Polish and U.S. Soldiers with a large weapon

Adjusting to a new international dynamic

Insights from Central Europe

July 2020, Number 10.03

“We are in a new era of great power competition, with the United States, China and Russia as the main competitors. This perception is widely accepted by scholars and politicians across the world. It has been unsettling regions and countries, which have functioned for some time within the rather clear rules of a U.S.-led international order. The ongoing adjustment seems to have particularly profound implications for the West. The feeling of existential change is acute in the European Union and its de facto leader Germany, which have benefited and prospered well under the so-called Pax Americana. Faced with the competition between the U.S. and China, European leaders have been calling for unity and mobilization at the European level. Some argue that a strong and sovereign Europe is needed to defend the existing order; otherwise there will be no Europe at all. Speeches by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warn that Europe will become the prey of the great powers...”

Excerpt from Małgorzata Jankowska, “Insights from Central Europe,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 3, 2020: 16-21.

Małgorzata Jankowska is a counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, where she leads the unit responsible for multilateral cooperation at the Asia Department. She has previously served at the Polish Permanent Representation at NATO, at the European Union, and as a national expert at the European External Action Service.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.