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US (and Other Powers) Woo Central and Eastern Europe: A New Centre of Gravity?


Main Image Credit US Vice President Mike Pence with Polish President Andrzej Duda, February 2019. Courtesy of US State Department


The recent US (re)engagement in Central and Eastern Europe is symbolic of the region’s growing role in today’s geopolitics not merely as a space where geopolitics happens, but as emerging players exercising agency and pursuing their own interests.

After years of neglect, and in search of new allies, recent months have witnessed the Quai D’Orsay attempting to revitalise its relations with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), while German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has been pondering greater cooperation (perhaps even membership) of the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) – a grouping of 12 EU member states stretching between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas. Yet, most significant has been the increased

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