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War, Hope, and Ukraine’s Global Significance: Insights from Piotr Kaszuwara
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Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Piotr Kaszuwara and Jeff Hoffman. Moderated by Elise Giuliano.

Piotr Kaszuwara, a reporter, journalist, and war correspondent for the Polish and Radio 357, has been actively engaged in covering the war in Ukraine. In 2016, he was among the first Western journalists to cross the border between Ukraine and the unrecognized pro-Russian entity known as the Donetsk People’s Republic. Through numerous radio and television productions, as well as written articles, Kaszuwara has shed light on the complexities of the conflict and continued to visit the frontlines in Donbas.

In 2022, as the conflict escalated, Kaszuwara transitioned from journalism to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. He founded the UA Future Foundation, actively involved in saving lives on the frontlines. The foundation provided food to the residents of Bachmut until January 2023, and volunteers have continued their efforts in places like Avdiivka, Orikhiv, Izyum, and Kherson.

Aside from supporting thousands of civilians, UA Future, in collaboration with international partners, supplies essential medical resources to civilian hospitals and stabilization points closer to the front. The foundation actively supports Polish and American volunteer groups with life-saving equipment.

How do the events in small villages in the forgotten Donbas, in eastern Ukraine, impact global politics? Why is Ukraine a litmus test for NATO and international law adherence? What are the consequences if Russia conquers or destabilizes Ukraine as a sovereign state? How does Russian propaganda exploit conflicts within the European Union, NATO, or Israel for its own purposes? How does the war in Ukraine influence the international standing of the United States?

Piotr Kaszuwara is a Polish journalist, and war correspondent, born in Radomsko, but closely associated with Wrocław in Lower Silesia. Since 2011, he has been a journalist for Polish Radio Wrocław, collaborating with Programs I, II, and III of Polish Radio in Warsaw. For several years, he was involved in investigative journalism, covering high-profile criminal cases that shook the Polish public opinion, such as the death of a young man at a police station in Wrocław or the release from prison, after 25 years, of the wrongly convicted Tomasz Komenda. He also wrote about the Polish so-called “Archive X,” a unit dedicated to solving old crimes and the mysterious death of Paulina Antczak. Later, he worked as a presenter at Polsat News and hosted morning and afternoon editions of “Fakty” for Polish Television in Wrocław, while also producing documentaries such as “Bricha: to znaczy ucieczka,” about the escape of Jews from Poland after 1945. Kaszuwara collaborates with the Institute of National Remembrance in Wrocław, was a journalism lecturer at the University of Wrocław, and is currently a reporter for and a correspondent for Polish Radio 357 in Ukraine. He is the President of the UA Future Foundation, and in the summer of 2022, he moved to Ukraine, dividing his time between Donbas and Wrocław in Lower Silesia.

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