Rethinking Poland in the Second Term
This article was first published in The American Interest. It can be read in its entirety here.
At a time when both economic uncertainty and security concerns along NATO’s periphery are driving the transatlantic relationship, Poland’s dynamic economy and growing geopolitical weight make it an increasingly important European ally for the United States. So it matters that during the past four years America has lost public support in Poland despite close state-to-state cooperation, notably including the bonds forged by the Polish military’s prominent role in Iraq and Afghanistan, and despite a long history of close Polish affinity toward the United States stretching from the American Founding all the way to and beyond the end of the Cold War.
Andrew A. Michta is a senior transatlantic fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States and director of GMF's Warsaw Office. The views are the author’s alone.
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe, modern-day Poland is by many measures the most successful case of post-communist political and economic transition to market-democracy in Europe.