Changing Challenges and Threats for Euro-Atlantic Security in the 21st Century

  • Ryszard ZiębaEmail author
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


The third chapter contains a presentation of the evolving challenges and threats to the Euro-Atlantic zone. The author shows the reconfiguration of the global international order, which resulted in the West’s position weakening while that of the new emerging powers rose. The latter included Russia which, strengthened under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, shifted to a policy of balancing the influence of the West and began to claim the right to co-decide in regional and global security. The author then points to the growing significance of terrorism as a major international threat in the 21st century, to the ongoing military threats connected with the nuclear stockpiles in the possession of great powers, and to the danger of proliferation of WMD. He also presents military threats created by the conventional arms race in Europe; cyber, economic, and environmental threats; and the serious challenges represented by uncontrolled migration to Europe.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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