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Editors: Sławomir Dębski (PISM Director), Bartosz Wiśniewski (Head of Research Office), Rafał Tarnogórski (Managing Editor), Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Anna Maria Dyner, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Sebastian Płóciennik, Patrycja Sasnal, Justyna Szczudlik, Marcin Terlikowski, Tomasz Żornaczuk

18 January 2018
no. 8 (1079)
“United We Stand Strong:” Bulgaria’s EU Council Presidency
On 1 January 2018, Bulgaria took up the presidency of the EU for the first time. Over the next six months, it will try to build up its image as a stable and responsible EU partner and the leader of the Balkan states. The effectiveness of the Bulgarian presidency will depend on its ability to achieve compromise on such issues as mass-migration, Brexit, and the new budgetary framework. Bulgaria avoided involvement in Article 7 actions against Poland, but in this situation, its emphasis on the mediating role of the presidency may be particularly important.

Jakub Pieńkowski
17 January 2018
no. 7 (1078)
Media “Foreign Agents:” Implications for U.S.-Russia Relations and International Cooperation
U.S. authorities ordered Russia’s RT and Sputnik news agencies to register as foreign agents. In response, the Russian parliament amended its law on media that receive foreign funding, giving them similar status. With the drop in confidence in Russia by both parties in Washington, the U.S. administration is using existing regulations to avert accusations that Donald Trump favours Russia. That in turn has prompted Russia to further increase government control over media coverage in the country.

Andrzej Dąbrowski, Agnieszka Legucka
16 January 2018
no. 6 (1077)
Risks of the Boom: Prospects for the German Economy
Germany is in a period of exceptional economic prosperity. Although the prospects of it maintaining this state in the coming years are good, the risks associated with it, such as overheating the economy and loss of competitiveness, are increasing. The possibility of these problems depends on the stability of the incoming coalition government. 

Sebastian Płóciennik
15 January 2018
no. 5 (1076)
EU-India Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Limitations and Prospects
The potential of counter-terrorist (CT) cooperation between the EU and India remains untapped. On one hand, this is because of limited EU-level capabilities in this area and, on the other, to mutual distrust, despite a strategic partnership between the bloc and India. The increased terrorist threat in Europe, changes in the security policy of European countries, and rapprochement between the EU and India create, however, favourable conditions for intensifying such cooperation. A resulting improvement in security in Europe also is in the interests of Poland.

Patryk Kugiel
08 January 2018
no. 4 (1075)
Cross-Border Cooperation: An Opportunity to Strengthen the Eastern Partnership
One of the main conclusions of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit, which took place on 24 November in Brussels, is the need for greater concentration on interpersonal relations. One cooperation platform mentioned during the summit to strengthen ties between EU and EaP societies and supporting the development of local democracy is cross-border cooperation. Previous experience from the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine-EU programme can be used to support contacts between EaP regions.

Adriana Skorupska
05 January 2018
no. 3 (1074)
China-South Korea Relations: An Attempt to Break the Deadlock
The South Korean president’s visit to China (13–16 December) sprung from a mutual willingness to improve bilateral relations. China opposes the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile-defence system, an issue that remains a sticking point in Sino-South Korea ties. Their respective North Korea policy also has contributed to the deteriorating bilateral relations. The inability to resolve that issue may lead to diplomatic engagement of countries outside the region, including Poland, to try to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. 

Oskar Pietrewicz
04 January 2018
no. 2 (1073)
Between Bonn and Katowice: The Challenges in Global Climate Negotiations
The global climate summit in Bonn (COP23) in November 2017 was supposed to bring compromise close on areas such as rules for monitoring national climate actions. The universality of these actions, that is, covering both developed and developing countries, was one of the main ideas of the Paris Agreement. In Bonn, however, the divisions between the parties were again made stark, making it difficult to reach compromise. For Poland, as host of the next climate summit (COP24) in December 2018 in Katowice, finalising these negotiations will be a top priority.

Marek Wąsiński
03 January 2018
no. 1 (1072)
Poland on the UN Security Council
The main issues facing the UN Security Council (UNSC) are North Korea’s nuclear programme, the status of Jerusalem, and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Analysis of UNSC member positions indicates several potential sources of conflict but also possible fields of cooperation. Poland must prepare to act in these areas to achieve its goals effectively.

Rafał Tarnogórski, Szymon Zaręba


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