Radosław Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski was born on 23rd February 1963 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.  He is a graduate of the University of Oxford with a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

Sikorski headed the students’ strike committee during the unrest in Bydgoszcz in March 1981.  He was granted political asylum in Great Britain in 1982-89.  He was a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola in 1986-89. He won the World Press Photo award in 1987 for a photograph taken in Afghanistan.

As Deputy Minister of National Defence in 1992, Sikorski initiated Poland’s NATO entry ambitions.  In 1998-2001 he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Honorary Chairman of the Foundation for Assistance to Poles in the East.

From 2002 to 2005 he was resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative.  He was editor of the analytical publication European Outlook, and organised international conferences on topics such as UN reform and the 25-year anniversary of the Solidarity movement.  He appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs as an expert on Atlantic issues. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the American Committees on Foreign Relations.

Sikorski was elected senator for Bydgoszcz in 2005, and served as Minister of National Defence in 2005-2007.  In 2007, he was elected to the Lower House of the Polish Parliament (the Sejm) from the Civic Platform party.

He was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland on 16th November 2007. 
He is Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs since 1st January 2010.

He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Civic Platform party in October 2010.
Sikorski is the author of several books, including Dust of the Saints, The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland and Strefa Zdekomunizowana [The Commie-Free Zone].

Awards:

  • Odznaka Zasłużony Działacz Kultury (Polish award for the promotion of culture);
  • Gazeta Polska  newspaper ‘Person of the year 2005’;
  • Wiktor 2006 award for ‘most popular politician’;
  • Lithuanian ‘Millenium Star’ medal, 2008;
  • Ukrainian Order of Merit, first class (No. 407), 2009;
  • Maltese National Order of Merit, grade of ‘Companion’, 2009;
  • Gold Badge of the Union of Poles in Lithuania 2010.

Sikorski is married to the American journalist and writer Anne Applebaum, who received the Pulitzer Prize for her book Gulag in 2004.  They have two sons, Alexander and Tadeusz.

In Dust of the Saints (Prochy świętych) Radosław Sikorski gives a fascinating account of a precarious expedition across Afghanistan he undertook in 1987 as a war correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph.

Sikorski, the current Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, writes with journalistic passion about his hundred-days-long experience of travelling through the war-torn country. Equipped with a Kalashnikov rifle, accompanied by friendly mujahedins, Sikorski witnessed air raids, bombings and close combat between the opposing forces.

The book offers readers a unique opportunity to learn about culture, religion and history of a country that continues to be at the center of contemporary military struggles. It also includes more than fifty photographs by Sikorski - among them the image which won the World Press Photo award in 1987.

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In a tell-all interview with a renown Polish journalist Łukasz Warzecha, Radosław Sikorski discusses his political career to date and the four Polish cabinets he was involved with.

Readers learn, among other things, about Lech Wałęsa's failed attempt at making Poland a nuclear-weapon state, about an episode when Sikorski "became" Bronisław Geremek, about the reasons behind Sikorski's disagreement with the Kaczyński brothers, why he decided to leave the Ministry of the Defense, what was at stake in his conflict with Antoni Macierewicz, and why is it that Polish people constantly complain...

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