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Comparing Regional Integration Institutions: America, Africa, And Asia

Academy of Global Governance

 8-10 October 2014


What participants say…

“I enjoyed and will benefit a lot from my experience at the Academy of Global Governance. The training seminar broadens my horizon in the discussion of regional integration “
Ayse Irem Kirac, University of Antwerp, Belgium

“An extraordinary melting pot of academics, researchers and officers coming from all around the world”
Emanuele Urzi, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy

“It is a quite exciting and rewarding experience for me to study and exchange ideas with many great scholars”
Yifan Yang, King’s College London, United Kingdom


Scientific Coordinator

Carlos Juan Closa Montero | EUI and Institute for Public Goods and Policies



“Integration” means different things to different actors in different contexts. Whilst the EU has been the pioneer and, usually, the paradigm, actors in other schemes and areas challenge the validity of referring to a “model” either to model their own instruments and/or to evaluate achievements. Rather, the argument is made that integration schemes are ad hoc creations, tailor made to suit specific national realities and international contexts. Thus, the purpose of this Executive Training Seminar was to discuss integration schemes on the basis of their own merits, their own goals and their own achievements. Specifically, it focused on integration in America, Africa, and Asia and the most significant integration schemes in each area.





Amitav Acharya | American University: ASEAN and Community Building in Southeast Asia

Hélène Gandois | United Nations: Security Regionalism in Africa: a Layered and Complex Architecture

Luk Van Langenhove | United nations University Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies: A Conceptual Tool to Compare Regional Integration Schemes: Theory and Practice

Diana Tussie | FLACSO/Argentina: The Rise, Tensions and Struggles of Post Hegemonic Regionalism

Yeo Lay Hwee | The European Union Centre in Singapore: The Future of Regionalism – A comparative look at the EU and ASEAN



Giovanni Agostinis | IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy

Ethel Bayona Briones Foundation for Economic Freedom, Philippines

Christian Benelli University of Bologna, Italy

Dina Nath Bhattarai Transparency International Nepal, Nepal

Michael Boseret Chambre of Commerce Belgium-Luxembourg-Colombia, Belgium

Manuel De Vera Asian Institute of Management, Philippines

Liana DigkaConsultant, Belgium

Tim Eestermans Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates

Arafet Farraruk Carthage University, Tunisia

Philipp Oliver Gross European External Action Service, Belgium

Ayse Irem Kirac University of Antwerp, Belgium

Brunilda Koço Diplomat, Albania

Katharina Meissner European University Institute, Italy

Ida Musialkowska Poznan University, Poland

Marcello Mondelli Centro de Formacion para la Integración Regional, Uruguay

Monica Parodi University of Genova, Italy

Stefano Palestini Céspedes European University Institute, Italy

Stavros Petropoulos European External Action Service, Belgium

Kerstin Radtke University of Konstanz, Switzerland

Alessandro Rubino University of Bari, Italy

Stefan Schirm European University Institute, Italy

Vladimir Shopov New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Rike Sohn Center for European Integration Studies, Germany

Emanuele Urzi Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy

Syuzanna Vasilyan American University of Armenia, Armenia

Rasmus Wendt Nordic Council of Ministers, Norway

Yifan Yang King’s College London, United Kingdom



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