Poland at the Crossroads? Polish Foreign Policy and the Current Crisis of Europe

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a talk with Wojciech Michnik, Assistant Professor at American University in the Emirates.

In this talk, Michnik will discuss the changing political climate in Poland that has lead to a transformation of Polish foreign policy since the elections of 2015. By rejecting European Union refugee policy, starting the so-called Three Seas Initiative and aligning itself with Euroscepticism (from Hungary and the United Kingdom), Poland signaled a stark departure from its previous tradition of foreign policy. As a result, Poland has found itself at odds with major European powers (Germany, France) in a time of EU crisis.

Wojciech Michnik is currently an assistant professor at American University in the Emirates in Dubai. He has also taught International Relations and Security Studies at Jesuit University Ignatianum and at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. During the 2015-2016 academic year he served as a Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. Professor Michnik holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Jagiellonian University. He conducted research and received training at Boston University; the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Western Washington University; NATO; the European Commission; Utrecht University and the German Ministry of Defense. In 2014 he worked as a foreign and security policy analyst at the Department of Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.