A new trend or an old idea in need of better understanding?
There are several determinants to the foreign policy of a modern state. Every nation wants to pursue its own short and long-term foreign policy goals and objectives in its way. The fateful incident of 9/11 has forced all the modern states not only to revisit their foreign policy choices but to revisit their allies in a different part of the world. In this state of affairs, regionalism has emerged as a viable option. The success of regionalism in Europe can be an important example for the nations of Asia, who remain hesitant about regional cooperation despite their shared economic, cultural, and geopolitical characteristics, and need for greater internal cohesion.
Regionalism is an ideology and political movement that seeks to advance the causes of regions. As a process, it plays role within the nation as well as at international level. Both types of regionalism have different meaning and have positive as well as negative impact on society, polity, diplomacy, economy, security, culture, development, negotiations, etc.
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