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. 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.


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 field of politics, international relations, public law, national security,

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

– How to win disinformation war against the West?
– On the cyber battlefield – how to build a coherent cybersecurity strategy?
– East vs South dilemma – can NATO cohesion be saved?
– Transatlantic relations in the age of Trump — Is the Western unity falling apart?


Submit your NSL programme application by 7 September 2018


For any questions related to the New Security Leaders program participation and cooperation you are most invited to address them to 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 and mrudnicki@pulaski.pl