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Radek Sikorski

By September 4th, 2017Speakers

Radosław (Radek) Sikorski is Distinguished Statesman at CSIS in Washington DC and Senior Fellow at the Center of European Studies, Harvard University.  He was formerly Poland’s minister of defence (2005-2007), foreign minister (2007-2014) and speaker of parliament (2014-2015).  Born and raised in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Mr. Sikorski led a student strike committee there in 1981 as part of the Solidarity movement.  He graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). He then served as a war reporter in Afghanistan and Angola. In 1988, he was awarded the World Press Photo for spot news. Mr. Sikorski returned to his home country in 1989.  From 2001 till 2005 he was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.  As minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Sikorski was the Polish signatory of the Treaty of Lisbon, in 2007.  Together with Carl Bildt, he launched EU’s Eastern Partnership.  He proposed and helped to set up the European Endowment for Democracy.  He negotiated and signed the Poland-Russia regional visa-free regime, Poland-US missile defense agreement and – together with foreign ministers of Germany and France, the accord between the pro-EU opposition and Ukrainian President Yanukovych, in 2013. In 2012, Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 global thinkers for “telling the truth even when it’s not diplomatic.”

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