Accession Number : ADA623156


Title :   A Return To Europe: Poland And Western Security Structures Since 1991


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Wudarzewski, Dariusz


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a623156.pdf


Report Date : 26 Feb 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 87


Abstract : Poland is arguably the leading example of successful democratization and Westernization within Central and Eastern Europe. This thesis explores how Poland s participation in Western security structures has enabled it to reintegrate into Europe, emerging as one of the most politically influential and economically successful democratic nations from the former communist bloc. The steps and milestones of Poland s accession to membership in NATO and the European Union, along with Poland s participation in the Weimar Triangle, provide insight into Poland s military, economic, and political transformations since 1991. This thesis analyzes Poland s dramatic increase in participation in these Western security institutions and identifies where Poland has taken on a leadership role. In addition, this thesis explores to what extent Poland is likely to deepen its integration in each institution in the foreseeable future. This thesis concludes that one reason for Poland s successful integration into the West is the country s pursuit of membership in Western security institutions. Enrollment in these organizations required Poland to accomplish a drastic domestic overhaul affecting all sectors and levels of government. The result is that Poland now stands as a stable democratic nation in a region where such an outcome was not inevitable.


Descriptors :   *EUROPEAN UNION , *NATO , *POLAND , DEMOCRACY , EASTERN EUROPE , ECONOMICS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , SECURITY , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE