Category Archives: Paweł Gotowiecki

Polish-Ukrainian relations: realism in the shadow of Kremlin (Polish perspective)

Recently, Polish-Ukrainian relations have experienced a clear crisis. This is evidenced by official state enunciations and the tone of media commentary – in Poland far from sincere solidarity from the first period of “dignity revolution” and Russian aggression. Significantly, even in the right-wing circles, referring to the legacy of President Lech Kaczynski, one of the greatest advocates of strategic cooperation with Ukraine, the growing distrust and irritation of Kiev’s politics is noticed. Characteristic is the title of a recent article of Peter Cywiński published on the popular Internet website “The End of illusions. Time to make a strong reorientation in our policy towards Ukraine”.

History, which divides

Undoubtedly, the most important, though not the only factor that exacerbates Polish-Ukrainian relations, is historical memory, strongly linked – especially in case of Ukrainians – with historical policy. In the collective memory of Poles, there are few traumatic events that affect the imagination, marked by the symbolism of evil, as the Volhynian slaughter. The systematic nature of genocide and extreme, inhuman cruelty, including the atrocities against women and children, sacralised the tragedy of the Volhynian population, providing a unique place in the historical consciousness of the Poles.

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The CIRSA project

The CIRSA project to which we have been preparing for several months, has just started! The culmination of the laborious preparatory works is the Central European Institute of Research and Strategic Analysis – think tank oriented to academic, expert and editing activity. Our organization focuses on professionalism and internationalization – amongst members of the Programme Council and the Expert Council are outstanding specialists from Ukraine, Romania, Lithuania and Georgia.

CIRSA is also are local achievement. The think-tank – to a considerable extent – was established basing on the environment associated with the College of Business and Entrepreneurship in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski as well as the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed academic journal “Ante Portas – Security Studies”. It is the next step on track to make Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski an important (because it is already noticeable) centre of studies regarding military, security, geopolitcs and geoeconomics.

I kindly express gratitude to all the people who joined our design and I encourage academics and analysts as well as common enthusiasts to liaison and team with our initiatives.