Poland: Thwarting Russian Geopolitics while Normalizing Relations

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“Real deterrence means real presence,” said Poland President Andrzej Duda this morning at an event in Washington co-hosted by the Atlantic Council and the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He was talking about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the need to have around the clock NATO forces along Europe’s eastern flank, especially in Poland.

NATO was created in 1949 as a response to WWII. Its goals: to deter Soviet aggression and expansion, to prevent nationalistic militarism in Europe through North America’s presence in Europe, and to support European political integration. Over time, the first goal became the most salient.

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