Ambassador's Briefing Book 2010
18 November 2010
Ambassador Feinstein joined President Bronislaw Komorowski and Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Walz in unveiling a monument to Tadeusz Kosciuszko at Plac Zelazny Bramy in Warsaw on November 15. The new monument, the first to Kosciuszko in Warsaw, is a replica of the monument to Kosciuszko in Lafayette Park opposite the White House.
Ambassador Feinstein traveled to Washington and New York in early November, where he addressed the Atlantic Council on the subject of transatlantic relations, met with business leaders under the auspices of the Business Council for International Understanding, and attended the annual New York meeting of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, a private Warsaw-based educational foundation, launched with a grant from the United States Congress.
Elaine Monaghan and Ambassador Feinstein hosted the New York Philharmonic at their residence on October 29, following the Orchestra’s performance in Warsaw’s National Philharmonic earlier that night. Joining conductor Alan Gilbert and NY Philharmonic Executive Director Zarin Mehta at the Residence were the winner of the 2010 International Chopin Piano competition Yulianna Avdeeva, who performed with the Philharmonic, and Elżbieta Penderecka, the president of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.
A day earlier, Ambassador Feinstein took part in the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue, launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski last April. The dialogue, led by Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Philip Gordon and Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Jacek Najder, discussed the NATO Summit, goals for Poland’s 2011 EU Presidency, energy security, and other issues.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Ambassador Alexander Vershbow visited Warsaw October 27 for the second annual High-Level Defense Group meeting. Delegation members from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, as well as the Joint Staff and European Command, attended the meeting.
On October 26, Elaine Monaghan hosted Ms. Anne Applebaum, who discussed her career at a meeting of Women Diplomats of Warsaw, which met at the Residence. Elaine and Ambassador Feinstein also took part in meetings on women’s public health with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who visited Warsaw October 25-26.
Ambassador Feinstein hosted representatives of 17 U.S. companies who were in Warsaw October 18 and 19 for the inaugural visit of the U.S.-Poland Business Council, directed by former Commerce Department official, Eric Stewart.
Ambassador Feinstein gave remarks to the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) on October 29 to kick off its two-day conference in Warsaw launching the U.S.-Central Europe Strategy Forum. He addressed law students from Loyola and Nicolaus Copernicus Universities on developments in international law, and discussed Polish-American relations with members of the Young Presidents Organization in Warsaw during the week of October 11.
Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, Admiral James G. Stavridis, NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and Commander of United States European Command, and Ambassador Feinstein took part in the first meeting of the Wrocław Global Forum, October 6-8. The forum, organized by the city of Wrocław, the Atlantic Council, and demosEuropa, with the support of the U.S. embassy, gathered leaders in government, military, business, academia, and the non-governmental sector from the United States, Poland, and throughout Europe for a dialogue on the main issues and challenges in the transatlantic relationship. Ambassador Feinstein and Polish Ambassador to the United States Robert Kupiecki were honorary co-chairs of the Atlantic Council’s Freedom Awards dinner, which honored former Polish President Kwasniewski, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, and Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) of Cuba. That evening, Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz presented Ambassador Feinstein with Wroclaw’s Merit of Honor.
Ambassador Feinstein met with EU and NATO officials and his counterpart U.S. Ambassadors to European countries to discuss security, economic, and other common issues September 29-October 1 in Brussels.
Ambassador Feinstein hosted a lunch on September 29 in honor of a ten-person Afghan delegation visiting Warsaw to discuss local governance. The delegation, headed by Afghan Minister for Administration and Finance Abdul Malik Sediqi and Musa Khan, Governor of Ghazni Province, was sponsored by Foreign Minister Sikorski.
Chief of the Presidential Chancellery Jacek Michałowski co-hosted a lunch at the Ambassador’s residence in honor of a delegation of democracy activists from the Middle East. Newly-named Deputy Foreign Minister Krzysztof Stanowski, responsible for Polish development cooperation and assistance, also took part, as did members of the Polish parliament, civil society representatives, and business leaders. The 11 young democracy activists from Egypt and Jordan visited Poland on a study tour about democracy and freedom of association, organized by Freedom House, an independent U.S. watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world, and its Polish counterpart, the Freedom and Democracy Foundation.
Elaine Monaghan and Ambassador Feinstein hosted a reception September 14 in honor of Polish artists and the exhibit of contemporary Polish art at their residence. The reception was attended by artists and cultural figures from throughout Poland, many of whom contributed to the exhibit. The exhibit features over 20 works of contemporary Polish art, from 1989-2008, including works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Adam Adach, Dayna Bateman, Christian Boltanski, Tomasz Ciecierski, Edward Dwurnik, Leszek Golec, Nicolas Grospierre, Elzbieta Jablonska, John Kannenberg, Kobas Laksa, Joanna Rajkowska, Robert Szczerbowski, Julita Wojcik, and Wlodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski.