Polish Foreign Policy 4003-204PZP
Poland in 1989 regained her sovereingty. Later the country fulfilled its strategic goals "anchoring" into the Western institutional framework (Council of Europe, OECD, NATO, the EU).
The crucial aim of this course is to allow the students to reckognize the crucial Polish Foreign Policy directions, followed by challenges and dilemmas behind it. Poland it too weak to stand alone or to have her own global policy. Thus, and this is a second major aim of this course, one need to find a proper solutions in Foreign Policy, according to qualities and features of Polish position.
The most important issues debated here are Polish role in the EU, NATO, our neighbourhood in Central Europe, but also Polish leading role in the Eastern Policy of the EU, innovative and creative approaches towards the changing world. In the final part of the course special attention is paid and the course is focused on the new global scene on the eve of XXI century and the new global institutional framework (order?) after the crisis of 2008. It will be combined with another crucial issue of contemporary era i.e. gloabl challenges, like proliferation of atomic energy, global terror (including cyberterror), climate change, environmenatl pollution etc. We will try to identify the Polish position towards all of them.
The course is divided on nine subjects and 30 lectures as follows:
I. Main principles and requirements of Polish Foreign Policy
1. Raison d'Etat
2. Main principles: sovereignty, security and development
3. Alliances and "return to Europe"
4. Strategy and Foreign Policy
II. Evolution of Foreign Policy 1989 - 2012
5. Return to sovereingty 1989-1992
6. External security 1993-1999
7. European integration 2000-2004
8. The experience of IV Republic in Foreign Policy and its return after 2015
III. European Integration in Polish Foreign Policy
9. From partnership to membership - accession process
10. Poland in the EU - the inventary
11. Institutional framework of Polish Membership
12. Dilemmas surrounding Polish Membership in the EU
IV. Poland in NATO
13. Accession process
14. Polish participation in NATO missions abroad
15. Poland and Lisbon Strategy 2010
V. Polish Eastern Policy
16. Eastern Partnership of the EU - Polish project
17. Ukrainian Crisis and challenges in the East
18. Challenges in relations with Russia
VI. Poland in Central Europe - Regional Policy of Poland
19. Regional Policy of Poland
20. Visegrad Group
21. Other regional initiatives (CEI, Baltic Council, Three Seas Initiative)
VII. Poland in international organizations
22. Poland in the UN and UN System
23. Poland in OSCE
24. Poland in Council of Europe
VIII. Poland and the emerging new global order
25. Crisis of 2008 and its consequences
26. G-2, BRICS, SCO and other initiatives
27. Poland toward the emerging markets. and especially China's BRI and AIIB
IX. Poland towards the global challenges
28. Terrorism and cyberterrorism
19. Climate change and latrenative energy sources
30. Environmenatl challenges.
lecture - 30 hrs
preparation to the lecture - 45 hrs
preparation to the exam - 45 hrs
total time - 120 hrs
Type of course
After completion of the course, students shall be able to:
- explain the essence of changes taking place in the international order in the first decade of the 21st century
- identify the evolution trends of Polish Foreign Policy (European integration, security policy, etc.)
- identify main Polish institutions responsible for foreign policy creation and evaluate their role
- specify Polish position on global, European and regional arena
- know what is the Polish position towards the major global challenges of contemporary era
- indeopendently assess the decision-making process of Polish diplomacy
- decide, how to have a postitive impact on foreign policy of the state
- analyze and create an inventary of positive and negative aspoects of Polish behaviour on international arena
- know where he or she individually could have an impact on forign policy implementation (NGO, aid policy, blog, etc.)
- try to independenty assess the efects of Foreign Policy
- understand, that foreign policy choices are a summary of individaual choices, i.e. evryone has a voice in democratic state
- impact on immedaite neigbourhood in positive sense
- be sensitive to the challenges and be aware of what is the Polish position on particular issues.
Writen exam to be passed after receiving 60 percent of required ponitage
1. "Polska polityka zagraniczna RP 1989 - 2002", pod red. R. Kuźniara, K. Szczepanika, ASKON, Warszawa 2002;
2. R. Kuźniar, "Droga do wolności. Polityka zagraniczna III Rzeczypospolitej", SCHOLAR, Warszawa 2008.
3. R. Zięba, "Główne kierunki polityki zagranicznej Polski po zimnej wojnie", Wyd. Akademickie i Profesjonalne,Warszawa 2010.
4. „Polityka zagraniczna Polski po wstawieniu do NATO i do Unii Europejskiej. Problemy tożsamości i adaptacji”, pod red. S. Bielenia, Difin, Warszawa 2010.
5. "Poland's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century" Ed. By. S. Bieleń, Warsaw 2010
6. "Obama Is Poland's Only Hope", "Foreign Policy", January 21, 2016
7. J. Zielonka, "Kontrrewolucja. Liberalna Europa w odwrocie", PWN, Warszawa 2018.
8. "Europe's Crises", Ed. by Manuel Castells et al., Polity, Cambridge 2018
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
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