AIIS presents publication on NATO-Poland relations in the 70 years of Alliance

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 23, 2019 10:00

AIIS presents publication on NATO-Poland relations in the 70 years of Alliance

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  • “2019 is an anniversary year both for Poland and NATO as it marks 20 years of Poland’s membership in NATO and the 70th birthday of the Alliance itself. This double anniversary provides an opportunity to take a closer look at NATO’s past and future and at Poland’s role in the Atlantic Alliance’s collective defence system,” Kurowska writes at the publication’s preface.

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TIRANA, Sept. 24 – The Institute for Eastern Studies and the Albanian Institute for International Studies organized the presentation of the publication ‘NATO: 1949 – 1999 – 2019 The 20 Years of Poland in the 70 Years of the Alliance,’ on Wednesday. 

The 70th anniversary of NATO establishment, which happened alongside the 20th anniversary of Polish membership in the Alliance, was a perfect occasion to talk about the great changes both the Polish Army and NATO itself have undergone, especially considering how much its mission changed following the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

The role played by NATO in providing security in Europe is unquestionable, therefore a part of this event was dedicated to a debate, focusing on the changes in structure and goals that the Alliance will have to go through in the foreseeable future. 

The publication, edited by Anna Kurowska and compiled by researchers Alba Cela, Ledion Krisafi of AIIS and counterparts, was co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in the framework of the “Cooperation in the field of public diplomacy” programme.

“2019 is an anniversary year both for Poland and NATO as it marks 20 years of Poland’s membership in NATO and the 70th birthday of the Alliance itself. This double anniversary provides an opportunity to take a closer look at NATO’s past and future and at Poland’s role in the Atlantic Alliance’s collective defence system,” Kurowska writes at the publication’s preface.

Speakers at the event’s pannel included Russian Ambassador to Tirana Karol Bachura, Kurowska, the Executive Director of the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security Tim Stuchtey, AIIS researcher Ledion Krisafi and NATO directorate representative from the Albanian MFA Plator Kalakula. 

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 23, 2019 10:00