Eugeniusz Smolar is a member of New Eastern Europe’s editorial board. He cooperates with the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw. Under socialist Poland he was a member of the opposition movement (imprisoned in 1968/1969). He emigrated from Poland in 1970 and was involved in creating and publishing a political quarterly, Aneks. He was involved in organising aid for the Polish opposition and the Solidarność movement, and he was also a journalist and later the director of the BBC’s Polish Section. After returning to Poland in 1997 he became a member of the board of Polish Radio. Between 2005 to 2009 he was the President of the Centre of International Relations in Warsaw.