Our Institute was established in 2000 under the name “Institute of European Integration”. It was founded in response to Poland’s progressive integration and alignment with EU’s structures. This process entailed the need to take action in order to introduce foreign policy concepts that would serve the best interests of the Polish nation in the pre-accession period, thus contributing to Poland’s thorough preparedness for EU membership.
As a result of an unprecedented enlargement, first in 2004 and then in 2007, the EU gained 12 new members from Central and Eastern Europe, but at the same time was confronted with a wide range of new challenges – institutional, economic, international, and social. Meanwhile in Poland, it quickly became apparent that EU legislation and institutions would not resolve all the country’s pressing problems. Setting itself new goals, the Institute was renamed the Kosciuszko Institute, expanding its research activity to foster the effectiveness of Poland’s policy at the EU level and the robustness of the transatlantic alliance. Our think tank expert activity concentrated predominantly on issues associated with energy and economic security. Our Institute also launched multiple initiatives supporting the rule of law and propagating democratic values.
Over a span of the next decade, growing geopolitical tensions, the Ukrainian conflict, and the emergence of new hybrid threats compelled the entire international community to redefine its classic approach to security. Being acutely aware of the consequences brought about by the dynamic development of new technologies and the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution correlating with the strategic areas of the functioning of states and societies, our Institute saw the need to provide solutions aimed to build the European cybersecurity system, with Poland spearheading the initiative and thus capitalizing on its immense potential. Our projects which recognized challenges for the security of borders posed by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the war in Syria, and the immigration crisis also began to gain ground.
Watching closely the dynamics of the ongoing events and analysing substantive presumptions, our fellows attempt to flag up potential threats as early as possible. In over 15 years of its functioning, the Kosciuszko Institute has made a great effort to support the realisation of Polish national interests and built our country’s strong position in the international arena, but also increase the role of non-governmental organisations in the public domain. Our conviction that the active participation of hubs encouraging independent thought is a pillar of mature democracy makes us strongly believe in our mission activity and motivate us to further work in order to strengthen our position among the top-tier European expert think tanks.