Click the link on the right to access the executive summary and key recommendations
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.
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, POLITICO columnist and for many years Reuters EU Affairs editor, 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.
We are pleased to launch the executive summary and key recommendations of the study at the Warsaw Security Forum, a leading two-day conference in Central and Eastern Europe organised by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation from 24-25 October. The full study will be available in January 2019.
The study complements three similar studies on France, Germany and the United Kingdom’s roles in European security and defence.
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