We see Alternative Regionalism as one of the ways to break down hegemonic economic and political control globally, to monitor and seek solutions to the problems of the world for which globalisation has proved to fail to provide solutions, resulting instead in catastrophic crises that we have seen the world reeling under of late.
The program looks at current regional formations like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), among others, and assess their effectiveness in creating regional centres of economic and political power based on complementarity. Do they help build alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation that give heavy emphasis on free trade?
The sub-programme also looks at experiences in other part so the world where there have been experiments and experiences in different kinds of regional cooperation. The emphasis is not just on governments but on peoples and on people-to-people alliance building and problem solving.