Increasing challenges - the Polish perspective on regional security and migration

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Increasing challenges - the Polish perspective on regional security and migration

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 02 May 2017


Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland.


Chris Farnham

In Poland’s view , Russia’s aggression in Eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea are a severe violation of the basic foundations of the world order established at the end of the Cold War, posing a direct threat to security, democratic institutions and values of free people. Growing instability in the Middle East and North Africa have forced thousands of migrants to flee from their home countries in search of a better and safer life, sparking a major crisis in Europe. In Asia, power politics, the use of military force and disregard for international law become more and more apparent.

Poland’s foreign affairs Minister will talk about possible actions that can be taken to address these issues effectively. He will present Poland’s role in promoting international peace and security, stability, as well as sustained development, in particular the country’s active involvement in UN peacekeeping operations. He will also outline his strategic vision of Poland’s potential contribution to the activities of the UN Security Council, on which his country is currently seeking a non-permanent seat for 2018–2019.

Dr Witold Waszczykowski was appointed Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 2015 and has been a deputy in the Polish Sejm (lower house of parliament) for the Law & Justice Party since 2011 (re-elected in 2015). In parliament, he has been deputy chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Dr Waszczykowski’s distinguished career in Poland’s public service includes roles as Deputy Head of the National Security Bureau (2008-11) and Deputy Foreign Minister (2005-08), serving as the chief negotiator during missile shield talks between Poland and the Unites States. He has worked in a number of departments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the early 1990s, including as Head of Poland’s Liaison Office to NATO, and was posted as the country’s Ambassador to Iran from 1999 to 2002. The chief of Polish diplomacy graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Lodz (1980) and the Department of International Studies at the University of Oregon (1991). He then pursued postgraduate studies in international security and arms control at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and was awarded a PhD in 1993.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Poland.

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