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 rules-based round tables and dozens of bilateral meetings mixed with industry presentations and cultural program of the Guest 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 has been organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, in strategic partnership with NATO and the National Security Bureau to the President of the Republic of Poland. The event is co-organized with the German Marshall Fund of the United States since 2020.

Organizers

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 secu rity 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.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan policy organization committed to the idea that the United States and Europe are stronger together. GMF champions the principles of democracy, human rights, and international cooperation, which have served as the bedrock of peace and prosperity since the end of World War II, but are under increasing strain.

GMF works on issues critical to transatlantic interests in the 21st century, including the future of democracy, security and defense, geopolitics and the rise of China, and technology and innovation. By drawing on and fostering a community of people with diverse life experiences and political perspectives, GMF pursues its mission by driving the policy debate through cutting-edge analysis and convening, fortifying civil society, and cultivating the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

The work of the GMF’s Warsaw office, led by Michał Baranowski, focuses on three main policy areas: transatlantic security and defense policy, energy security policy and democracy in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. GMF has a long history of engagement with Poland, including grants to Polish organizations since 1990 and the participation of many distinguished Poles in GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program and other programming.

Organizers

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 secu rity 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.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan policy organization committed to the idea that the United States and Europe are stronger together. GMF champions the principles of democracy, human rights, and international cooperation, which have served as the bedrock of peace and prosperity since the end of World War II, but are under increasing strain.

GMF works on issues critical to transatlantic interests in the 21st century, including the future of democracy, security and defense, geopolitics and the rise of China, and technology and innovation. By drawing on and fostering a community of people with diverse life experiences and political perspectives, GMF pursues its mission by driving the policy debate through cutting-edge analysis and convening, fortifying civil society, and cultivating the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

The work of the GMF’s Warsaw office, led by Michał Baranowski, focuses on three main policy areas: transatlantic security and defense policy, energy security policy and democracy in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. GMF has a long history of engagement with Poland, including grants to Polish organizations since 1990 and the participation of many distinguished Poles in GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program and other programming.

Leadership

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Zbigniew Pisarski

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

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Michał Baranowski

Co-Chair of the Warsaw Security Forum, German Marshall Fund of the United States

International Advisory Council

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Catherine Ashton

Global Fellow Woodrow Wilson Center, former 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

Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Verkhovna Rada (2014-2019), Member of the International Advisory Council, Warsaw Security Forum & International Center for Ukrainian Victory, 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

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

Advisors

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Michał Kurtyka

Minister of Climate (2019-2021), Chair of the WSF Energy Security & Climate Track , Poland