The killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani represents a major shift in United States foreign policy and Poland must try to navigate this shift for the betterment of the country and the wider world.
Since the Obama Presidency, the US has been disengaging from the Middle East. The U.S. did not react to the chemical attacks launched by the Syrians and left their Kurdish allies high and dry once ISIS was defeated.
Now President Trump has made a highly risky move. His actions could stop Iran from dominating the region, but equally well they could lead to a spiraling conflict with totally unpredictable consequences.
It is not clear why President Trump took such a decision, but it could give both China and Russia more room for maneuver and deepen the crisis in Euro-Atlantic relations.
Poland’s special relationship with the U.S. means that it can attempt to act as a bridge between the U.S. and Berlin. After all, it was in Warsaw that the U.S. and its allies tried to identify ways of dealing with Iranian influence during a conference last year.