REPORT: The V4 towards a new NATO Strategic Concept and the EU Strategic Compass

Dear Readers, We, the representatives of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, the Antall József Knowledge Centre, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and  the Slovak Security Policy Institute; have the privilege of presenting to you a special report, wtitten by sixteen   senior defence experts and entitled “The V4 towards a new NATO Strategic Concept and the EU Strategic Compass”. The document is a summaryof  a broader project entitled: “Returning to the roots of the Visegrad cooperation – coordinating V4 strategy towards NATO Strategic Concept and European defence autonomy” that is supported by the International Visegrad Fund. The project is aimed at supporting the coordination of the V4 group’s stance on works over […]

Alexey Navalny – 2021 Knight of Freedom awardee

Every year the Casimir Pulaski Foundation is presenting The Knight of Freedom award to individuals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of democracy, freedom, and equality worldwide.

Strategic Compass and the EU-NATO relations in the field of security and defence

Announcement – The final Webinar of “The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and Strategic Compass” grant will take place on the 9th of September at 12:00 CEST We have the pleasure to inform you that the final in a series of four webinars devoted to discussing the common position of V4 countries towards the most pressing issues within NATO, will take place on the 9th of September. The discussion panel will be entitled: “Strategic Compass and the EU-NATO relations in the field of security and defence,” and will begin at 12:00 CEST. The seminar is a part of a broader project entitled: "The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and Strategic […]

JOINT STATEMENT BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ON THE CALL TO STOP THE NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE

9 August 2021 – Nord Stream 2 (NS2) is a dangerous and shortsighted decision which preferences the economic interests of a few minority stakeholders over long-term transatlantic security and stability. This unnecessary pipeline sows’ discord in Europe, consolidates Russia’s stranglehold on Europe’s energy supply, and undermines collective efforts to counter Russian aggression. NS2 is economically unnecessary and environmentally destructive. Natural gas demand is projected to decline in Europe, building a new pipeline when excess capacity to import Russian gas already exists makes little sense. The building of the pipeline on sensitive seabed alongside the import of gas from Gazprom, which has a concerning and consistent track record of large methane […]

Strategic adaptation to new challenges

Announcement – The 3rd Webinar of “The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and Strategic Compass” grant will take place on the 24th of August at 12:00 CEST We have the pleasure to inform you that the third in a series of four webinars devoted to discussing the common position of V4 countries towards the most pressing issues within NATO, will take place on the 24th of August. The discussion panel will be entitled: “Strategic adaptation to new challenges,” and will begin at 12:00 CEST. The seminar is a part of the project entitled: "The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and Strategic Compass," initiated by Casimir Pulaski Foundation, The Antall József […]

The vision of the V4 countries on the role of NATO (core tasks and principles)

Announcement – The 2nd Webinar of “The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and Strategic Compass” grant will take place on the 29th of July at 12:00 CEST We have the pleasure to inform you that the second in a series of four webinars devoted to discussing the common position of V4 countries towards the most pressing issues within NATO, will take place on the 29th of July. The discussion panel will be entitled: “The vision of the V4 countries on the role of NATO (core tasks and principles),” and will begin at 12:00 CEST. The seminar is a part of the project entitled: "The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and […]

The evolution of the international security environment and most important future threats and challenges for NATO from the V4 perspective

Announcement – The 1st Webinar of “The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept and Strategic Compass” grant will take place on the 15th of July at 12:00 CEST We have the pleasure to inform you that the first of four webinars devoted to discussing the common position of V4 countries towards the most pressing issues within NATO, will take place on the 15th of July. The discussion panel will be entitled: “The evolution of international security environment and most important future threats and challenges for NATO from the V4 perspective,” and will begin at 12:00 CEST. The seminar is a part of the project entitled: "The V4 towards NATO Strategic Concept […]

VOLUNTEERING

The Casimir Pulaski Foundation (CPF) offers the opportunity to volunteer at the Warsaw Security Forum during the 5th and 6th October 2021. The Volunteering program is unpaid and will last 3 to 4 days (including the training sessions in the run up to the event). Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in one of the biggest security conferences in the region, network with its participants and participate in some workshops organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation and its sister foundation - the European Academy of Diplomacy. Additionally, volunteers will get a 200 PLN worth voucher to be spent on courses offered by the European Academy of Diplomacy within 12 […]

PULASKI COMMENTARY – R. PSZCZEL: NATO Summit 2021– initial scoresheet

Traditionally, NATO summits are the landmark events for the entire organisation – unlike for example in the case of the European Union, they normally take place only every few years and thus the pressure to come up with strategically oriented decisions is very strong (and usually delivered upon). What is the initial scoresheet of the summit held “in the pivotal time for our Alliance” on June 14th, 2021?[1] Firstly, President Biden has not disappointed. His commitment to NATO was on full display throughout the meeting. His remarks that “collective defence is a sacred obligation” rang true and had a deeper meaning – particularly having the topsy-turvy performances of his predecessor […]

PULASKI POLICY PAPER: R Johnson – Russian Obsessions With Ukraine: What Drives Putin Towards War

Pułaski Policy Paper no 5, 2021, May 13, 2021 For years after the Cold War invading one its neighbours had been deemed largely unthinkable.  That is, until Moscow’s military rolled across the border of Georgia in August 2008 and seized two provinces which it still occupies today. A similar land grab of Ukrainian territory was fraught with horrendous consequences. In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded both Crimea and the Eastern Donbas regions. To this day the latter remains a war zone with massive devastation throughout and more than 13,000 persons killed – 25 per cent of those being civilians. Nevertheless, previous hostilities have not fulfilled Putin’s ambitions vis-à-vis Ukraine, […]

PULASKI COMMENTARY – R. PSZCZEL: Russia on the path of confrontation

Only those, who want to practice the three wise monkeys pose (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) can continue pretending that a direct confrontation with Russia is not upon us. No exercise in wishful thinking can obscure the threat to the post-Cold War stability, brought about by Russia’s recent actions targeting Ukraine, the West and international norms in general. Examples abound. Continued massing of troops and military equipment on Ukraine’s borders; illegal closing of the Kerch Strait passage to foreign, non-commercial vessels; refusal to acknowledge virulent propaganda, disinformation, and cyber-attacks; exposed spying in such diverse countries as Italy or Bulgaria and most recent revelations of state-sponsored terrorist […]

PULASKI COMMENTARY – R. Pszczel: The West is back

Recent meetings and decisions taken by NATO and European institutions have provided more reasons for optimism for those who care about the condition of the Transatlantic community of states. The new US administration is walking the walk. It is methodically outlining its key strategies and reinvigorating alliances and partnerships. This is hugely important because there is no time to waste, as both Russia and China are openly challenging the West and its values. In February 2020, the annual Munich Security Conference, bringing together key decision-makers from both sides of the Atlantic, pushed a debate towards a somewhat defeatist slogan “Westlesness in the West: what are we defending?” The organizers clearly […]