According to the National Security Strategy (NSS) of the Trump administration published in December 2017, today’s world is getting more competitive. The US and its allies are facing growing political, economic, and military competitions around the world. Two revisionist states, China and Russia, are challenging US prosperity and superiority as well as the liberal international order. The NSS also pointed out that strong relationships with allies are invaluable in order for the US to magnify its power and respond to the growing political, economic, and military competitions. As shown in the NSS, US allies in Asia and Europe are facing similar threats, namely, the emergences of two revisionist states. The […]
For almost two years the European Commission and a group of most influential Member States (such as France, Germany and Italy) have been pushing the development of new initiatives in area of defense. The presentation of the Global Strategy of the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy in June 2016 marked a major milestone in this area. The document includes several provisions regarding the need to strengthen Europe’s security and specifies EU’s role in the process. A number of later events amplified the tendency towards building some sort of a European defense union. Among them, the most important ones include the Brexit referendum, the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation […]
On July 11 and 12 the North Atlantic Council meeting was held, on the Head of States and Governments level. It has been the third summit since illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and its support of separatists in Eastern Ukraine, what caused a rise in tensions between NATO and Russia. That in turn has shown the need for implementing new defense and deterrence measures to reassure the countries located on the Alliance’s Eastern Flank. The Brussels Summit seems to a higher extent that the two previous summits – which focused on rapid common response to Russian actions – concentrate on adoption of long-term solutions aimed at enhancing NATO capabilities […]
Challenges and perspectives for EU response to conflicts in the European neighborhood – time for a new strategy?
The Casimir Pulaski Foundation, in partnership with the European Institute of Peace, held a seminar inaugurating the Peace and Stabilisation Strategies Programme, hosted by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union in Brussels on the 18th of May, 2016. The theme was, “Challenges and perspectives for EU response to conflicts in the European neighborhood – time for a new strategy.” Seminar panelists discussed the obstacles and possible new strategies for EU in conflict resolution and stabilisation. A series of themes emerged from panelist discussions, including prioritizing and adapting current EU policies and actions, the scope for increased flexibility in intervention policies, the current dearth of […]
Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missile technologies is a growing threat to NATO member states, their territories and citizens. Although the number of nuclear warheads around the world decreases, states’ nuclear capabilities continue to expand with development of ever-more precise delivery systems. Approximately 30 states around the World, including Iran and North Korea, possess or strive to acquire advanced missile technologies. Growing tensions between NATO and Russia challenge the air defence capabilities of the alliance’s eastern flank. By implementing A2AD strategies, Russia puts in question NATO’s capacity to come to aid and assistance of threatened members. Although the Alliance declares that the aim of a NATO Missile Defence […]
This report takes a closer look at Poland’s air defence system, one of the cornerstones of state defence and security in general. To gain and maintain dominance in the air is a precondition for any military defence operation to succeed, especially at this stage of development of military technologies. Moreover, effective and modern aviation as well as antimissile and antiaircraft defence would definitely reinforce Poland’s position as a committed ally within NATO. This report consists of 3 chapters. The first chapter analyses trends in Poland’s security environment to identify major tasks to be completed in the area of Air Forces and air defence systems in the next 20 – 25 […]