Europe at a Crossroads: The Virtue of Nationalism
May 13, 2019
On the eve of the EU Parliamentary Elections, we explored a more inclusive vision of Europe - one that respects the diverse identities, aspirations, and traditions of all EU member states and draws strength from their shared interests and common values. This conference was the first London appearance by Yoram Hazony since the publication of his critically acclaimed, award-winning book, The Virtue of Nationalism. Moderator: John O’Sullivan. Participants included John Fonte, Nile Gardiner, Daniel Hannon, Yoram Hazony, Daniel Kawczynski, Melvin Schut, and Sir Roger Scruton.
Poland & the US in Defense of Freedom: From Defeating Communism to Preserving National Sovereignty
May 3, 2019
Following the fall of Soviet communism, Poland and the other countries of East-Central Europe regained their sovereignty and, with it, the freedom to choose their alliances and determine their destinies. They returned to their historic position as independent Western states, joined NATO, and became members of the European Union. In Poland, freedom unleashed pent-up potential and produced more than two decades of uninterrupted economic growth. But to continue the success and complete the transformation, more reforms are needed. The experience of Poland shows how addressing the legacy of communism, both human and institutional, is necessary to finalize the reforms started in 1989 and to fully restore faith in the country's institutions, increase the security of Europe, and strengthen transatlantic relations. Moderator: Charles Lipson. Panelists: Tom Cosentino, Steve Hayward, Antoni Macierewicz.
Poland, the US, & NATO: Confronting the Russian Threat
April 6, 2019
Following the fall of Soviet communism, NATO expanded eastward, shifting the continent's security epicenter to East-Central Europe, particularly Poland. Given the resurgence of Putin's Russia and its attempts to weaponize energy and cyber communications, this panel discussion addressed clear and present dangers and Poland's strategic importance in standing up to and containing this new iteration of an old threat. Among other topics, the conversation examined Nord Stream 2, trans-Atlantic relations, the role of Brussels, and Russia's active measures in the digital age. Moderator: Claudia Rosett. Panelists: Anna Maria Anders, Tom Cosentino, John Lenczowski.
Poland’s Transition to Democracy: Lessons for Latin America
February 7, 2019
This panel discussion examined Poland's transition from communism to freedom that began three decades ago and the lessons it offers for the captive nations of Latin America. Claudia Rosett, a New York-based award winning journalist who covered the fall of the Soviet Union and the Tiananmen Square massacre for the Wall Street Journal, moderated a conversation with Poland’s Secretary of State for International Dialogue Senator Anna Maria Anders, US Army Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, and US Ambassador Otto Reich.
Ronald Reagan & John Paul II: The Partnership that Changed the World
September 26, 2018
President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II were two of the most consequential figures of the 20th century. With the extraordinary power of their will and their words, the American president and the Polish pope together liberated Europe and forever changed the world.
This all-day conference examined what prepared these men for the roles they later played (e.g., their moral clarity, creative backgrounds, communication skills, and early struggles against communism), the remarkable events of their presidency and papacy, and their lasting legacy. Moderators: Peter Robinson and John O’Sullivan. Participants included Paula Dobriansky, Lee Edwards, Callista Gingrich, Steve Hayward, Paul Kengor, Vaclav Klaus, John Lenczowski, Arturo Mari, and Piotr Naimski.
Poland, NATO, and the Future of Eastern European Security (Hudson Institute)
June 26, 2018
While NATO now encompasses many more nations than it did during the Cold War, this critical alliance continues to face challenges in developing effective strategies and tactics to respond to Russian provocations and threats to neighboring nations, allies, and the world. In this environment, Eastern Europe’s strategic importance is returning to Cold War levels.
The Republic of Poland, in particular, has become a key player in this new Eastern European dynamic and a potential bulwark against Russia. On June 26, Hudson Institute hosted noted scholars, historians, and politicians. Panelists considered Poland’s contributions to fighting tyranny, its active role in NATO, and the country’s strategic importance in countering an assertive Russia and strengthening the security of key European infrastructure, including energy. Moderator: Walter Russell Mead. Participants: Anna Maria Anders, John Fonte, and Andrew Roberts.