NSL Program2019-09-20T09:57:04+02:00



Ken Lawson

Ken Lawson Executive Director at Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, USA


Andrew A. Michta

Andrew A. Michta Dean of the College of International and Security Studies at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, USA


Piret Pernik

Piret Pernik Research Fellow, International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia

New Security Leaders 2019


Lolita Hasani

Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), Republic of North Macedonia


The New Security Leaders program is a leadership mentoring program for mid-career, high potential leaders from foreign policy, defense and security fields. Over the course of four days, NSL participants work with the Mentors – world leaders, global thinkers and experts – to discuss the most pressing global security challenges.

The NSL takes place in the margin of The Warsaw Security Forum, allowing accepted participants to share their ideas at the forum and help shape the discussion.

The New Security Leaders program is organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation in cooperation with the European Academy of Diplomacy.


The New Security Leader is a young professional 26-40 years of age, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in fields of international politics, defense strategy, security policy or other security-related issues such as disinformation threats and cyber space, energy security etc. and a citizen of NATO, EU or European Neighbourhood country. NSL participants play an active role in the Warsaw Security Forum, taking part in two-days of moderated discussions and simulations, followed by private meetings with VIP speakers and Honorable Guests in the margins of the Forum. Accepted candidates are invited to join the networking receptions, working lunches, WSF Gala Dinner and other valuable networking opportunities.


The Leadership Talks are an integral part of NSL program, in a format of coffee break meetings with the VIP speakers from the WSF.

The idea behind the Leadership Talks modus operandi is to provide a strategic insight, highlight the main points, discuss operational or tactical remarks, that could be augmented by the NSL participants. It is an immense opportunity to share and discuss valuable points of view on defense issues, security policy and world politics.


NSL Program participants, supervised by the Mentors, formulate The New Security Leaders Statement addressed to the Warsaw Security Forum participants, VIP and Honorable Guests.

| FAQ |

NSL is a scholarship program for applicants between 26 and 40 years old, and with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in security, political, or other relevant field. Participants accepted into the program do not pay tuition or fee to attend. Approximately 15 applicants will be accepted for the 2019 NSL Session. The language of the program is English. Additional materials throughout the program will be provided by the organizers.


Yes, (Check in: 29 September 2019 – Check out: 4 October 2019, double occupancy with a participant of the same gender. (see Single Supplement notes in What is not covered)


Yes, most meals are covered either as preplanned set meals, or by daily allowance.

What are the Program Dates?2019-05-30T11:42:16+02:00

Expected day of arrival – Sunday, 29 September 2019 (Welcome Dinner at 7PM) Expected day of departure – Friday, 4 October 2019 (additional room nights, before or after the program will be at the participant’s expense)


No. Airfare and airport transfers are the responsibility of the participants. Medical insurance – Participants are responsible for their own insurance and medical coverages during the program. The organizers are not responsible and will not cover any participant related medical costs.

Airport Transfers2019-05-30T11:43:55+02:00

UBER and Taxify are available at Chopin Intl and Modlin Airports. The rates vary based on demand and time of day. Generally speaking UBER rates from Chopin airport to the Warsaw city center are $10 USD or less. Uber rates from Modlin airport are significantly higher because of the additional distance, but tickets are available on an express bus to the Palace of Culture (Centrum) for approximately $10 USD.

Single Supplement2019-05-30T11:44:58+02:00

(the additional cost for accommodation in a single room) is not covered as part of the program. For those participants wanting to be accommodated in a single room – single supplement information will be provided. The exact additional cost (approximately $50 per night, totaling $250) will be the sole responsibility of the requesting participant.

Can I extend my stay in Warsaw / Poland?2019-05-30T11:45:38+02:00

Every participant is responsible for their own travel. The organizers provide accommodation from Sunday, 29 September 2019 to Friday, 4 October 2019. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay after the program has ended you will be responsible for those additional hotel nights. Program hotel details will be provided closer to the start of the program.

How far is the hotel from the NSL Program venue?2019-05-30T11:46:10+02:00

The hotels provided by organizers are within walking distance from the classes. Program coordinators will accompany participants each day to and from the venue of the program.

Can I stay in a different hotel?2019-05-30T11:46:39+02:00

We book the same hotel(s) for all participants. This helps to keep the logistics simple and increases group integration. If you wish to stay at a different hotel you will not be reimbursed for any additional expenses.


If you meet the following qualifications criteria:

– you are 26-40 years old,

– you come from NATO, EU and European Neighborhood countries,

– you have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in fields of politics, international relations, public law, national security,

You are willing to submit a Policy Paper on one of the following issues:

– Does NATO need reform? Define a plan of action. –

– Russia and China a growing alliance – How should the West respond? –

– Eastern Europe and the Baltics driving narrative and creating value in the UK, US, Germany and France. –

– A US Military base in Poland (Fort Trump) – What are the implications? –

– Central Asia’s Dramatic Changes – Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. –

– Elections in the US and Canada – Anticipating the future. –

– Brexit’s impact on Euro-Atlantic Security. –



Submit your NSL programme application by 15th of July 2019


For any questions related to the New Security Leaders program participation and cooperation you are most invited to address them to Mr. Joshua Burgin, New Security Leaders Coordinator at jburgin@diplomats.pl or the Casimir Pulaski Foundation office, 6 Oleandrów Street, 00-629 Warsaw, phone (0048) 22 658 04 01, fax (0048) 22 205 06 35 or via e-mail nsl@pulaski.pl