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Strategy wanted: the European union and strategic partnerships

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The European Union (EU) has nine strategic partnerships with third countries, but the rationale behind these is far from evident, and the implementation questionable. Therefore, the raison d’être of these partnerships has been largely questioned within Europe, but also by our partners. This brief proposes a critical look at the concept of strategic partnerships, and make some recommendations to EU policy-makers.

Security Policy Brief 13, Sept. 2010.
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