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

NSL take place jointly and in parallel with 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, the German Marshall Fund of the United States – and in 2021 – with the generous support of the International Republican Institute.

The integral part of the NSL Program are Leadership Talks, held 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.

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The ideal 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 is a citizen of a NATO, EU or European Neighborhood country. NSL participants play an active role in the Warsaw Security Forum, taking part in two-days of moderated discussions and simulations. WSF also offers 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.

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The New Security Leaders Program is organized in parallel with the Warsaw Security Forum. Applicants accepted into the NSL Program will have most of the expenses associated with the NSL Program and Warsaw Security Forum participation covered as part of the program grant. See the details regarding program logistics below.

The Essay

A strong determining factor for your NSL application is the essay. The application form includes suggested topics. Applicants MAY submit an essay using a different topic as long as it is applicable to diplomacy, security, and relevant to the Euro-Atlantic alliance.

Essays must be your original work product and should be written as a serious opinion piece (typically 800 to 1,000 words), or as a graduate school or white paper (1,500 to 3,000 words). Sources are helpful but not required. The committee is looking for clearly communicated concepts that demonstrate your ability to bring relevant ideas to the program. All essays will be reviewed for external publication.

What logistics are provided by NSL?

Lodging – Yes, (Check-in: Friday, 1 October, 2021 – Check-out: Thursday, 7 October, 2021,

Meals – Yes, most meals (about 75%) are covered either as preplanned set meals or by cash allowance.

What are the Program Dates?

Expected day of arrival – Friday, 1 October, 2021 (Welcome Dinner at 7 PM)

Expected day of departure – Thursday, 7 October, 2021

(additional room nights, before or after the program will be at the participant’s expense)

What is not covered by NSL?

Transportation – Transportation is not covered. All participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the event.

  • Airport Transfers: UBER and Taxify are available at Chopin Intl and Modlin Airports, rates vary based on demand and time of day. Generally speaking, UBER rates from Chopin to the city center are $10 USD or less, there is also a train under the airport that is operated by the public transit system. Uber rates from Modlin are significantly higher because of additional distance (about $35 USD), but an express bus runs from the Modlin Airport to the Palace of Culture for approximately $10 USD. It is also possible to take a train.

Medical insurance – Participants are responsible for their own insurance and medical coverages during the program. The organizers are not responsible for any participant’s medically related expenses.

Can I extend my stay in Warsaw / Poland? – every participant is responsible for their own travel. The organizers provide accommodation from Friday, 1 October, 2021 to Thursday, 7 October, 2021.  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 to accepted participants closer to the start of the program.

Hotel Questions

How far is the hotel from the NSL Program venue? The hotels provided are within walking distance from the program sessions. Program coordinators will accompany participants each day to and from the venue. During the Warsaw Security Forum portion of the program, participants will stay at the Forum venue.

Can I stay in a different hotel?

The organizers book the same hotel(s) for all participants. This helps with logistics and group integration; if you wish to stay at a different hotel or separately from the group, you will not be reimbursed for the group hotel costs or any additional expenses.

We look forward to receiving your application and to welcoming the selected participants to Warsaw.


For any questions related to the New Security Leaders program participation and cooperation you are invited to address them to:

Mr. Joshua Burgin, New Security Leaders Coordinator at jburgin@diplomats.pl

or the Casimir Pulaski Foundation office:

E-mail: WSF@pulaski.pl

Address: 6 Oleandrow Street, 00-629 Warsaw
Phone (+48) 22 658 04 01
Fax (+48) 22 205 06 35
Fax (+48) 22 205 06 35