On 4-5 December, the second meeting of the Central Europe Security Dialogue (CESD) was held at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), in cooperation with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. The workshop opened with introductory remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher and German Ambassador to Poland Rolf Nikel. The meeting was attended by representatives of expert communities from Germany, Poland, and the U.S., as well as government observers.
The purpose of CESD is to promote an in-depth and constructive debate on security issues between Germany, Poland, and the U.S. The participants in the dialogue focus on strengthening cooperation between the allies in a trilateral setting as a response to the contemporary security challenges in Europe and as a means to sustain U.S. engagement in Europe.
The topics of discussion at the second meeting of the dialogue included the perception of Russia and its security policy; EU security and defence policy development and its impact on transatlantic cooperation; Germany’s defence posture and plans for reinforcement of the security of Central and Eastern Europe; and, trilateral cooperation of these states in the context of NATO’s priorities after the London leaders’ meeting. Specific proposals developed during the meeting, including on trilateral military cooperation, will be submitted to the relevant decision-makers.