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 14: ‘Trusted friends, dynamic partners’: a modest but steadfast ASEAN–New Zealand strategic partnership

Lucyna Czechowska

Abstract

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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