CepaForum 2017
CEPA STRATCOM PROGRAM
THE ROAD TO ZAPAD 2017
30 March 2016

Transatlantic security at a turning point

Polish President H.E. Andrzej Duda outlined his commitment to strengthening U.S.-Polish relations and securing Poland and Europe at a moment when transatlantic security is being threatened by Russia’s permanent violation of international law.


The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), in cooperation with the Atlantic Council, held a discussion with Polish President Andrzej Duda. CEPA President A. Wess Mitchell opened the event stating that a Poland that is prosperous, safe and free is essential for stability in the region. "Poland is America's indispensable ally in Europe," Mitchell added. The discussion was moderated by MSNBC’s Morning Joe Co-Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.


President Duda stated during the discussion that a strong Europe is in the interest of the United States. Taking a firm stance against a revanchist Russian foreign policy, President Duda remarked that “transatlantic security is at turning point. Europe is threatened by a permanent violation of international law by Russia." The President noted that sanctions must be maintained on a country such as Russia if it continually breaks international law.


The president also underscored the importance of the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit as a pivotal moment for Poland. "NATO needs to be able to respond to security challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and defend its members.” He called for an emboldened transatlantic partnership, arguing that “real deterrence means a real presence."