The Casimir Pulaski Foundation is an independent, non-partisan think-tank specializing in foreign policy and international security. The Pulaski Foundation provides analyses that describe and explain international developments, identify trends in international environment, and contain possible recommendations and solutions for government decision makers and private sector managers to implement.
The Foundation concentrates its research on two subjects: transatlantic relations and Russia and the post-Soviet sphere. It focuses primarily on security, both in traditional and non-military dimensions, as well as political changes and economic trends that may have consequences for Poland and the European Union. The Casimir Pulaski Foundation is composed of over 60 experts from various fields. It publishes the Pulaski Policy Papers, the Pulaski Report, and the Pulaski Commentaries. The Foundation experts cooperate with media on a regular basis.
Once a year, the Casimir Pulaski Foundation gives the Knight of Freedom Award to an outstanding person who has promoted the values represented by General Casimir Pulaski: freedom, justice, and democracy. Prizewinners include: Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, Professor Norman Davies, Alaksandar Milinkiewicz, President Lech Wałęsa, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President Valdas Adamkus, Bernard Kouchner, and Richard Lugar, President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President Mikheil Saakashvili, Radek Sikorski i Carl Bildt and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
One of the leading projects in the field of international security is the annual Warsaw Security Forum, organized in partnership with the Polish and foreign partners and institutions, which is bringing together policymakers from European Union and NATO countries to discuss major security challenges.
Casimir Pulaski Foundation received an award “Think Tank Awards 2017” in category “Best EU International Affairs think tank”, awarded by Prospect magazine.
The Casimir Pulaski Foundation has a partnership status with the Council of Europe.
Secure and democratic Poland as a part of the Integrated West in a stable international community.
The mission of the Foundation Casimir Pulaski is to strengthen Poland’s security, actively support European integration, stability and democratic values, and foster the creation of and upholding an international order based on respect for international law, through inspiring and influencing public debate and decision-making processes.
Values central to the Casimir Pulaski Foundation are those that were also the closest to heart of it’s patron – freedom, justice, and democracy.
In it’s day to day functioning, the foundation is governed by the principles of:
Independence and non-partisanship – all projects undertaken by the Foundation serve to support the civil society and produce objective, bias-free recommendations for the decision makers.
Objectivity and impartiality – the analyses produced by the Foundation are to be free of any implicit or explicit bias, and are verified by a group of independent researchers cooperating with the Foundation. All the materials published and all the events organized by the CPF serve to better achieve the Foundation’s goals, present the objective assessments and diverse viewpoints.
Non-partisanship and strict neutrality – Casimir Pulaski Foundation is not, in any way shape or form, related to political parties. The review and assessment of decisions made by Polish policy makers on matters relevant/pertinent to the Foundation’s area of expertise are free of political or ideological bias and are based exclusively on factual, substantive analysis. The Foundation is not responsible for private views of its experts.
Dignity and openness to dialogue – the Pulaski Foundation respects all views and beliefs expressed within the limits of the law and freedom of speech. The Foundation invites individuals representing various political views and opinions to a constructive exchange of opinions, and participation in the events organized by the Foundation.
Reliability – theses formulated in publications issued by the Foundation are based on proven, open-source data. The highest quality of publications is ensured by the publishing process adopted at the Foundation, which includes assessments produced by experts and the members of the academia as well as the Foundation’s Council approval process, to which all the key publications are subjected to. The possibility of a conflict of interest is excluded in all the projects undertaken by the Foundation.
Accountability – all activities of the Foundation are directed at the implementation of statutory goals/provisions, i.e. efforts for further advancement of civil society and providing independent expertise, thus providing the public administration with implementable solutions and recommendations.
Transparency – the Casimir Pulaski Foundation operates on the basis of complete transparency of funding and activities. Both the financial statements and records of activities are available in the public domain.
The Casimir Pulaski Foundation nine strategic goals for the years 2017-2021.
1. Robust democracy and the Rule of Law in Poland.
2. Transatlantic cooperation and European Integration.
3. Enhanced cooperation within NATO, focused in particular on the collective defence and the Alliance’s presence in Poland.
4. Strong and competent Polish Armed Forces, developed on the basis of adequate levels of funding, training and planning, coupled with continuous and ambitious modernization plans.
5. Open door policy and streamlining accession procedures into the Western political and military structures, in particular in regards to Ukraine and Georgia.
6. Poland as a reliable and trustworthy actor in the international area, enjoying a strong presence in the international institutions.
7. Active and pronounced role of Poland in international conflict resolution, as well as peace and stability efforts.
8. Diversification of energy resources and suppliers.
9. Increasing societal awareness of threats emerging in the sphere of cybersecurity and information warfare.
About Casimir Pulaski
Kazimierz Pułaski (1745 – 1779) “… Knight of Freedom”
Casimir Pulaski (born March 6, 1745, Warsaw, Poland — died October 11/15, 1779, aboard ship between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.), Polish patriot and U.S. colonial army officer, hero of the Polish anti-Russian insurrection of 1768 (the Confederation of Bar) and of the American Revolution.
The son of Józef Pułaski (1704–69), one of the originators of the Confederation of Bar, the young Pułaski distinguished himself in the defense of Berdichev (1768) and Częstochowa (1770–71) against the Russians. He also unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap King Stanisław II to the confederates’ camp (October 1771) and was falsely accused of trying to murder the king. After the Prussian and Austrian invasion of Poland in the spring of 1772, Pułaski left Częstochowa for Saxony; he later moved to France and lived in financial straits.
In December 1776 in Paris, Pułaski met the American statesman Benjamin Franklin, who recommended him to Gen. George Washington. Pułaski landed in America in June 1777. In Washington’s army he served at Brandywine, was madegeneral and chief of cavalry by Congress, and fought at Germantown and in the winter campaign of 1777–78. The Pułaski Legion, a mixed corps he formed in 1778, exploited his experience in guerrilla warfare. In May 1779 he defended Charleston. Wounded at Savannah on October 9, 1779, he died aboard theWasp.
The date of his death and the location of his body are disputed. His aide-de-camp testified that he died on October 11 and that his body was buried at sea. Another account—discovered in a letter written by the captain of the Wasp and corroborated by a statement by the widow of the man who built Pułaski’s coffin—puts his death on October 15, aboard the ship at anchor in a river several miles from Savannah. According to that account, his corpse was brought ashore and buried at a nearby plantation. A descendant of the plantation’s owner is said to have exhumed the remains in 1852 and reinterred them beneath a monument to Pulaski in Savannah in 1853. Though DNA analysis conducted in the 20th century following a further disinterment was inconclusive, the skeleton is consistent with Pulaski’s age and occupation. A comparison of the skull to portraits of Pulaski further suggests that the remains are his. A small tumour on his face, noticeable in several paintings, lines up with apparent bone scarring on the cheek of the skull.