Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 14: ‘Trusted friends, dynamic partners’: a modest but steadfast ASEAN–New Zealand strategic partnership
Among all ten Dialogue Partners of ASEAN, New Zealand is in many ways an exceptional case. It is the only minor regional power among global and major regional powers; the size of its territory, population as well as its economic or military strength place it at the bottom of the ranking list. Yet in ASEAN’s partnership network, this small Western democracy was able to gain the status comparable to China, the US or the EU. Among the ASEAN partnerships, it is a modest one as regards the quantity of produced bilateral manifestos, contacts level and pursued activities; however, it clearly stands out in terms of strategic roles convergence, shared experiences, mutual respect and resistance to internal challenges. Content analysis, strategic narratives analysis and statistical analysis were deployed to evaluate the past progress and anticipate the future dynamics of the ASEAN–New Zealand strategic partnership.
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