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 10: Close and enhanced cooperation for mutual benefit: the EU–Georgia strategic partnership as something beyond

Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska

Abstract

We may all ponder on the actual meaning of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia which came into effect in 2016. Will this strategic partnership lead to the accession of the Republic of Georgia to the European Union? Undoubtedly, Georgia is the main partner of the EU in the South Caucasus and – together with Ukraine – a key member of the Eastern Partnership; it occupies a prominent position in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Since the 1990s this relationship is characterized by steadily increasing cooperation. Georgia became the EU’s window on the South Caucasus and on the Caspian Sea region, that is, on the territory of the Russian sphere of influence – the near abroad. Undoubtedly, both of the partners benefit from the close relation, and the crises they have overcome as well as the benefits they have obtained make further strengthening of the bonds a likely outcome.

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