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States, International Organizations and Strategic Partnerships

Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Diplomacy, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Andriy Tyushka, Research Fellow, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe, Natolin, Agata Domachowska, Assistant Professor, Department of Balkan Studies, Faculty of Languages, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Karolina Gawron-Tabor, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Department, WSB University in Toruń and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of International Relations, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland
In post-Cold War international relations, strategic partnerships are an emerging and distinct analytical and political category critical in understanding the dynamics of contemporary strategic cooperation between states and International Organizations. However, the idea of strategic partnerships has remained under-theorized and overshadowed by the alliance theory. Addressing this clear-cut gap in the International Relations/Foreign Policy Analysis literature, this book originally endeavors to theorize and empirically test the analytical model of strategic partnerships as a new form of sustainable international cooperation in times of globalized interdependence and turbulence.
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Publication Date: 2019
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In post-Cold War international relations, strategic partnerships are an emerging and distinct analytical and political category critical in understanding the dynamics of contemporary strategic cooperation between states and International Organizations. However, the idea of strategic partnerships has remained under-theorized and overshadowed by the alliance theory. Addressing this clear-cut gap in the International Relations/Foreign Policy Analysis literature, this book originally endeavors to theorize and empirically test the analytical model of strategic partnerships as a new form of sustainable international cooperation in times of globalized interdependence and turbulence.

Framed by the mixed-methods research strategy as well as essentially drawing on software-supported content analysis and statistical hypothesis testing, this book empirically explores fourteen of the most-diverse case studies of strategic partnerships forged by the European Union, NATO, ASEAN and the Andean Community. It challenges and tests a number of advanced scholarly propositions on the notion of these partnerships and succeeds in confirming the allegedly most salient assumptions –strategic partnerships are innately goal-driven and trust-based frameworks of sustainable bilateral alignment and structured international engagement in twenty-first century world politics.

This edited volume addresses topical issues for both theory and practice of international relations, for it will enjoy a broad appeal among three major audiences and markets: academics and policy analysts, policy professionals and graduate and postgraduate students.
‘Over the past decade, “strategic partnerships” have multiplied in international politics, becoming a prominent tool of diplomacy. However, only few academics have focussed on these partnerships, either as concept or instrument. This book is a fine contribution to locate “strategic partnerships” in the IR literature, building on interesting theoretical and empirical insights.’
–Thomas Renard, Egmont Institute, Belgium

‘In the book, the strategic partnership is analyzed in empirical and theoretical terms as a form of cooperation between states and international organizations conditioned by changes at the level of the international system after the end of the Cold War. One of the undeniable advantages of the book is, first of all, the abandonment of the state-centric approach to strategic partnership dominating as so far in IR research. Secondly, strategic partnership of cooperation between NATO, EU, ASEAN, CAN and 14 countries is analyzed - on the one hand - as a relatively new area of IR practice, and on the other hand as the subject of theoretical thinking and as a proposed original model, which is a suggested tool for studying the practice of strategic partnership.’
– Marek Pietraś, Marie Curie Skłodowska University, Poland

‘This immense and impressive volume is a welcome and timely contribution to the study of strategic partnerships in international relations. With its focus on strategic partnerships between states and international organizations, it covers a hitherto underexplored aspect of this form of cooperation. Empirically rich and theoretically ambitious, this volume will be an indispensable reference for anyone seeking to understand the full range of strategic partnerships in world politics today and the implications for international relations theory.’
– Ulrich Krotz, European University Institute, Italy

‘An outstanding comparative tour de force on strategic partnerships across the world. It differs from previous research due to a thorough, well thought out, innovative theoretical framework used consistently throughout the 14 case studies. It includes well-documented studies on the major countries of the world and their relationships with the European Union, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Andean Community (CAN) and the North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO). The innovative, quantitative and qualitative methodology used is extensively explained and based on a database on strategic partnerships. An indispensable tool and deserving a special place in any library.’
– José M. Magone, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany


Contributors: L. Czechowska, A. Domachowska, K. Gawron-Tabor, J. Piechowiak-Lamparska, P. Pięta, B. Płotka, B. Różycki, A. Tyushka














Contents:

PART I THEORY
1. Strategic Partnerships, International Politics and IR Theory
Andriy Tyushka and Lucyna Czechowska

2. States, International Organizations and Strategic Partnerships: Theorizing an ‘Ideal Model’
Andriy Tyushka, Lucyna Czechowska, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska

PART II MODEL
3. Model Specification and Operationalization: The Basic Correlates of Strategic Partnerships
Lucyna Czechowska, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor, Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska and Andriy Tyushka

PART III CASE STUDIES
NATO Strategic Partnerships
4. The Beginning of a New Cold War? The Failure of the NATO-Russia Strategic Partnership
Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska

5. The Long and Winding Road to Strategic Partnership: The NATO–Japan Relations
Agata Domachowska

6. An Evolving NATO–Ukraine Strategic Partnership in a Turbulent Security Environment
Andriy Tyushka

EU Strategic Partnerships
7. Between Cooperation and Competition: The Strategic Partnership Between the European Union and the US
Karolina Gawron-Tabor

8. A Marriage of Convenience? The EU–India Reluctant Strategic Partnership
Lucyna Czechowska

9. The EU–Japan Cooperation: Sluggish but Gradual and Stable Road to Strategic Partnership
Piotr Pięta

10. Close and Enhanced Cooperation for Mutual Benefit: The EU–Georgia Strategic Partnership as Something Beyond
Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska

ASEAN Strategic Partnerships
11. Doomed to Cooperate? The ASEAN–China Partnership
Agata Domachowska

12. The Imitation Game? The Partnership between ASEAN and Canada in Search of Strategic Relevance
Bartosz Płotka

13. The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership: Australia as an Awkward Partner
Karolina Gawron-Tabor

14. ‘Trusted Friends, Dynamic Partners’: A Modest but Steadfast ASEAN–New Zealand Strategic Partnership
Lucyna Czechowska

CAN Strategic Partnerships
15. The Development vs Geo-Economics Nexus in the CAN–China Interactionism
Andriy Tyushka

16. Macroeconomic Convergence and Strategic (Ir)Relevance Trap in the CAN–Brazilian Interactionism
Andriy Tyushka

17. Together We CAN!... or CAN’T? A Struggling Détente between the Andean Community and Chile and (Lost) Opportunities of a Strategic Partnership
Bartłomiej Różycki

Conclusions
Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Lucyna Czechowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska

Index