The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM, est. 1996) is an interregional forum which consists of the members of the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China, Japan and South Korea. The main components of the ASEM process include political dialogue, economy, education and culture. Multiregionalism and Multilateralism focuses on the institutionalsiation of intra-regional and inter-regional cooperation in the international system with emphasis on the changing relationship between the EU, China and India. The role of ASEM in this relationship is growing more important because of the growth of multilateralism as cornerstone of the international system.
Sebastian Bersick is associate professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan University, Shanghai. At SIRPA he is the executive director of the Centre for China-EU Relations. He is also an associate fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.
Paul van der Velde works at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Leide/Amsterdam). He is Chief Executive Officer of the International Convention of Asia Scholars, Secretary of the ICAS Book Prize and General Editor of the IIAS and ICAS Book Series published by Amsterdam University Press. He is co-editor with Sebastian Bersick and Wim Stokhof of Multiregionalsim and Multilateralism. Asian-European Relations in a Global Context (Amsterdam: AUP 2006).
Prof. Dr Wim Stokhof is Secretary General van de International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS).