Sławomir Dębski – born 1971. Ph.D. (Hist). Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs since February 2016. He previously held this position from 2007 to 2010. He has been affiliated with the Institute for ten years (2000 – 2010) as a Russian foreign policy analyst (2000 – 2001), coordinator of the Eastern Europe research program (2001 – 2002), head of the Research Office (2002 – 2007), deputy director and acting director. Between 2011 and 2016, he was Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. He was also lecturer at the Institute of History of the University of Warsaw (2010 – 2014). Editor-in-Chief of the “Polski Przegląd Dyplomatyczny” [Polish Diplomatic Review] and the Russian Language Quarterly “Europe”.
Dr. Dębski received his Ph.D. in history from the Jagiellonian University in 2002. He holds two master's degrees from the Jagiellonian University (1995) and Central European University (Budapest, 1993). He is an author of the study on Soviet-German Relations 1939-1941 (Published in 2003), which was awarded the title of: “Historical Book of the Year” by the Society of History Book Publishers and “Author of Historical Book of the Year” by the quarterly “Przegląd Wschodni” (the Eastern Review) in 2004.
His key areas of expertise include Polish foreign policy, external policy of the EU, Russian foreign policy, German-Russian relations, NATO and global security, and the history of diplomacy.