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 in cooperation with the European Academy of Diplomacy.

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.

| 2019 MENTORS | 2020 MENTORS TBA |


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


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.

| NSL ALUMNI 2019 |


Lolita Hasani

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

| FAQ |

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: Sunday, 15 November 2020 – Check-out: Saturday, 21 November 2020, Double Occupancy with a participant of the same gender. (see Single Supplement notes in the What is not covered section)

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 – Sunday, 15 November 2020 (Welcome Dinner at 7 PM)

Expected day of departure – Friday, 20 November or Saturday, 21 November 2020

(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.

Single Supplement (the additional cost for accommodation in a single room) is not covered by the program. Shared accommodations are an intentional aspect of the program and represent the most powerful way to build relationships with other leaders outside your own culture. We strongly encourage participants to take advantage of this opportunity.

For those participants who wish to be accommodated in a single room, single supplement information will be provided by request. The costs, once determined, will be the sole responsibility of the requesting participant.

Can I extend my stay in Warsaw / Poland? – every participant is responsible for their own travel. The organizers provide accommodation from Sunday, 15 November 2020 to Saturday, 21 November 2020. 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.


Apply now 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

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

– NATO’s role in the Global Order

– Security alliances and cooperation in the midst of pandemic

– Tech: Cyber, A.I., Quantum, Hypersonics, Space

– Grassroots & Global Security: Public understanding of geopolitical risk and conflict

– Democracy and disinformation in and after pandemic

– Developing New Leadership: Expanding the table to include new actors in ‘Peace and Security’


Submit your NSL program application by 1st of September 2020


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