ON-Lion Letter
"In Europe, and Central Europe in particular, one gets the impression that in managing its commitments, Washington has been complacent and oblivious at best, dangerously myopic at worst," according to Jakub Grygiel in an article in February's Central Europe Digest, published by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, D.C.  "There are already clear signs of discontent in the region, resulting in a decrease of goodwill toward Washington.  Unless addressed quickly, the neglect of America's security guarantees in the region will lead to a fraying of U.S.-Central European ties, and in the long run, if left unattended, this trend could create a geopolitically unstable Eastern frontier in Europe."

Grygiel is the George H. W. Bush Associate Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and a CEPA senior fellow.  Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has supported Grygiel's work and supports CEPA projects with which he is involved.

"To a large degree, America's continued and enhanced engagement in the region, for example through NATO, can both assuage Central Europe's fears as well as impart a limited strategic coherence to the continent," Grygiel writes in "A Collision of Rhetoric:  U.S. Interests in Central Europe."
 
"If not clearly reversed, current trends will not produce a military confrontation among armored divisions, but a gradual, unspoken change in strategic attitudes," he concludes.  "Central Europe will be seen increasingly less as a defensive outpost of the Atlantic region and more as a problem and perhaps as a buffer zone.  And the firm union of Central and Western Europe, one of the last century’s most significant successes, may be squandered."
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