Who We Are

The Warsaw Security Forum is one of the leading European security conferences devoted to transatlantic cooperation and focused on elaborating shared responses to common challenges, with an emphasis on the security of Central and Eastern Europe.

Organized since 2014, the Warsaw Security Forum gathers annually over 1500 highest representatives of governments, international organizations, industry, think tanks and civil society coming from over 90 countries.

The two days program is packed with on-stage high-level panel discussions, Chatham House rule-based round tables and dozens of bilateral meetings mixed with industry presentations and cultural program of the Partner Country – all designed to find answers to the most pressing current political and military issues.

During the Forum, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation presents the Knight of Freedom award to an outstanding figure who contributed to the promotion of the values of General Casimir Pulaski, i.e. freedom, justice and democracy.

The Warsaw Security Forum provides also a platform for the New Security Leaders program which involves the voices of a new generation of decision-makers and experts specializing in transatlantic relations.

Last, but not least female participants of the Warsaw Security Forum traditionally meet for a working breakfast and other formats organized by Women in International Security Poland, attesting to the importance of gender balance and equality in the international security dialogue.

Since its inception, the Warsaw Security Forum is organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, in strategic partnership with NATO and the National Security Bureau to the President of the Republic of Poland.

Organizer

Founded in 2005, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation is an non-profit, non-partisan Polish-think tank conducting research on different aspects of European and transatlantic security, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

The Foundation brings together dozens of international experts in various fields (foreign policy, defence, energy, democratic resilience) and publishes analysis describing and explaining international events, identifying trends in the European and Transatlantic security environment and recommending solutions for government decision-makers and the private sector.

The Casimir Pulaski Foundation is also the initiator and main organizer of the annual Warsaw Security Forum conference, which annually gathers over 1500 stakeholders from more than 60 countries in order to elaborate shared responses to common transatlantic security challenges.

Each year the Foundation presents the “Knight of Freedom” award to outstanding figures who contribute to the promotion of the values of General Casimir Pulaski, such as freedom, justice and democracy. It is also the home to the Polish branch of the Women in International Security network.

The Casimir Pulaski Foundation has been ranked as the first among Polish Think Tanks dealing with defence and national security according to the ‘Global Go To Think Tank Index’ report in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Foundation also has a status of a partner organization of the Council of Europe.

Organizer

Founded in 2005, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation is an non-profit, non-partisan Polish-think tank conducting research on different aspects of European and transatlantic security, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

The Foundation brings together dozens of international experts in various fields (foreign policy, defence, energy, democratic resilience) and publishes analysis describing and explaining international events, identifying trends in the European and Transatlantic security environment and recommending solutions for government decision-makers and the private sector.

The Casimir Pulaski Foundation is also the initiator and main organizer of the annual Warsaw Security Forum conference, which annually gathers over 1500 stakeholders from more than 60 countries in order to elaborate shared responses to common transatlantic security challenges.

Each year the Foundation presents the “Knight of Freedom” award to outstanding figures who contribute to the promotion of the values of General Casimir Pulaski, such as freedom, justice and democracy. It is also the home to the Polish branch of the Women in International Security network.

The Casimir Pulaski Foundation has been ranked as the first among Polish Think Tanks dealing with defence and national security according to the ‘Global Go To Think Tank Index’ report in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Foundation also has a status of a partner organization of the Council of Europe.

Leadership

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Zbigniew Pisarski

Founder of the Warsaw Security Forum, President of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation

International Advisory Council

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Catherine Ashton

Global Fellow Woodrow Wilson Center, EU High Representative & Vice President of the European Commission (2009-2014), United Kingdom

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LTG (R) Ben Hodges

Pershing Chair, CEPA Partner, Berlin Global Advisors; Commanding general US Army Europe (2014 – 2017), USA

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Hanna Hopko

Co-Founder, International Center for Ukrainian Victory, Head of Foreign Affairs Committee and Member of Parliament (2014-2019), Ukraine

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General (R) David H. Petraeus

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011-2012), Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (2010-2011), Commander of US Central Command (2008-2010), USA

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Norbert Röttgen

Member of Parliament, Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee (2014-2021), Germany

Team

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Bart Kot

Program Director, Warsaw Security Forum

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Tomasz Smura

Head of the Defense Track, Business Development