This book examines how the changing post-Cold War order affected Poland's security policy and particularly how the West's weakening position and Russia's revisionist policy reinforced the traditional view of security in Poland. It addresses the reasons why Poland, a middle power in Central Europe, adopted a bridging strategy in the early 1990s; how this strategy changed along with the redistribution of power in the international system; why, after the 2008 Georgian-Russian War, Poland took steps to support NATO consolidation, strengthen relations with the USA, and expand its own military…mehr
This book examines how the changing post-Cold War order affected Poland's security policy and particularly how the West's weakening position and Russia's revisionist policy reinforced the traditional view of security in Poland. It addresses the reasons why Poland, a middle power in Central Europe, adopted a bridging strategy in the early 1990s; how this strategy changed along with the redistribution of power in the international system; why, after the 2008 Georgian-Russian War, Poland took steps to support NATO consolidation, strengthen relations with the USA, and expand its own military capabilities; and how the Ukraine crisis affected Poland's security. This overview is an invaluable resource for students of international and European studies, security studies, political science, as well as for decision-makers, politicians, EU staff, and anyone interested in international politics in Central Europe.
Professor Justyna Zajac teaches International Relations at the University of Warsaw. She served on the presidential commission charged with drawing up the National Security Strategic Review, which formed the basis for the White Book of National Security of the Republic of Poland (2013). She has written several books and articles on Poland's foreign and security policy.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1Post-Cold War Determinants of Poland's Security Policy1. Geopolitical Location: Advantage or Curse?2. Demographic, Social and Economic Potential3. History and Identity in Poland's Security Policy4. Strategies and Concepts of Polish Security Policy Chapter 2'Go West': Poland's Security Policy in Transition1. The Emergence of Western Dominance2. Poland's Role in Dismantling the Eastern Bloc3. Poland's Reorientation Toward the West 4. From Favoring the CSCE to NATO Membership and Rapprochement with the WEU5. Poland's Eastern Policy: Bridge or Bulwark? Chapter 3US Global Hegemony: Poland's Security Policy in a Unipolar World Order1. US Global Hegemony, Shoring up the EU, Russian Weakness 2. NATO as the Main Pillar of Poland's Security 3. Strategic Partnership with the USA <4. Poland's Caution with Regard to the ESDI and the ESDP5. The Diminishing Importance of the OSCE in Poland's Security Policy 6. Growing Tensions between Poland and Russia Chapter 4Poland's Security Policy in the Emerging Multipolar World Order1. America's Turns to Asia, the EU Stumbles, Russia Resurges2. Poland's Growing Fear of Russia 3. The Quest for NATO Consolidation and Closer Polish-US Ties4. Poland's Growing Defense Capabilities 5. Poland and the CSDP6. Support for Pro-Western Currents in Post-Soviet States Chapter 5The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Poland's Security1. The Ukraine Crisis as a Clash between the West and Russia2. Polish-Ukrainian Strategic Partnership 3. Poland's Engagement in the Ukraine Crisis 4. The Impact of the Ukraine Crisis on Poland's Security 4.1. Deterioration of Polish-Russian Relations 4.2. Strengthening Polish Defense Capabilities4.3. Reinforcing NATO's Eastern Flank 4.4. Increasing Polish-American Cooperation Poland and Other EU Member States with Regard to the Ukraine Crisis Conclusions
"Poland's Security Policy by Justyna Zajac provides an excellent and timely read, an empirically well-informed and deftly written account of the entire post-communist security policy development in Poland that currently celebrates its twentieth anniversary of NATO membership and the fifteenth anniversary of EU accession. This critically reflective book will therefore present a real intellectual treat for all those doing or interested in Polish security politics per se." (Andriy Tyushka, Pol-Int, pol-int.org, January 14, 2020) "Justyna Zajac's book delivers an in-depth analysis of all those determinants along with factual explanations. ... The author also highlights certain advantages for Poland arising from the Ukrainian conflict, such as the strengthening of cooperation with the US ... Zajac's book provides a very interesting insight into Poland's security policy from the period of post-communist transition until the present day." (Anna Antczak, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 70 (2), March, 2018)
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