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From the Editor
   
Economic growth and national security are two issues that usually take center stage in modern politics and absorb the attention of policy makers. Other important issues such as democracy, good governance and civil society are secondary to these.

When we became part of the free world 25 years ago, that world was very different from what we have today—in terms of both economic growth and national security. The cold war was still on, 9/11 hadn’t happened yet, and Lehman Brothers Bank did not yet exist. Everybody knew we had to build a new edifice for ourselves, largely according to the old blueprint.

Today we largely need a new blueprint because the canon of security architecture has changed, and the economy finds itself in a new situation, too.

In this issue of the Voice, we ask U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull and the head of the Polish president’s National Security Bureau, General Stanisław Koziej, about Poland’s security and economic growth. The responses are sometimes strikingly similar, offering new insight into the opportunities and prospects in these two key areas. The message is more or less this: talk of weakened U.S.-European ties is unfounded, as is the belief that others will do our homework for us.