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 16: Macroeconomic convergence and the strategic (ir)relevance trap in the CAN–Brazilian interactionism

Andriy Tyushka

Abstract

The economic convergence agenda has tied the Andean Community and Brazil in their effort to economically integrate the grand region and project a strong regional identity as well as influence. The nature of CAN–Brazilian partnership finely reflects this dynamic: having started with the Fixed Tariff Preferences Agreement, the CAN–Brazilian relationship was later on enhanced by the Economic Complementation Agreement and consecutively upgraded to Brazil’s association with the Andean Community in 2005. Since then, some progress in extending this bilateral relationship beyond the economic convergence agenda has been recorded. However, the CAN–Brazilian bilateralism remains rather low-profile and largely overshadowed by all CAN member states’ associate membership in Mercosur, where Brazil plays the leading role. Moreover, the partnership is persistently challenged by regional-specifics-induced preference for old-style inter-state bilateralism.

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