NATO Summit a Defining Moment in Polish Security Aspirations

July 7, 2016 9:12 AM

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WARSAW, Poland — The Polish capital once lent its name to the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet-led defense alliance that stood as a counterweight to NATO during the Cold War. This week, in a sign of how dramatically strategic alliances have shifted in Eastern Europe, Warsaw will host a two-day NATO summit, the first time that Poland has hosted a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance that it joined in 1999.

The anticipation of having U.S. President Barack Obama and the heads of the other allied nations gather in a city shaped by centuries of unwanted Russian interference marks a vindication for Poland, which was forced into the the Soviet sphere of influence against its will after World War II and saw ...

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