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About me

Radosław (Radek) Sikorski is a Member of the European Parliament for his native Kuyavian-Pomeranian region. Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE), he also chairs the Delegation for relations with the United States.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Formerly, he served as Poland’s Minister of Defense (2005-2007), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2014) and Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland (2014-2015).

Between 1986 and 1989 Sikorski was a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola. Winner of the World Press Photo award in the category of reportage photos. In 2002-2005, he was a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, as well as the executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative.

Together with Carl Bildt, he initiated the EU’s Eastern Partnership. He also proposed  establishing the European Endowment for Democracy and the Solidarity Prize. In 2014, at the height of mass protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, he led the EU mission to Kiev, which stopped the bloodshed on the Maidan.

In 2012 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers “for telling the truth, even when it’s not diplomatic.”

Sikorski is the author of several books, including Dust of the Saints: A Journey to Herat in Time of War, The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland, Communism-Free Zone. An Interview, and Poland Can Be Better. Behind the Scenes of Polish Diplomacy.

A graduate of No. 1 High School in Bydgoszcz and the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, he also holds a Honorary Doctorate from Nova University, Lisbon.

Married to a writer and journalist, Anne Applebaum, he is a father of two sons. Passionate about history, in late 1980s Sikorski and his parents bought ruins of an old manor house on the Noteć riverbank, which the family renovated over two decades. Sikorski spends his free time cycling, canoeing and – in the winter – cross-country skiing.