Polish Institute of International Affairs

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The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM, Polish: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych) in Warsaw is a Polish think tank which carries out research and training in international relations. In this field, it ranks as one of the most influential think tanks not just in Central and Eastern Europe but in the European Union as a whole.[1]

History of PISM[edit]

PISM was established by the Parliament of the Republic of Poland in 1947.[2] In 1972, the institute gained the right to confer doctoral degrees, of which the first recipient was Jerzy Robert Nowak. In 1993, the institute was closed and an “Office of International Studies - Institute of International Affairs” was created under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1996 the institute was reactivated, this time under the name Polish Institute of International Affairs. PISM is funded principally from the Polish state budget and it works closely with the Polish foreign and defense ministries.

Activities of PISM[edit]

With a permanent research staff of thirty-five, PISM is prolific in the fields of European and European Union affairs, European Neighbourhood Policy with a particular emphasis on Ukraine, EU security policy, arms control and energy. The institute has produced notable reports not least on the question of missile defense,[3] British efforts to renegotiate the EU treaties[4] and the future of the EU,[5] as well as being part of the international drafting committee for projects on a Euro-Atlantic/Eurasian Security Community[6] and a European Global Strategy.[7] PISM is one of the twenty-six members of the global Council of Councils, the think-tank counterpart to the G-20 major economies.[8] Besides its core tasks of research and analysis, PISM organizes regular discussions with international dignitaries and has played host to personalities such as Henry Kissinger as well as then US presidential candidate Mitt Romney.[9]



  1. ^ McGann, James G. (2014) 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index, Report, University of Pennsylvania
  2. ^ Sołtysiak, Grzegorz (2008) Historia Polskiego Instytutu Spraw Międzynarodowych w latach 1947-1993 - pierwsze przybliżenie, Polski Przegląd Dyplomatyczny, nr 2, s. 93-124.
  3. ^ Piotrowski, Marcin (ed.) (2013) Regional Approaches to the Role of Missile Defence, PISM Report
  4. ^ Gostynska, Agata et al. (2013) The Renegotiation Delusion, PISM Report
  5. ^ Parkes,Roderick (ed.) (2014) Is this the Future of Europe? PISM Report
  6. ^ Kulesa, Lukasz et al. (2011) Towards a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Security Community, Report prepared for the ministers of foreign affairs of France, Germany, Poland and the Russian Federation
  7. ^ Fagersten, Bjorn et al.(2013) Towards a European Global Strategy, Report prepared for the foreign ministers of Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden
  8. ^ Council of Foreign Relations, Member Roster - Council of Councils
  9. ^ PISM website, Public Speech by Mitt Romney in Warsaw

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