Developing a Strategic Partnership with Poland to Enhance Deterrence against Russia

By Chelsea C. Michta, University of Cambridge

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This essay presents a proposal for the United States to develop a strong bilateral security relationship with Poland—a key US ally along NATO’s eastern flank, and a country that has demonstrated its commitment to allocating resources to defense and to working closely with the US military. The objective is to ensure that the defense of the Baltic States and NATO’s eastern flank is not by default reduced to a “liberation strategy” requiring a massive deployment of US troops across Europe as Washington’s only available option.1 The policy’s goal is to make Poland the lynchpin of a supplemental security and defense architecture in Central and Eastern Europe and to provide, among other benefits, alternative entry points for US forces into Europe by developing the Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Szczecin harbors on the Baltic Sea to supplement existing facilities in Germany.

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