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10th Annual Zdzislaw Zakrzewski Kosciuszko Chair Conference

Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to the

10th Annual Zdzisław Zakrzewski Kościuszko Chair Conference

Saturday, November 4
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

This event is sponsored by the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies and the Center for Intermarium Studies.




Speakers and topics:

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Introduction – Bicentenary of Gen. Thaddeus Kościuszko’s death

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Ph.D., the Head of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics


1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Is Russia at War with the U.S.?

Russia’s road to dictatorship and terror under Yeltsin and Putin and how it led to Russia’s interference in U.S. internal affairs. The author will also discuss the significance of this interference and how the U.S. should react.

Mr. David Satter is affiliated with the Hudson Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has written four books about Russia and the Soviet Union, including The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship, which was released in September in paperback.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Russian active measures in cyberspace and their implications for the international community

Technological advancement of 21st century gave Russia a new perspective and capabilities to project its power within the sphere of foreign relations and cyberspace. This presentation reviews the way in which active measures were deployed in the past and how they are applied in the digital context at present.

Mr. Piotr Trąbiński is a law graduate from the University of Warsaw with extensive experience in international banking. Presently he works for the IMF and is an MA candidate at IWP.


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm



3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth – The United States before The United States?

In many respects, The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth resembled the United States of America, albeit in the pre-modern era. The aim of this lecture is to present the similarities between the two political entities, pointing to analogies between the two systems of government and the thoughts and attitudes that spawned them.

Mrs. Maria Juczewska is an Associate Director of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics. She is a communication specialist with international experience. Her main research interests are topics related to Central and Eastern European affairs with focus on propaganda and disinformation. She also writes journalistic reports for American NGOs’ portals.


4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Forced migrations in Poland after 1944

Mass migrations, which began in the Polish lands already in 1944, lasted until the end of the 50s. Their effect was the displacement of a dozen or so millions of people into unfamiliar, alien lands. The lecture will show the diary of migrants of those times from the corpus of over one thousand works, digitized and subjected to qualitative analysis.

Professor Jakub Isanski is a sociologist working at the Faculty of Social Sciences at one of the biggest Polish universities: the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. He specializes in issues related to migrations and its social consequences. Among his published papers are the results of field research on contemporary Polish migration.


4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

To shoot the Poles: US premiere of the documentary on the Anti-Polish Operation of NKVD

This is the first documentary about the Anti-Polish Operation of NKVD in the years 1937-38. The operation was a planned genocide of the Poles living in USSR shortly before the start of World War II. Organized extermination of 200,000 Poles has remained a secret for decades — until recently…

Dr. Tomasz Sommer is a Polish writer, journalist, publisher, and Editor-in-chief of weekly magazine Najwyzszy CZAS. He is one of the foremost Polish experts focusing on the Polish aspects of Stalinism, in particular the Polish Operation of NKVD. He is an author of three books and a number of scholarly articles on the subject.