Grzywaczewski just returned from Washington where he attended a CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis) conference.
“From the American perspective, from the perspective in Washington, we have found ourselves in a historical moment,” says Grzywaczewski, a reporter, writer and an expert on Eurasian issues. “For the first time in five hundred years the center of the world has moved from the Atlantic Ocean to the West Pacific.”
Poland should maintain its attempts of cooperation with the US, so that America does not turn its resources from Central Europe and to the Western Pacific. “Poland is a kind of headstone between Russia, China and the EU, which is a difficult position but one that can be used to Poland’s advantage.”
Grzywaczewski approves of Poland’s alliance with the US but urges to keep China in mind as it is America’s greatest competitor on every level. In his view although still important, Russia is not the US’s most pressing issue anymore. China is.
Poland is a kind of headstone between Russia, China and the EU, which is a difficult position but one that can be used to Poland’s advantage
Grzywaczewski underlined that during the CEPA conference, they discussed how influential and strong the Three Seas Initiative could be. “Appealing before the USA as a united Eastern-Central European block would ease over many issues for us.”
He did not agree, that the Three Seas would serve to fulfil American interests and would lead to the vassalization of the region under the USA. “This is not vassalization, but an attempt of carrying out a strategic decision as to which power we should tie our interests to,” he says and once again points at China as a potential rival to the US in Central Europe. “This is a great challenge for Polish authorities.”
He also drew attention to the fact the 68’ generation is fading and the 89’ generation is coming to power. This generation will most likely be disappointed with the end-goal of globalization. “To them, the experience of the exploding liberalism is a kind of contradiction of freedom, a liberal dictatorship.”