Held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1996, the inaugural ASEM Summit was the first formal step taken towards providing Asia and Europe with a platform of dialogue among equal partners on political, economic and social/cultural issues. Since then, all the activities derived from that first meeting have aimed at facilitating and stimulating an informal exchange of ideas in order to enhance mutual understanding of the two continents. Based on these principles, the ASEFUAN Dialogues are born to give young leaders and experts a chance to have their views heard on topics highly relevant to their future.
By creating a space for free dialogue, the ASEFUAN Dialogues are a rare opportunity for young leaders and experts to, not only exchange ideas on topics such as global governance, globalisation, international security or climate change, but also to engage in discussions with senior figures and politicial leaders. The ASEFUAN Dialogues are open to students, active members of the civil society as well as successful professionals with a high degree of expertise on a certain field.