The Warsaw Security Forum has become a permanent element of the European landscape of conferences devoted to transatlantic cooperation and focusing on elaborating shared responses to common security challenges.
Organized since 2014, the Warsaw Security Forum is a platform for the exchange of views between the highest representatives of governments, international institutions, industry, think-tanks and experts in the fields of politics and defense. Each year the Forum focuses on the key challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance, the European Union and their partner countries, with particular emphasis on the security of Central and Eastern Europe.
The axis of discussions is international policy (primarily in the transatlantic perspective) and aspects of economic, energy and cyber security. Topics related to the participation of women in shaping political decisions, current trends in regional and world geopolitics, terrorism and strictly military aspects are also discussed.

Every year, the conference is attended by approximately 1,500 in-person guests, including several dozen Presidents, Ministers, Secretaries of State and representatives of high-level international organizations. In addition, about 1,000 people have the opportunity to participate in the Forum through the WSF interactive online platform. Key sessions are also streamed live via media partner channels and social media.
The agenda of the Warsaw Security Forum includes a total of few dozen open discussion panels divided into three thematic blocks: Global Track, Defense Track and Resilience Track. Discussions in the Global Track concern broadly understood geopolitics, cooperation strategies between countries and international organizations, and the most current and clear threats to national and international security. In the field of defense and resilience issues of defense cooperation, strengthening democratic structures in the countries of the region, as well as cybersecurity and hybrid conflicts are discussed.
The Forum also organizes several closed, Chatham House rules-based, round table meetings where views on a wide range of topics are freely exchanged. During the two-day conference, guests also have the opportunity to learn more about the potential and the latest solutions proposed by the industry to the armed forces. Our guests can also get acquainted with the culture, art and traditions of one selected Guest Country.
The Warsaw Security Forum is also a place where dozens of bilateral meetings are held and political arrangements are made between the presidents, foreign ministers, defense ministers of NATO, EU and the European Neighborhood.
Every year, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation also awards 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. A permanent and important component is also a working breakfast organized together with the Women in International Security Poland for all female participants of the Warsaw Security Forum; as well as the New Security Leaders program, which involves the voices of a new generation of decision-makers and experts specializing in transatlantic relations in security discussions.

Since its inception in 2014, the Warsaw Security Forum has been organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, in strategic partnership with NATO, the National Security Bureau to the President of the Republic of Poland and under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. The event is co-organized with the German Marshall Fund of the United States since 2020.

The annual conference, as well as a number of side-events and programs branded as the “Road to Warsaw Security Forum” are a result of cooperation with over 40 strategic stakeholders. Partnerships include four international organizations – the Council of Europe, the European Union (EU), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – as well as 30 American and European think-tanks.


The Casimir Pulaski Foundation is an independent, non-partisan think-tank specializing in foreign policy and international security.

The Foundation provides analyses that describe and explain international developments, identify trends in international environment, and contain possible recommendations and solutions for government decision makers and private sector managers to implement. The Casimir Pulaski Foundation team is composed of over 60 experts from various fields, publishing their research in the Pulaski Policy Papers, the Pulaski Reports, and the Pulaski Commentaries.

Each year, the Foundation presents the Knight of Freedom Award to an outstanding person who has promoted the values represented by General Casimir Pulaski: freedom, justice, and democracy. The Casimir Pulaski Foundation is the founder and main organizer of one of the largest regional events of its kind – the Warsaw Security Forum.

Since 2016 CPF ranks 1st in Poland among Defense and National Security think tanks on Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. In 2020, CPF ranked 2nd among all Polish think tanks, and 22nd in the 2020 Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe category.

In 2017, Casimir Pulaski Foundation has also received the “Think Tank Award” in the category “Best EU International Affairs think tank”, awarded by Prospect magazine.

The Casimir Pulaski Foundation has a partnership status with 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.




Hanna Hopko

Chairwoman, Democracy in Action: Zero Corruption Conference & Member of Parliament, Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2014-2019), Ukraine

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