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Title: Minilateralism for multilateralism in the post-COVID age
Authors: Amalina Anuar
Hussain, Nazia
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science::International relations
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Amalina Anuar & Hussain, N. (2021). Minilateralism for multilateralism in the post-COVID age. RSIS Policy Report, (19 January 2021).
Journal: RSIS Policy Report
Abstract: As progress in global governance fora decelerates, minilateralism is increasingly pushed to the fore as a complement, and more provocatively, as an alternative to multilateralism. In contrast to the multiple interests of an expanding and diverse membership, as well as the geopoliticisation of governance issues stemming from escalating US-China tensions, minilaterals offer an edge vis-à-vis informality, select membership, and a narrower issuebased focus. Despite this promise, however, minilateralism has a mixed track record given factors, both external and internal, to minilaterals themselves. Considering a recent slew of recommendations for greater minilateral participation on the part of ASEAN members, and more broadly, countries within the Indo-Pacific, this report examines opportunities for and challenges to enhancing the effectiveness of minilateralism in a post-COVID-19 era, with an eye towards strengthening multilateral governance.
Schools: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 
Organisations: Centre for Multilateralism Studies
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: open
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