Sikorski, Feinstein cap conference on U.S.-Polish-European relationship
Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein capped a German Marshall Fund conference in Warsaw with a reflection on U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Warsaw.
Sikorski said that the fact that Obama chose Poland to visit and host a meeting with regional actors sends a message that Poland likes. Feinstein said that the Warsaw visit showed how the United States and Europe will work together, and that democracy will be a focus of that partnership.
The May 28 conference, entitled “Finding a Balance for Poland, the United States, and Europe,” concluded a weekend that included the opening of GMF’s office in Warsaw. Sikorski also honored Ron Asmus with a posthumous medal celebrating Asmus’ work to expand democracy and security in Poland and the region, which he presented to Asmus’ wife, Barbara Wilkinson.
The conference began with a panel on rethinking transatlanticism. Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum moderated a discussion with Kori Schake, a research fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; former Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld; and GMF Senior Transatlantic Fellow Constanze Stelzenmüller.
A second panel dealt with U.S.-Polish relations. Igor Janke, chief editor of Salon24, a Polish news website, moderated a panel with Polish Minister of Defense Bogdan Klich; Janusz Reiter, president of the Center for International Relations; and Kurt Volker, managing director at BGR Group.
The final panel addressed the EU’s Eastern Policy/Eastern Partnership. Jan Techau, director of Carnegie Europe, moderated a conversation among Olaf Osica, deputy director of the Centre for Eastern Studies; Ivan Krastev, chair of the Board of the Centre for Liberal Studies; and Jim Goldgeier, a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy.