States, International Organizations and Strategic Partnerships
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States, International Organizations and Strategic Partnerships

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

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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Chapter 5: The long and winding road to strategic partnership: the NATO–Japan relations

Agata Domachowska

Abstract

Historically, the development of the NATO–Japan partnership has been rather steady, and each of its stages has been continuously strengthening practical cooperation between both actors. The initial contacts were established at the beginning of the 1990s. Today, Japan is one of the sixteen major non-NATO allies. Japan–NATO partnership is the most durable of all NATO partnerships across the globe. In 2013, NATO and Japan signed a joint declaration in which the partners manifested their mutual commitment to deepening the bilateral ties. Finally, in 2014 Japan and NATO launched the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme in which the partners covered seven areas of even closer cooperation on security matters. Throughout the recent years, Japan has been continuously trying to boost the international support for its highly salient security concerns. Therefore, this chapter elaborates on both future challenges as well as opportunities for the NATO–Japan strategic partnership.

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