7 Mar. 2008

NATO and Azerbaijan update Individual Partnership Action Plan

President Aliyev of Azerbaijan visiting NATO in November 2006

NATO and Azerbaijan approved an updated version of their Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) on 7 March 2008. The document is the first full-review of Azerbaijan’s IPAP since 2005.

The revised plan sets out a programme of political dialogue between Azerbaijan and NATO and enhances practical cooperation across a wide range of areas. The document contains jointly defined objectives ranging from defence and security sector reform, to democratic institution building, to public information and civil emergency planning. Azerbaijan and NATO will regularly review the implementation of the plan.

IPAPs were first launched in 2002 to complement the Individual Partnership Plans (IPPs). IPAPs are offered to any Partner country that has the political will and ability to deepen its relationship with NATO. They are designed to bring together all the various cooperation mechanisms through which a Partner interacts with the Alliance, sharpening the focus of activities to better support their domestic reform efforts.

Since the launch of the IPAP, five countries have developed such plans with NATO, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and the Republic of Moldova.