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The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Strategic Studies invites you to a talk by Professor Jakub Zajączkowski and Ambassador of Poland to India Tomasz Lukaszuk. After the fall of communism in1989, Poland initially focused on membership of NATO (1999) and the EU (2004). But the year of joining the EU coincided with a new approach towards the region neglected during the first years of the 3rd Polish Republic—embodied in a white paper on strategy for the Asia-Pacific. Poland now regards the Asia-Pacific as the most important region in its non-EU and NATO foreign relations.
The talk will cover Poland's policies towards Asia-Pacific countries, its role in EU relations with Asia-Pacific and also the future prospects and issues that the region presents such as the current Korean Peninsula situation.
Professor Jakub Zajączkowski is Director of the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw. He also chairs the Centre for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Calcutta and Manipal University. He is a member of the research board of the European University Center at Peking University and of the Europe-China Academic Network.
Tomasz Lukaszuk worked in the Polish Foreign Service for 25 years, including as Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste and most recently as Ambassador to India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. His experience in diplomacy includes service as a deputy director and then a director of the Asia and the Pacific Department of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has supported Polish universities and think tanks in developing their contacts and links with Asian partners. He has represented Poland at various conferences on Afghanistan, the Afghanistan-Pakistan International Contact Group and ASEM.
The event is free of charge. It will last from 5:30-6:30pm.
Rutherford House, 23 Lampton Quay
Victoria University, Pipitea Campus