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Home > Events > Conferences > PISM Debate and Presentation of Volumes of Polish Diplomatic Documents

PISM Debate and Presentation of Volumes of Polish Diplomatic Documents

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08 January 2018

On January 8, 2018, the Polish Institute of International Affairs held a panel discussion entitled "An Independent Polish State should be erected ..." - reflections on the centenary of President Wilson's peace plan, combined with the presentation of the following volumes: Polish Diplomatic Documents (Polskie Dokumenty Dyplomatyczne) 1919 and English-language Polish Documents on Foreign Policy 1918-1919. Members of the panel discussion included Prof. Marek Kornat from the Department of History of Diplomacy and Totalitarian Systems at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Dr Bogusław Winid from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Piotr Długołęcki - Secretary of the Editorial Committee of the "Polish Diplomatic Documents" series and Sławomir Dębski - Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs. The discussion between the experts was led by editor Agata Kasprolewicz - Chief Editorial Office on International Issues at the Polish Radio. The introductory speech on the latest volumes of the "Polish Diplomatic Documents" was given by deputy director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Krzysztof Strzałka. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was represented by the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Prof. Jacek Czaputowicz.

The main topic of the discussion was the historic speech of US President Thomas Woodrow Wilson, in which he included a message regarding the need to rebuild the free Polish state after the end of military operations in Europe. The 100th anniversary of the presentation of the so-called Wilson's 14 points were presented by the panelists in the broad context of the political concept for the international order emerging after the First World War. Experts discussed Wilson's connection to the issue of restoring the Polish State onto the map of Europe. They also discussed the consequences of the decisions made at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the political process of creating the diplomatic service of the Second Polish Republic.

Panel participants paid particular attention to the efforts of Ignacy Jan Paderewski to bring the Polish issue to President Wilson’s closest circle of staff. According to interviewees, through the use of his experience in public activity as a composer and musician, Paderewski was able to popularize the prepared message, which affected the policy of the United States towards the idea of political reconstruction of the subjectivity of Poland and Poles.

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