VOL. 4, NO. 4, PGS. 10–15


The Asian Path of Regional Integration
A conversation with Françoise Nicolas

This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.

Françoise Nicolas is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the French Institute of International Relations. She is the editor of Korea in the New Asia: East Asian Integration and the China Factor.

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What kick-started regional integration in Asia? What was it that was sought to be solved?

It depends on what you have in mind. If you are thinking of institution-based regional integration, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the first attempt. ASEAN had multiple objectives back in 1967 when it was created. One objective, which I guess was the main objective at the time, [...]

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