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The European Strategic Partnerships Observatory

In an international system marked by power shifts and deepening interdependence, the European Union’s relations with pivotal global and regional powers will play a critical role. (suite…)

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EU Partnerships on Development

Date : 11-12-2014
This new ESPO report edited by Clare Castillejo brings together a number of international experts on development issues, with a view to explore the EU’s cooperation with some of its strategic partners on development. Read more

Korea-EU Partnership on Development

Date : 02-12-2014
This policy brief reviews South Korea’s development policies, and how synergies are being developed with European donors. The partnership between the EU and South Korea in development contains a number of commitments and opportunities, Read more

Development and the India-EU Strategic Partnership

Date : 28-10-2014
This policy brief suggests that while some basic collaboration is taking place between the EU and India, it is unlikely that in the medium term the strategic partnership will significantly expand bilateral or trilateral development engagement. Read more

The EU and its partners on development: how strategic on the ground?

Date : 10-10-2014
In this Policy Brief, two international experts examine the level of interaction on development cooperation between the EU and its strategic partners, focussing on two specific case studies: Nepal and Mozambique. Read more

China-EU Partnership on Development

Date : 08-09-2014
This policy brief looks at the fundamental divergences between the European and Chinese approaches on development issues, but it also identifies potential complementarities and priorities for the two partners. Read more

Brazil’s strategic partnerships: origins, agendas and outcomes

Date : 25-07-2014
In this working paper, Brazilian scholar Alcides Costa Vaz reviews the origins, agenda and outcomes of Brazil’s strategic partnerships. This paper is part of a series on ‘The Global Partnerships Grid’. Read more

The EU and South Africa: towards a new partnership for development

Date : 15-07-2014
This policy brief, authored by Lesley Masters, compares the EU’s and South Africa’s development policies in Africa. It identifies convergences, divergences, and evaluates the potential for trilateral cooperation. Read more

The EU-Brazil partnership on development: a lukewarm affair

Date : 02-07-2014
In this policy brief, Lidia Cabral looks into the main priorities of the Brazilian policy for international development, and how it cooperates with the EU to pursue regional and global objectives. Read more

China’s strategic partnership diplomacy: engaging with a changing world

Date : 30-06-2014
CICIR senior experts Feng Zhongping and Huang Jing offer an original analysis of the motivations behind the booming of strategic partnerships in China’s diplomacy. Read more

The rise of cyber-diplomacy

Date : 18-06-2014
In this paper, Thomas Renard reviews the scope of the EU’s cooperation with its strategic partners on cyber-security and internet governance. Read more

The American way of partnership

Date : 04-06-2014
Daniel Hamilton examines the purpose and content of US strategic partnerships with other countries worldwide. Read more

Partners in crime? The EU, its strategic partners and international organised crime

Date : 06-05-2014
A new ESPO Working Paper on the EU, its strategic partners and international organised crime. Read the paper here.

New Paper on counter-terrorism

Date : 16-01-2014
ESPO publishes a new Working Paper on the EU’s cooperation with its strategic partners on countering international terrorism. It is the second paper in a series of four on the EU’s strategic partnerships and international security issues. See the paper here.

New Paper on non-proliferation

Date : 14-10-2013
Egmont's Senior Researcher Thomas Renard published an ESPO Working Paper on the EU's cooperation with its strategic partners on nuclear non-proliferation. It is the first in a series of four papers on the EU's strategic partnerships and international security issues. See the paper here. (Photo credit: NNSANews, Flickr)

Conference on EU-China

Date : 13-09-2013
ESPO, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, is organising a panel discussion on the theme 'Partnering for the Future'. As the scope and importance of the strategic partnership between the EU and China continues to grow, this event provides a timely occasion to debate the opportunities and challenges facing this relationship, and assess prospects for its development. See the programme of the event here.

New Policy Brief on EU-India

Date : 13-09-2013
FRIDE's Researcher Gauri Khandekar published a critical assessment of the EU-India strategic partnership. She offers concrete recommendations to enhance trust and foster cooperation between the two sides. See here.

New Policy Brief on EU-Brazil

Date : 13-09-2013
Following the EU-Brazil summit, which took place in March 2013, ESPO is publishing an assessment of the partnership. This policy brief was written by Elena Lazarou, Director of the Centre for International Relations, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. See here. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Launch of new ESPO website

Date : 13-09-2013
ESPO is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which is the first-ever platform providing extensive information and analysis on EU strategic partnerships. This website was kindly supported by Germany's Federal Foreign Office.