“FORT TRUMP” OR BUST?

Poland and the future of European defence - Report Launch

28 January 2019 - 13:00 - 14:00
Anna Maria Anders, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Jamie Shea, Tomasz Szatkowski , Paul Taylor
Introduction

Poland has never been more prosperous, stable and safer than at the start of the 21st century as a sovereign state as well as a member of NATO and of the European Union. It is at peace with its neighbours and enjoys enviable rates of economic growth, investment and employment. Yet the country is haunted by feelings of national insecurity and historical grievance. Chairman of the ruling party Law and Justice, Jarosław Kaczyński sees enemies and threats everywhere and safety, if at all, only in the tightest possible bilateral defence relationship with the United States rather than in the collective embrace of European partners and NATO allies.

In this context, Friends of Europe is releasing a study on Poland and the future of European defence. Authored by Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and POLITICO columnist, it examines Poland’s strategic position, its defence relationships and diplomatic alliances, the role and current state of the armed forces, and the place of its defence industries. It will offer recommendations for how to optimise Poland’s defence policy to best assure its own long-term security interests and those of Europe.
This study will be launched both in Brussels and Warsaw, and it will be available online in January 2019

The study is a part of Friends of Europe’s series on European defence cooperation. It complements three similar studies on France, Germany and the United Kingdom’s roles in European defence: 

Crunch time – France and the future of European defence 
Jumping over its shadow – Germany and the future of European defence
Safer together – The United Kingdom and the future of European defence 


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13.00 - 14.00

“Fort Trump” or Bust? Poland and the future of European security and defence 

Poland has never been more prosperous, stable and safer than at the start of the 21st century as a sovereign, independent state and a member of NATO and of the European Union. It is at peace with its neighbours and enjoys enviable rates of economic growth, investment and employment. Yet the country is led by a reclusive politician haunted by feelings of national insecurity and historical grievance. Jaroslaw Kaczynski sees enemies and threats everywhere and safety, if at all, only in the tightest possible bilateral defence relationship with the United States rather than in the collective embrace of European partners and NATO allies.

Speakers:
Anna Maria Anders, 
Polish Secretary of State and Senator
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Member of the European Parliament, and Polish Minister for European Affairs (1991-1996, 2000-2001)
Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe
Tomasz Szatkowski, Polish Deputy Minister and Under-Secretary of State of Defence in the Ministry of National Defense

Moderated by:
Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow, Friends of Europe

 
 

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Anna Maria Anders
Polish Secretary of State and Senator
Anna Maria Anders is both a Senator and a Minister in the Republic of Poland. She is Secretary of State in the government of Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, where she is the Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue. As a senator, she represents Poland’s eastern flank which includes: Lomża, Augustów and Suwałki. In addition she represents Poland in the WIP (Women in Parliaments) Global Forum, a global network of female parliamentarians that supports greater participation of women in politics and promotes equal rights of women worldwide.
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
Member of the European Parliament, and Polish Minister for European Affairs (1991-1996, 2000-2001)
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski is a Polish diplomat and politician who is currently Member of the European Parliament. He was a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which he also chaired for two years, and served as Vice President of the European Parliament. Prior to his career in Brussels, Saryusz-Wolski became the first Polish Minister for European when this office was created in 1991.
Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
Tomasz Szatkowski
Polish Deputy Minister and Under-Secretary of State of Defence in the Ministry of National Defense
Tomasz Szatkowski serves as a Deputy Minister - Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence. He has a long experience in national security, especially in defense policy and armaments as well as the supervision of special services and public media. In recent years, he has been assigned by the Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz to prepare the Polish position for the NATO Warsaw Summit. He has also led the Strategic Defense Review which has been finished in May 2017.
Paul Taylor
Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, Contributing Editor for Politico and Author of “Safer together: the United Kingdom and the future of European security and defence”
Paul Taylor is a Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and the author of Friends of Europe’s European Defence Cooperation report series. A Paris-based journalist, he also writes the "Europe at Large" column for Politico. He previously spent four decades working for Reuters as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Tehran, Bonn and Brussels, as bureau chief in Israel/Palestine, Berlin and Brussels, as chief correspondent in France, as diplomatic editor in London, and finally as European affairs editor. His assignments have included covering the Iranian revolution, the Cold War Euromissile crisis, the 1991 Gulf War, German reunification, the Maastricht summit, France in the 1990s, EU enlargement, the Eurozone crisis and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt.
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