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The Continued Need for Support to Ukraine: A Conversation with Former President of Poland Lech Walesa

February 8, 2024 • 10:30 – 11:30 am EST

Please join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development to welcome former president of Poland Lech Walesa as he delivers keynote remarks regarding the necessity of continued U.S. support for Ukraine. Following his remarks, President Walesa will participate in a moderated discussion with CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program director Max Bergmann. 

As a young labor leader and pro-democracy activist, Mr. Walesa created the Solidarity (NSZZ, Solidarność’) movement in 1980 which promoted human rights and opposed Communist rule in Poland. Solidarity’s non-violent, principled approach to protesting earned Mr. Walesa the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983. By 1989, Solidarity became the driving force behind a peaceful transition to democracy in Poland and the template democratic leaders in nearby nations needed to finally end Soviet Russia’s control of Eastern Europe. His prominent role as a catalyst for these historic developments in Poland and across Europe led to his election as the first president of a newly democratic Poland in 1990.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Contact Information

Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa

President of Poland (1990-1995)
Max Bergmann
Director, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and Stuart Center