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 17: Together we CAN! . . . or CAN’T? A struggling détente between the Andean Community and Chile and (lost) opportunities of a strategic partnership

Bartłomiej Różycki

Abstract

Having returned to the idea of Andean integration after leaving the Community in 1976, Chile was seeking opportunities to – as president Michelle Bachelet said – come back to the place which they never should have left. Santiago hoped to enhance its concept of open regionalism, which would make it possible for the region and the outside states to gain benefits from broadly established economic liaisons. On the other hand, it was believed that Chile’s participation in the CAN would be mutually beneficial. Nevertheless, the initial enthusiasm has faded as Chilean ambitions regarding its position in a broader regional and global context strongly contrasted with the status of the CAN, which is struggling with its internal cohesion problems and lack of detailed vision regarding future strategic goals. This all made the concept of strategic partnership between Chile and the CAN fail to meet the parties’ expectations.

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