• Rethinking regionalisms in times of crises

    The demand for people-centred regional alternatives has been at the core of people’s struggles in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. This reader pulls together perspectives of social movement activists, describing the restrictive regional spaces within which they work and propose regional alternatives.
  • Tax the Rich

    The Human Development Report 2013 highlights the rise of the Global South as the main drivers of the world economy, but rapid economic growth does not always equate to improvements in human development as India's experience shows.
  • Africa: Future Trajectories for BRICS

    Despite much optimism, there are clear indications that BRICS lacks the capacity to function as a powerful and innovative new force in the realm of global politics and governance.
  • Crisis and alternatives

    In the long term we have to transcend capitalism as it cannot ensure a decent livelihood for all nor is it compatible with preserving necessary ecological balances. In the short-term we must start out with basic social democratic demands.
  • Video Documentary: Global Crises, Regional Solutions

    Activists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe argue that regional integration is the only viable response to the convergence of economic, climate, food and energy crises.

Part of the Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives Programme, TNI’s Alternative Regionalisms project believes that socially just and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the current model of corporate-led globalisation will need to emerge at a regional level – in addition to the more usual civil society focus on local and national solutions. Read more about this project

Articles

A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

Keep Sombath’s vision alive: Keynote speech by Shui Meng Ng at AEPF10

Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF,  Sombath Somphone gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane. Two months after this vibrant AEPF in Laos he disappeared.  This year his wife Shui Meng Ng gave the keynote speech, to remind us of Sombath's vision.
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From Exile to Radicalization in Venezuela

Edgardo Lander tells Paul Jay that in '98, when he saw the whole of the establishment getting together to defeat Chávez, he voted for him even though he had a lot of reasons not to like him.
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Publications

Susan George Classics

The Transnational Institute brings together Susan George’s oeuvre in this beautiful handmade boxed set of her six classic books.

Doing away with ‘labour’

Conventionally, the concept of ‘labour’ is understood as referring to waged labour – the capacity to labour as exercised through a market. It was precisely this narrow understanding of labour that the discussions in this stream challenged from several angles.

Occupy the left or ignore it?

Christophe Aguiton and Nicolas Haeringer
Why the traditional Left needs to understand, be willing to be challenged, and fully embrace the Occupy and Indignado movements.
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Events

October 2014

Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum

AEPF10 will tackle major themes or People’s Visions, which represent AEPF’s hopes for citizens of Europe and Asia. These are: - Socially Just Trade and Investment - Universal and Transformative Social Protection – Guaranteed Decent Work and Sustainable Livelihoods, Access to Essential Services and Social Security for All; - Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Land and Natural Resource Management; - Climate Justice, Sustainable Energy Production and Zero Waste; and - Peace and Security
May 2014

EU crisis policies put on trial

After six years of crisis and four years of new EU economic governance measures and Troika policies, it is high time to assess their devastating results. The Tribunal aims to analyse and expose the EU policy measures taken in response to the crisis, by presenting the social consequences of these measures in countries all over Europe.
April 2014

BRICS: Salvation or Ruination of South Africa?

Round table discussion with Dr William Gumede, author of South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or ruination? (Tafelberg Short/Tafelberg Kort, 2013) on Wednesday 30 April from 15:00 - 17:00 at the Transnational Institute, De Wittenstraat 25, 1052AK Amsterdam.
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News

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

15 December 2014
On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe

13 October 2014
The 10th Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF10) tackled five major themes, or People’s Visions, which represent AEPF’s hopes for citizens of the ASEM member countries and the communities they live in. This is their final declaration.

MEPs called on to support trade and investment rules that work for people and the planet

1 April 2014
The Alternative Trade Mandate pledge campaign was launched on 2 April in Brussels, calling on European Parliament election candidates to make EU trade and investment policy serve people and the planet, not just the profit of a few large corporations.
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