Interregionalism and International Relations, Heiner
Hänggi, Ralf Roloff and Jürgen Rüland, eds., Routledge
Advances in International Relations and Global Politics; London:
Routledge, 2006, pp. 364.
How do we explain a widespread international phenomenon that only
occasionally contributes to the geo-strategic or economic interests of the
participating states? This book is about interregionalism, the
international organizations and institutions that link regional
organizations from more than one region of the world (as, for example,
ASEM, also known as Asia-Europe Meeting) or that span across more than one
region, such as APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) or FTAA (Free
Trade Area of the Americas). The fact is that few of these institutions
have accomplished much in concrete terms, yet they continue to
proliferate, as the four-and-a-half page list of acronyms at the beginning
of this volume amply demonstrates.