• Ryszard Zięba


In this chapter, the author explains why it is worthwhile to study the foreign and security policy of Poland, a medium-rank Central European country and an important element of the international order. He approaches this subject from a neorealist perspective in order to show to what degree Poland’s foreign policy has depended on the evolving international order during the entire period from the end of the Cold War until today. He also makes use of social constructivism to show the specifics of Poland’s international identity and its international roles. The book’s chapters detail, successively: the main determinants of Poland’s foreign and security policy, particularly in the twenty-first century (Chap.  2); the immersion of Poland’s relations with Russia in historical issues (Chap.  3); Poland’s bandwagoning with regard to the USA (Chap.  4); Poland’s dialectic of strengthening and weakening the European Union (Chap.  5); Poland’s pushing of NATO and the EU to the East (Chap.  6); the meanders of Poland’s policy with regard to Central Europe (Chap.  7); Poland’s declining activeness for collective security at the UN and OSCE (Chap.  8); and the evolution of Poland’s international roles (Chap.  9).


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  • Ryszard Zięba
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  1. 1.Faculty of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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