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 8: A marriage of convenience? The EU–India reluctant strategic partnership

Lucyna Czechowska

Abstract

Some significant similarities in values and the democratic system itself as well as an extraordinary number of common bodies and dialogues notwithstanding, the relationship between the European Union and India lends itself to a rather unenthusiastic qualification as a static, reluctant and even disappointing bilateralism. Both actors seem to acknowledge one another’s status as major international players, but cannot reach the cohesion about one another’s role (to be) played in shaping contemporary international affairs. The first question that this chapter seeks to address is how the interplay of (largely weak) strategic goals and roles convergence has so far shaped partners’ cooperation willingness. It also examines two foundations of trust between the partners: mutual understanding and respect. Moreover, the chapter provides a detailed analysis of factors that determine actors’ cooperation sustainability and offers insights into why the highly potential Indo-European partnership has so far ranked amongst the world’s most disappointing underachievers.

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