Professor Rotfeld will draw upon the lessons learned from this process of historical reconciliation between Poland and Russia to show how it can be useful for other European countries with strained historical relationships. He will argue that the reconciliation process will be essential to establishing a new and effective Euro-Atlantic Security Community built on understanding, trust, and cooperation. Lessons from the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters show that overcoming historical grievances requires a broad-based, comprehensive, multilevel process, which should transcend official political and diplomatic efforts and engage many different sectors of society in dialogue.
Adam Daniel Rotfeld is professor of humanities at Warsaw University and was the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs from January-October 2005. He has been the Polish Co-Chairman of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters since it was established in 2008.
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