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Radosław Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski is the former Polish minister of foreign affairs. Born and raised in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Mr. Sikorski embarked on his political path in 1981, when he led a student strike committee as part of the Solidarity movement. Afterward, he fled Poland and was granted political asylum in Great Britain, where he graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). He then served as a war reporter in Afghanistan and Angola. In 1988, he was awarded the World Press Photo. Mr. Sikorski returned to his home country in 1989, where he enjoyed a long and successful tenure in the Polish government, starting as a member of parliament and later serving as the minister of defense, the minister of foreign affairs, and the marshal of the Sejm. As the minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Sikorski was the Polish signatory of the Treaty of Lisbon, in 2007, and a key contributor to several international agreements, including the Poland-US missile defense agreement and the accord between the pro-EU opposition and Ukrainian President Yanukovych, in 2013. In 2012, Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 global thinkers for “telling the truth even when it's not diplomatic.”

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