic Community or AEC, a common market that will comprise 600 million people and have a combined GDP of nearly US$2 trillion (64 trillion baht).

It is being propped up [...] Continue Reading…

Analysis on Regional Integration, Asia

West Cold-Shoulders Rebuilding Southern Africa

August 29th, 2013

LILONGWE/JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 2013 (IPS) – The Southern African Development Community has had to revisit its plans to raise funding for its ambitious regional development plan in the wake of a cold-shoulder from western nations and multilateral finance institutions.

“Nobody has come forward to fund any of the projects we [...] Continue Reading…

Africa, Analysis on Regional Integration

Declaration “SADC We want: acting together -­ ensuring accountability!” (9th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum)

August 14th, 2013

9th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (10-14 August 2013, Lilongwe, Malawi)

Representatives of civil society organizations from across the Southern Africa Region, met under the auspices of the Fellowship of Christian Councils of Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Development Community – Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (SADC-­‐CNGO) and the Southern Africa [...] Continue Reading…

Activities organized by the regional networks, Africa

Rebuilding regions in times of crises: the future of Europe and the ‘voice’ of citizens

July 18th, 2013

Lorenzo Fioramonti

Crises, like those gripping Europe, tend to expose the process and practice of regional governance as technocratic and elite-driven. But citizens and civil society may well demand more voice and power, in a ‘politicisation’ of regions.

In a globalizing world, where old and new evolutions challenge traditional decision making and (nation) [...] Continue Reading…

Analysis on Regional Integration, Regional Integration and alternatives Theory

The hard road to a South American Mercosur

July 17th, 2013

by Kintto Lucas

ALAI AMLAT-en, 17/07/2013.- In the past few years, South America has taken some decisive steps toward regional integration. Aware of the challenges of globalization, which have surfaced in international political and economic crises, as well as in the proliferation of transnational illicit activities that are [...] Continue Reading…

Latin America

The EU has never been a European solidarity organisation. The European peoples must create their own unity

July 16th, 2013

16 July by Eric Toussaint


Interview by Monique Van Dieren and Claudia Benedetto for Contrastes magazine |1|.

The EU and the Eurozone were created solely to favour capital and apply its principles: total liberty of movement for capital, free circulation of goods and services, unrestricted commercial competition and the undermining [...] Continue Reading…


The EU as a template for ASEAN?

May 3rd, 2013

Authors: Edward Moxon-Browne, University of Limerick, and Philomena Murray, University of Melbourne

Is the EU a template for regional integration in Southeast Asia? Caution is required in seeking to propose a model.

Comparisons can be made between the decision-making structures in ASEAN and the EU, but, given the unique circumstances of [...] Continue Reading…


Would a Euro Area Banking Union Have Saved Cyprus?

April 29th, 2013

Philip Arestis and Malcolm Sawyer

Whether a euro area banking union would have saved Cyprus from its recent TROIKA (of European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF) tragic treatment is a very interesting question. If it would, then clearly a move towards a banking union, as part of the construction [...] Continue Reading…