December 2, 2020 - 3:00 pm


Burcu Ermeydan
PhD Candidate in International Relations
Kadir Has University
Visiting Researcher at KUASIA for 2020-21

Despite showing rapid institution-building process since the early 1990s, East Asia is still one of the severely under-institutionalized regions in the world. In the region, there is no single regional organization which exclusively brings all East Asian states together. Instead, regional formation in East Asia is fragmented among regional organizations/groups, most of which geographically overlap. It is possible to give ASEAN, East Asian Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, APEC, APT as examples for these overlapping regional formations. Therefore, the regional institutional landscape in East Asia can be defined by overlapping regionalism, which occurs when one state or more than one state becomes a member of more than one regional organization simultaneously. Nevertheless, scholarship has underexplored the motives and the influence of the overlapping regionalism in East Asia.
This presentation aims to provide an overview of East Asian regionalism within the context of overlapping membership. It targets to highlight current dynamics of East Asian regionalism together with reasons and results of overlapping regionalism. By doing so, it will be possible to discuss the future of regionalism in East Asia.