In search of security: Central Europe


22nd January, 2019

Bartosz Cichocki, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
Gustav Gressel, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
Rolf Nikel, Ambassador of Germany to Poland
Riina Kaljurand, Councilor in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Chaired by:

Piotr Buras, Director of the Warsaw ECFR Office.


The Warsaw Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation are pleased to invite you to a public debate titled:

In search of security: Central Europe between Trump and Putin

Warsaw, 22nd January 2019
Turowicz Room, Stefan Batory Foundation, ul. Sapieżyńska 10, Warsaw

Two factors affect the security of Central Europe: on the one hand, the historical revisionism of Russia, which found expression in the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and threatens to overturn the regional order; on the other hand – U.S. policy under the leadership of Donald Trump is driving a wedge between the countries of the region. The differences are visible especially in the policy of Poland and Germany: while the Polish government puts its hopes in an alliance with the United States, Berlin is seeking closer cooperation within the EU and building European strategic autonomy. This discrepancy can have serious consequences for our region, hindering the adoption of a coherent and effective security strategy responding to the challenges of Russia. This is already evident in the discussions on the strengthening of NATO's eastern flank, the withdrawal by the United States from the INF disarmament treaties or European defense projects, such as PESCO and the European Intervention Initiative.

How do the countries of the region perceive threats and how they care about their security? How deep are the differences between the countries of Central and Western Europe in this dimension? Can Poland reconcile a close alliance with the United States with cooperation with European partners? What should Poland's and Germany's contribution to the region's security look like?

The debate will be held in Polish and English - simultaneous translation will be available.
Please confirm your participation by 21st January 2019 via the registration form here:

In case of problems with the online registration, please contact our office :
Warsaw Office of European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
Ul. Sapieżyńska 10a
00-215 Warszawa
T.: +48 22 536 02 35, 22 536 02 38

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