Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 02/2015

Keeping EU-Asia Reengagement on Track

Richard Youngs

January 2015

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The relationship between the European Union (EU) and Asia is in flux. The EU intensified its economic ties to Asia and boosted its security cooperation in the region in 2011 and 2012. But new challenges, including the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, have made it difficult to sustain this incipient momentum. There are a number of steps that EU and Asian governments can and should take to continue to strengthen their relations.