Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies

The Institute (earlier: International Center for Development of Democracy) was founded in 1993 by the Jagiellonian University and Economic Academy in Krakow, Poland. The Institute has now established itself as an expert institution, which cooperates with a number of centers, involved in international affairs and security issues, from home and abroad.

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Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies
4 Mikolajska St.,
31-027 Krakow, Poland
tel./fax: +48 12 421 62 50
NIP(Tax Identification Number): 676-01-02-235
Account number - IBAN: PL39 1160 2202 0000 0000 8399 3760
Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: from 8.30 am to 16.30 pm facbook


  • 2015-05-13

    22nd May, Krakow - the XXIII international security conference entitled "NATO-Russia".

    22nd May, Krakow - the XXIII international security conference entitled "NATO-Russia". The conference is organized by the Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies in cooperation with the NATO Headquarters, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Poland and the Polish Institute of International Affairs.
    The invitation to participate in the debate accepted, inter alia: James Appathurai -Deputy Assistant NATO’s Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Elmar Brok - Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sten Tolgfors - former Minister of Defence of Sweden and Adam Daniel Rotfeld - former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
    This year's conference theme concerns the new shape of relations between the West and Russia. The annexation of Crimea devastated the fragile trust which Alliance members vested in Russia. Currently, NATO faces the challenge of a thorough revision of the existing relationship. The priority should be to strengthen the potential of deterrence and defense of countries bordering the Russian Federation. The open Ukrainian-Russian conflict and not abiding subsequent Minsk Protocols make the repetition of the situation from 2008-2010 seem unlikely, when shortly after the Georgian conflict calls to create a "new quality" in their mutual relations appeared. NATO members face a difficult task of re-determining their short and long-term policy towards Russia.
    The conference will be divided into two panels:
    I. Are we facing the threat of a new Cold War between the West and Russia?
    II. NATO’s deterrence posture – sufficient guarantee of security?

    Admission is free. We provide translation into Polish and English. Entries will be accepted until 21st May 2015. download programme

  • 2014-04-19

    Report Conference

    XXI International Conference Defence Matters - the new challenges of security policy of NATO and the EU, held on April 4th in Krakow. During the Conference was underlined three key security issue for NATO and EU, namely The challenges of NATO after the 2014 Summit, The new challenges for the defence industry between consolidation and competition, and lastly Common Security and Defense Policy of the EU after the 2013 Summit... read more

  • 2014-03-21

    Defence Matters - new challenges of the NATO & EU security policy XXI international conference on Euroatlantic Security

    Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies
    in cooperation with

    NATO Headquarters,
    The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and
    The Polish Institute of International Affairs
    is pleased to invite you to:

    Defence Matters
    - new challenges of the NATO & EU security policy
    XXI international conference on Euroatlantic Security

    4 th April 2014, 10:00 a.m., Krakow, Poland,
    International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25

    Please, find the meeting agenda attached.
    We provide translation.
    Admission is free. We would be grateful if you could confirm your coming.
    Tel.: (012) 421 62 50


  • 2013-05-13

    "VI Forum on Euroatlantic Security. NATO after ISAF. Collective defence or expedition missions, operations, partners and transformation". Krakow, 10 May 2013.

    The VI Forum on Euroatlantic Security entitled NATO after ISAF. Collective defense or expedition missions, operations, partners and transformation. was divided into two panels. Both of them conducted dr. habil. Artur Gruszczak from Institute of Political Science and International Relations of the Jagiellonian University.

    First part was concerned whether NATO should focus on collective defence or expedition missions. Introductory speech delivered gen. prof. Stanislaw Koziej, Head of the National Security Bureau. He claimed, that both expedition missions and collective defence are main objectives and NATO should fulfill them. Besides, he mentioned that Alliance first of all should protect member states because only societies with a sense of security can engage in international military actions.

    After him spoke Bogdan Klich, senator of the Republic of Poland. He admitted, that it is necessary to continue cooperation to build common defence within Alliance and prepare to expedition missions beyond the treaty territory. Moreover he recalled, that among member states exist difference interests which can weaken effectiveness of the NATO. Additionally he stressed that both academics and public opinion incorrectly perceive experience from expedition mission as useless for defence their own countries. In the end he emphasized importance of the alliance between United States and Europe. ...

  • 2013-01-10

    20th Anniversary of the Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies "Poland and the world in the XXI century"

    On the 8th of December the Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies organized a Gala to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The international conference entitled "Poland and the World in XXI Century" took place in Słowacki Theater in Krakow, it was organized in cooperation with the Office of the Marshal of Małopolska, University of Economics in Krakow and Jagiellonian University. The conference was attended by diplomats accredited in Poland, representatives of national and international media and people interested in international policies and economic changes taking place in the last twenty years in our country.

    The conference began with a presentation of a short film presenting the achievements of Institute for Strategic Studies during last 20 years. In the next point of the ceremony, the President of the Board of the Institute – Anna Szymańska -Klich read the letters from the President of Poland, from the Head of Polish Catholic Church, from the Marshal of Polish Parliament, Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen and from professor Zbigniew Brzeziński.

    The next speaker was the President of Estonia – Toomas Hendrik Ilves. He said, that Poland is a country that could be a leader in the European Union and NATO. Dirk Brengelmann – Deputy of Secretary General of NATO had the next speech. The first session of the Gala was focused on political issues, we talked about how we used to think about Polish democracy at the beginning of our activity and we confronted this vision with reality of 2012. We also considered the challenges standing in front of our country. This session was moderated by Janina Paradowska – journalist from Polityka. The discussion was attended by Aleksander Kwaśniewski – former Polish President, Jerzy Buzek – former Polish Prime Minister and former President of the European Parliament and Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz – former Polish Prime Minister. After the end of the first part of conference, the speaker was Mikheil Saakashvili – the President of Georgia. His speech was about political and economic situation in Georgia and about foreign policy of this country.

    The second part of the debate – "The Polish Economy" was devoted to economic issues. We discussed about the changes in Polish economy over the last 20 years. We verified our view on the conditions of running private business in Poland 20 years ago and now. This session was moderated by Michał Kobosko – the editor form Wprost. The discussion was attended by Zbigniew Niemczycki – the President of Polish Business Roundtable, Andrzej Klesyk – the President of the Board of PZU SA, Henryka Bochniarz - the President of Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan, professor Andrzej Wojtyna from the University of Economics in Krakow.

    The Gala was an important event for the Institute for Strategic Studies. It was a moment to summarize the activities of Institute and to discuss about the changes that have taken place in Poland and in the world during the last twenty years.

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  • 2012-10-08

    The debate about the role of women in process of transformation in Afghanistan

    The Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies in cooperation with the USA Embassy in Poland, the Konrad Adenauer`s Foundation and the Civic League Ukraine – NATO is honored to invite you to a conference:
    which will take place on the 19th of October, 2012 in the Hotel Andel`s in Cracow.
    The participation in the event is free of charge.
    Simultaneous translation into Polish, English and Ukrainian will be provided by the organizers.
    We would be very grateful if you could confirm your presence during the event. Please contact the number +48 12 4216250 or send an email message: till the 17th of October, 2012.


  • 2012-09-22

    The debate about the role of women in process of transformation in Afghanistan

    On Monday, 18 September 2012 in the headquarters of the Institute of Strategic Studies the debate dedicated to the role of women in process of transformation in Afghanistan took a place. The organizers of the meeting were Foundation ISS and U.S. Consulate in Krakow, which was represented by Ellen Germain, Consul General of the USA in Krakow. The honorable guests was group of Afghan activists, who come to Poland on account of the invitation for IV Women's Congress (which took place in Warsaw from 14 to 15 September 2012): Shukria Azadmanesh researcher with Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unity, Malina Fahiz, Director of Afghan Women Education Network, Masuma Ibrahimi, Director of Afghan Cultural House, Nija Anwari, Project Menager of the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, Husna Mohammadi. The main issues discussed by the guests was connected with the tasks, which will appear in front of Afghan women because of political changes in the country and help from other nations. The meeting turned out the great opportunity to exchange the views and to make new connections between the participants of conference.

  • 2012-08-01

    The debate dedicated to National Program of Road transport Security

    On the 8th of August 2012 in Krakow Institute for Strategic Studies organized debate named “The National Program of the Road Transport Security”. The participants of conference were: Sławomir Nowak, the Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy and Tadeusz Syryjczyk, the previous Minister from 1998 to 2000.
    The Minister Nowak presented the main issues of the National Program of the Improvement Road Transport Security. He mentioned that the changes in the Program had been caused by inauspicious statistics: 100 people killed by road accidents per 1 mln inhabitant in one year. – In the Ministry of the Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy we work on the National Program of the Improvement Road Transport Security, which is based on the rule ESRE (Engineering, Supervision, Rescue and Education). All this issues are very important to achieve our main aim - reduction of the victims in the roads accidents to maximum 2000 people per year, what is 50% of number of victims in 2010 – said Ministry.


  • 2012-06-27

    The debate dedicated to decisions of the last NATO Summit in Chicago

    On the 6th of June 2012, the Institute for Strategic Studies in cooperation with the Jagiellonian University organized a debate called “The International Security after the NATO Chicago Summit” referred to decisions of the last NATO Summit in Chicago and the consequences of them for the Polish foreign policy.

  • 2012-05-16

    The project “The Righteous and their world”

    The Institute for Strategic Studies is realizing the project “The Righteous and their world”, which is directed to the students of the secondary schools of Małopolska Province. The main aim of this project is to acquaint young people with the figures of polish inhabitants honored by the title of the Righteous among the Nations. By history of their life, students learn about the positive models of behavior and the values which are worth to care about.

  • 2012-03-10

    The international conference „Not enough to be a woman”

    On the 1 of March 2012 in the International Cultural Centre in Cracow took place an international conference named “ Not enough to be a woman”. This event was organized by the Institute for Strategic Studies and Institut Francais Cracovie in cooperation with Consulate General of the United States in Cracow, Geothe’s Institute and Istituto Italiano di Cultura "EUNIC" Cracow Cluster. The meeting was financial supported by the International Group MAZARS, BOSCH and Malopolska Regional Development Agency.

  • 2012-03-09

    The study visit

    From the 19 of March to 24 of March 2012, the guest of the Institute for Strategic Studies was the group of 15 representatives of the non governmental organizations from Ukraine, which are working on the field of the national defense and security (NGO, research institutes), and representatives of government and local government administration.

  • 2012-02-25

    The relation from V Forum on Euro – Atlantic Security

    On the 9th of February 2012, V Forum on Euro – Atlantic Security took place in Grand Hotel in Cracow. It was next conferenceorganized by the Institute for Strategic Studies. This year the debate was realized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Fundation and the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.



The Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies has several programs, through which research and other related projects are organized. These have included events such as international conferences, expert seminars, public debates, workshops, and others:



  • The Book of the Righteous Among the Nations

    “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.”
    Among the nearly 22,000 Righteous who have been honored by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for saving Jews during World War II, more than 6,000 are Polish. In this volume, you will find biographies of those who have been honored since 2000.

  • Małopolska: Rich in Culture, Traces of Jewish History and Culture

    Marta Duch, Mateusz Dyngosz
    After only a half a century – the birth of two generations – a journey into the past Jewish world of Małopolska turns up tangible relics for an intellectual “archeological expedition.” Yet, the whole of Małopolska, its historical and present administrative borders, was saturated with what has been called a crossroads of cultures. Małopolska has never been a “Little Poland,” but rather a “Little Europe.”

  • Contemporary Polish-Ukrainian Relations

    Piotr Kuspys
    The author depicts the positive trends in the balance of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Poland from 1991 to 2008, without avoiding difficult or controversial topics. On December 2, 1991, Poland was the first country in the world to officially recognize the sovereignty of Ukraine.

  • UN Against International Terrorism

    Marcin Marcinko
    This publication contains a detailed analysis of a number of projects, initiatives, plans, and programs undertaken and prepared by various bodies and United Nations agencies in the fight against terrorism. It uses 60 years of UN experience to show the reader the structural basis for the role that the UN plays in preventing and combating terrorism and defines the nature of this fight.

  • Under the Cover of Night: Memories from 1939-1945

    Sonia i Abram Hurman
    This book is based on interviews between Israeli novelist Halina Birenbaum and Auschwitz survivors Sonia and Abram Hurman. The prelude to this story is a summary of the fate of Sonia, Abram, and their families before the war and in the first few months after its beginning