Between Russia and the West
Taking Stock of Poland's International Relations
On Tuesday, June 26 CEPA hosted a roundtable in cooperation with the Polish Institute of Eastern Studies. Panelists at the event included Krzysztof Bledowski, Council Director and Senior Economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Danylo Lubkivsky, Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Žygimantas Pavilionis, Member of the Seimas in Lithuania, and Kinga Redłowska, Program Director of the Institute for Eastern Studies. The conversation was moderated by Peter B. Doran, President of CEPA.
Due to Poland's geographic position, Warsaw has historically played an important role between the West and Russia. After a century of consistent engagement in the international community, Poland has proven to be a stalwart supporter of the transatlantic alliance. Today, Warsaw seeks to expand its role as an international player in both the Central and East European (CEE) region and the wider Atlantic community.
The panel discussion featured conclusions from the report, "100 Years of Sovereignty, 100 Years of Activity, Poland in International Relations 100 Years After Regaining its Independence," written by the Institute for Eastern Studies. During the discussion, participants considered: how can Poland increase its resiliency and the cohesion of allies amid external threats; how can NATO and CEE member states, like Poland, better work together to strengthen security for allies and partners; and what role should Poland play to combat Russian influence in the information space, as well as in the energy and financial sectors across the Alliance?
Peter B. Doran
26 June 2018