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 9: The EU–Japan cooperation: sluggish but gradual and stable road to strategic partnership

Piotr Pięta


The European Union and Japan made effort to expand their cooperation in the second half of the twentieth century. However, their endeavours to develop the mutual relations into a more substantive and strategic cooperation did not substantiate up until two decades ago. The EU–Japanese case of strategic partnership is an interesting example of a pragmatic and genuinely goal-oriented cooperation between two high-profile regional but also international actors. The catalogue of cooperation goals and domains between the EU and Japan is relatively extensive, with economic links, information technologies and science-related cooperation representing the most salient ones. This chapter explores numerous examples and instances of this result-oriented strategic cooperation.

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