Moving from Fukuyama to Huntington

The message of Wess Mitchell and the U.S. administration for Poland and Europe is clear. “Stop dithering and help us in our struggle with Russia and China,” says Bartłomiej Radziejewski.

editor: REMIX NEWS

Radziejewski analyzes Wess Mitchell’s address to the Atlantic Council in Washington DC in which the US official outlined the new American strategy on Europe. Mitchell is an Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. In the address he underlined the importance of sovereign nation states over international organizations which are incapable of reform, and confirmed the US perception of China and Russia as a global threat to the West. A threat to both US leadership and the values of the free world. 

Wess Mitchell conveyed a “vision of the West as a community not only based on security, prosperity and global leadership but also cultural unity.” This, in foreign policy terms “means moving from Fukuyama’s ‘end of history’ to Huntington’s clash of civilizations,” argues Radziejewski. 

Mitchell warns Europe against doing deals with adversaries, citing cooperating with Russia over energy and financial and infrastructural dealings, such as the silk trail with China

Radziejewski notes that the US official emphasized the need for greater loyalty from US allies not only in political and military matters, but also on economic affairs. He warns Europe against doing deals with adversaries, citing cooperating with Russia over energy and financial and infrastructural dealings, such as the silk trail with China.

Finally, Radziejewski argues that Poland as a keystone on NATO’s eastern flank should make more of the fact that it is key to the US strategy on Russia. But it can also benefit from any conflicts in the Pacific region by encouraging a transfer of American and Western production “from China to the Vistula” which would in turn raise Poland’s status in its relations with Germany and within the EU.  

 


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