difference between partner and alliance

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My understanding is that an alliance is a long-term relationship that is characterised by a agreeing with each others values (e.g. WMF and the EFF), whilst a partnership is a specific relationship around a particular project for mutual benifits (e.g. WMF and Orange). Witty lama 20:33, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

Agree with this basic definition. Alliance implies joint efforts to advance in the same direction, implies a common forward momentum and a broad set of things exchanged. Partnerships are usually more narrowly defined, with a definite timeframe. Delphine (notafish) 01:25, 16 November 2009 (UTC)
Should this taskforce therefore make a specific difference between alliances and partnerships. Should we deal with them differently?
Witty lama02:17, 12 December 2009

I agree with this basic differentiation.

I think it might also be worth looking into structures for establishing establish some kind of long-term alliances with educational/cultural/academic groups, that are less tied to a specific project.

Pharos22:40, 15 December 2009