Threats to the Security of East-Central Europe: The Polish Case

  • Longin Pastusiak
Part of the International Council for Central and East European Studies book series (ICCEES)


The end of the Cold War — a period marked by rivalry and confrontation between East and West or, more specifically, between the United States and the Soviet Union — did not make the world a more stable or secure place. The same can be said about the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact, the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) and the Eastern bloc in general (or the territory that was once a part of the Soviet sphere of influence). As an analyst from the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security put it, the end of the Cold War resulted in more instability, more challenges for security and more hotbeds of international conflict.1 The feeling of ‘fear and hope’, dominant in the Cold War, has only been replaced by a feeling of ‘hope and fear’. Thanks to changes that have taken place in the past five years or so, we can now claim to have a new world and a new Europe, but certainly neither a new world nor European order.


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    ‘A Time of Hope and Fear’, in A New World Order and Canada (Ottawa: Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, 1992), p. 1.Google Scholar
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    Francis Fukuyama, ‘The End of History?’ The National Interest, no.16 (Summer 1989).Google Scholar
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    COCOM is the committee set up during the Cold War to monitor and control the export of sensitive technology to the communist-ruled countries.Google Scholar
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    Trybuna (Warsaw), 3 August 1995).Google Scholar
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    Study on NATO Enlargement (Brussels: NATO, September 1995), p. 28.Google Scholar

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