Warsaw’s Middle Eastern Failure  

The recent summit in Poland was risky on many fronts and proved disadvantageous for the Poles

19 February 2019

Marcin Zaborowski

Senior Associate

Recently, the Polish government agreed to host a gathering in Warsaw on the Middle East that was held the day before the Munich Security Conference, which typically brings together all the sides of major conflicts in the world; however, the Polish conference would be exclusively focused on an anti-Iranian agenda and based on the current narratives espoused by the Trump administration and Israel.  

 

The conference was fiercely criticised by Iran and its allies but also by most higher-ranking European officials who choose not to attend the event.  By taking this gamble, Warsaw apparently hoped to strengthen its security relations with the United States and to improve relations with Israel, which have been strained since last year in response to a historical dispute.

It appears that Warsaw’s gamble did not pay off, instead the conference served to expand the list of states with which Poland has problematic relations.

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Marcin Zaborowski

Senior Associate

Visegrad Insight Senior Associate and Editor-in-Chief of Res Publica Nowa

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