We are pleased to inform that on May 9th, Warsaw Institute for Strategic Initiatives, in cooperation with Slovakian think tank GLOBSEC, organised a seminar entitled “Poland as a Foundation of Modernization of NATO’s Eastern Flank: Priorities and Directions for Advancement.” The following seminar is a part of a wider project “Eastern Flank of NATO: Europe’s Security Pillar”, which raises the issue of the Treaty’s forces’ directions of advancement in the region, in order to adapt them to the challenges of the 21st century. The meeting gathered diplomatic representatives, journalists and other representatives including think tanks working on the issue of foreign policy and security.
During the seminar, which was moderated by Dr. Beata Górka-Winter (International Security and Defence expert), Tomáš A.Nagy (Research Fellow, Defence and Security Programme, GLOBSEC Policy Institute), presented the report entitled “One Alliance: The Future Tasks of the Adapted Alliance”. The report underlined the need for NATO’s adaptation to new geostrategic reality, including the need to deter a revisionist policy conducted by the Russian Federation. Among the recommendations, authors of the report claim that NATO should promote integrated deterrence and call for improvement of non-nuclear conventional forces of the Alliance. The report underlines the rising importance of artificial intelligence in politics and how it changes the modern warfare. The document also underlines the importance of the Open Door policy for the security of the member states. In a similar manner, the report calls for an ambitious and comprehensive NATO-EU partnership and emphasises the need for awareness-rising activities among the citizens. After the presentation of the report, Dominik Jankowski (Head of OSCE & Eastern Security Unit, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland) gave his speech.
During the debate, conducted in accordance to Chatham House Rules, participants discussed the importance of NATO Summit in Warsaw in terms of the creation of implementation measures concerning the issue of collective defence and the need to enhance threat recognition and the decision making process within NATO. The participants also pointed out such issues as insufficient number of joint exercises which would include decision makers, security of maritime lines of connection, hybrid containment, definition of the main areas of investment and the lack of appropriate resources necessary to implement Anti-Access Area Counter Strategy. During the seminar, participants also discussed about the issue of artificial intelligence, which was raised in the GLOBSEC report, and indicated some of the constraints caused by the imbalanced relationship between the public and private sector in the field of design and investment. Issues related to the solidarity within NATO were also raised and the case of Turkey was showed as a dangerous precedent for the fundamental values of NATO.
Moreover, the strategic importance of the Baltic States for Poland’s security was also underlined. The participants, agreed on the fact that Poland due to its military potential and the rise of defence spending in accordance to NATO’s guidelines, shall be treated as a regional leader in this field and gave their credit to Poland for its efforts to increase the security of the Alliance by strengthening NATO’s eastern flank.