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Faculté de Droit, de Science Politique et de Criminologie
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Final dissertation : "NATO in the Age of Multipolarism : Strategic Partnerships as the New Alliances"

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Lestinska, Silvie ULiège
Promotor(s) : Santander, Sébastian ULiège
Date of defense : 1-Jun-2020/30-Jun-2020 • Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2268.2/9224
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Title : Final dissertation : "NATO in the Age of Multipolarism : Strategic Partnerships as the New Alliances"
Author : Lestinska, Silvie ULiège
Date of defense  : 1-Jun-2020/30-Jun-2020
Advisor(s) : Santander, Sébastian ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Michel, Quentin ULiège
Bachkatov, Nina ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 74
Keywords : [en] NATO
[en] strategic partnerships
[en] multipolarism
[en] collective security
[en] security threats
Discipline(s) : Law, criminology & political science > Political science, public administration & international relations
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté de Droit, de Science Politique et de Criminologie

Abstract

[en] The purpose of this thesis is to understand how NATO’s strategic partnerships transformed
the Alliance’s perceptions of security in the post-Cold War context. Traditional NATO’s
collective security does not function through partnerships, as partners are not members.
However, the cooperative approach to security, making partners a stakeholder in collective
security, significantly elevates the role of strategic partnerships in enhancing security and
projecting stability in Europe and beyond, due to partners’ active engagements in operational
activities led by NATO. Theoretically, the English School of International Relations theory is
chosen. It analyses the principal reasons why strategic partnerships change NATO’s
perceptions of security in the post-Cold War context. Methodologically, it is an interpretive
research design, following a post-Positivist approach along with the state-of-the-art structure
stating that NATO strategic partnerships constitute the Alliance’s de facto new operational
model in Europe. Qualitative methodology helps to exemplify NATO-Turkey in the context of
an inter-alliance crisis and NATO-Russia relations as an external crisis. The key findings of this
thesis are that the concept of strategic partnerships is included in NATO’s cooperative
approach to security, meaning partners are at the centre and future of the Alliance’s collective
security and Strategic Concept.


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