What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to deploy approximately 1,000 additional U.S. troops to Poland during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Reuters reported Sept. 23.
Why It Matters: The deal, which formalizes the United States' commitment to protecting Poland from Russia, provides a diplomatic victory to Duda and his governing Law and Justice ahead of November elections. The additional U.S. troops will likely prompt a reactive military buildup from Moscow in places like neighboring Kaliningrad and, potentially, Belarus.
Background: Warsaw and Washington have been negotiating a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland for more than a year. The United States currently has 4,500 soldiers deployed in the country.
- Europe 2019 Fourth-Quarter Forecast (Sept. 18, 2019)
- Gaming Out 'Fort Trump' and Other U.S. Military Base Options in Poland (June 12, 2019)
- In Poland, a Fixed U.S. Presence Will Warrant a Russian Response (June 7, 2019)