February 21, 2018

The Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) at The Catholic University of America will host a prominent Polish dignitary this month, as senior Polish statesman Antoni Macierewicz delivers a lecture on “The Atlantic Alliance and the Future of Europe: Sources of Unity and Division.”

Macierewicz’s lecture will take place in Catholic University’s Father O’Connell Hall, in Heritage Hall at noon on Monday, Feb. 26.

Macierewicz is currently the deputy leader of the Law and Justice Party, the majority party in the Polish Parliament. He previously served as the Polish Defence Minister, the Minister of Internal Affairs, and the head of the Military Counterintelligence Service. An academic and activist, Macierewicz was one of the leaders of Poland’s anti-communist resistance.

During his lecture, Macierewicz will talk about challenges in the Atlantic Alliance, including the current tensions between conservative Eastern European political parties like the Law and Justice Party and the European Union. His talk will be followed by a brief discussion with politics professor Claes Ryn, the founding director of CSS; and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington.

“The Atlantic Alliance is being buffeted by a number of political and cultural cross currents,” said William S. Smith, research fellow and managing director of the Center for Statesmanship. “Minister Macierewicz will provide an interesting perspective on these challenges and how the Alliance might move forward.”

The Center for the Study of Statesmanship, which is affiliated with Catholic University’s Institute for Human Ecology, was founded in spring 2017 to promote research, teaching, and public discussion about the meaning of statesmanship and how it can defuse conflict and foster respectful foreign and domestic relations.

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