Dr. Turek Discussed American-Polish Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

On Tuesday, 27 May 2014, Dr. Maciej Turek from the Institute for American Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow gave a talk on American­Polish relations and the crisis in Ukraine.

Dr. Turek shortly outlined the basic issues of the Ukraine conflict and the Polish and American reception thereof. He then illustrated the significance of the conflict for both Poland and the US and eventually connected the dots by discussing its effects on Polish­American relations.

After his remarks, Dr. Turek opened the floor for a lively conversation with the students. The main issues discussed were Ukraine's self­conception, the importance of last week's election of the European Parliament, Russian influence in the region, Poland's growing role in Europe, and how the United States is trying to adjust its relations with multiple European actors involved directly in the Ukraine crisis.