Andrew A. Michta to join German Marshall Fund as Warsaw office director
~Rhodes College scholar will lead GMF effort in Poland and Central Europe, also serve as senior fellow~
WASHINGTON (April 20, 2011) — The German Marshall Fund announces today that Rhodes College Professor Andrew A. Michta, an expert on Central European politics and security, will join GMF both as Director of the GMF Warsaw office, which will open in late May, and as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow.
As Warsaw office director, the Polish-born Michta will lead GMF’s work in Poland, including working with the Polish government, and with Polish think tanks and NGOs to strengthen civil society. In addition, Michta and the Warsaw office will work on U.S.-European relations, focusing on security issues ranging from regional energy to the role of NATO, with a geographical emphasis on Central Europe, Germany, the Baltic/Nordic region, and Eastern Europe.
“We have thought about opening an office in Poland for many years, and now clearly is the right time,” said GMF President Craig Kennedy, noting that Poland is playing an ever-larger role within the EU, in dealing with EU neighbors like Russia, and in contributing to NATO and its missions, such as in Afghanistan. “Andrew’s personal connection to Poland, his commitment to transatlantic relations, and his distinguished career in the academic and policy communities will form the cornerstone for GMF’s presence in Warsaw.”
Michta is the M.W. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and was previously a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He has served as editor for Eastern Europe and as a member of the board of the journal Problems of Post-Communism, and from 2005-2009 was professor of national security studies and director of studies of the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. Michta has published books and articles on U.S. and European security, NATO, transatlantic relations, civil-military relations, and democratization. He holds a PhD in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University.
The Warsaw office will be GMF’s seventh European office, joining offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest, and smaller GMF representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm, in furthering GMF’s mission to strengthen cooperation on transatlantic and global issues. The office, to be staffed by Polish nationals, will work on a host of transatlantic, European, Central European, and Eastern neighborhood issues through convening, research and analysis, and networking, often in close cooperation with GMF’s Washington headquarters and the other GMF offices and representations.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.
GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.
Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has six offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.