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dc.contributor.advisorYost, David S.
dc.contributor.authorWudarzewski, Dariusz
dc.dateDec-14
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T00:18:22Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T00:18:22Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44694
dc.descriptionReissued 26 Feb 2015 to correct spelling of advisor’s name on title page.en_US
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractPoland is arguably the leading example of successful democratization and Westernization within Central and Eastern Europe. This thesis explores how Poland’s participation in Western security structures has enabled it to reintegrate into Europe, emerging as one of the most politically influential and economically successful democratic nations from the former communist bloc. The steps and milestones of Poland’s accession to membership in NATO and the European Union, along with Poland’s participation in the Weimar Triangle, provide insight into Poland’s military, economic, and political transformations since 1991. This thesis analyzes Poland’s dramatic increase in participation in these Western security institutions and identifies where Poland has taken on a leadership role. In addition, this thesis explores to what extent Poland is likely to deepen its integration in each institution in the foreseeable future. This thesis concludes that one reason for Poland’s successful integration into the West is the country’s pursuit of membership in Western security institutions. Enrollment in these organizations required Poland to accomplish a drastic domestic overhaul affecting all sectors and levels of government. The result is that Poland now stands as a stable democratic nation in a region where such an outcome was not inevitable.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/areturntoeuropep1094544694
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleA return to Europe: Poland and Western security structures since 1991en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderTsypkin, Mikhail
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorPolanden_US
dc.subject.authorNorth Atlantic Treaty Organizationen_US
dc.subject.authorNATOen_US
dc.subject.authorEuropean Unionen_US
dc.subject.authorEUen_US
dc.subject.authorWeimar Triangleen_US
dc.subject.authorsecurityen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe And Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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