Patriarch Kirill I, or Cyril I, born November 20, 1946, is a Russian Orthodox bishop who has been Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since February 1, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Katarzyna Jarzyńska and Jadwiga Rogoża, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), August 22, 2012
On 16-19 August, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia, Cyril I, paid a visit to Poland. A key event during the visit was the signing of a Joint Message to the Polish and Russian Nations by Patriarch Cyril and the President of the Polish Bishops’ Synod, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, on 17 August at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. http://ow.ly/1m738l
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia during Easter service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by: Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Institute, August 16, 2012
Today, Thursday, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill I arrived in Poland where he will spend three days.
It’s the first ever rendezvous of a Russian Patriarch with dominantly Catholic Poland. Ostensibly, he is there to meet officials from the 800,000 strong Polish Orthodox Church.
But the real significance of Kirill I’s presence in Poland goes far deeper. It is about two countries coming to terms with a tumultuous relationship wrought by war and occupation, violence and enmity. Inevitably, over the years, religion fed into these tensions… (more) http://ow.ly/1lZJYW
Visegrád group members with their national flags (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Center for European Policy Analysis
István Balogh, Junior Research Fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, examines the nature of U.S.-V4 relations and outlines a number of actions the United States, as the larger partner in an inherently asymmetric relationship, can take to reassure its allies in the region.
With the U.S. presidential elections nearing and Washington facing a number of global and regional foreign policy challenges, it is worthwhile to take stock of the state of the relationship between the United States and the Visegrád Group (V4). The United States finds itself amid an economic slowdown and a restrictive fiscal environment at the same time that it has to tackle a significant number of international commitments. The global economic crisis, the rise of new powers, the tenuous relationship with Russia and a questionable state of the reset, the winding down of the war effort in Afghanistan and the instability following the Arab Spring are just some of the challenges the United States has to address. The crisis has also deeply affected the V4 economies, while regional dynamics — such as the growing Russian and Chinese presence in the region, as well as uncertainties in relations with the Eastern neighborhood — continue to reshape the political landscape. The U.S.-V4 partnership will evolve in light of these developments, altering — for better or worse — America’s relationships with the Visegrád countries. (more) http://ow.ly/1lMtVm
Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) in Europe (Czech Republic and Poland) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
CEPA: Concluding his remarkable tenure as Poland’s Ambassador to the United States, Robert Kupiecki sits down with Central Europe Digest for an exclusive interview discussing the state of U.S.-Polish relations in 2012.
In a candid conversation, the Ambassador shares his insights on key aspects of the relationship, such as missile defense and relations with Russia; energy cooperation, particularly with regard to shale gas; and Poland’s role within a shifting U.S. foreign policy paradigm. Offering his take on the achievements of the last four years and some of the challenges still to be addressed, Ambassador Kupiecki concludes with compelling words of wisdom: “Never lose Poland from your sight.” (more) http://ow.ly/1lGiLZ
Leon Panetta (Photo credit: Fresh Conservative)
ACUS: From the Department of Defense: Secretary Panetta met with Poland’s Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak to discuss issues of mutual interest, including Afghanistan, NATO missile defense, and the ongoing crisis in Syria. (more) http://ow.ly/1lELxV