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The drama of the Polish outsider

The Polish psyche is affected by the tragic conflict between what is ours and not ours. This huge dissonance stems from the fact that the outsider is a native: both come from the same country, share a nationality, live among their own people and, at times, inhabit the same person. Hence, Poles’ attitude towards others, to a great extent, arises from their inner struggle with “the outsider within”.
“Pretty. Shame it’s not ours.” This sentence is uttered by one of the characters of Zimna wojna (Cold War), a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. An audience unfamiliar with the intricacies of Polish culture will find it hard to recognise the drama lurking behind these seemingly innocent words. Ours, in this context, is Polish, not ours is part of the Lemko people’s cultural heritage.

January 28, 2020 - Krzysztof Czyżewski

NATO at 70 – cheating death, one threat at a time?

Celebrating 70 years since its inception, many critics have claimed NATO is a relic of the past. Will NATO manage to adapt to the changing environment among its members and outside of it?

April 24, 2019 - Wojciech Michnik

Enver Hoxha’s personality cult lives on in today’s Albania

Albania is changing fast in the 21st century. At the same time a dictator's ghost seems near impossible to get rid of.

October 5, 2018 - Bardhyl Selimi

Brzezinski’s unique view of the world

Interview with Patrick Vaughan, professor at the Jagiellonian University and author of the biography Zbigniew Brzezinski (Świat Książki, Warsaw, 2010).  Interviewer: Adam Reichardt

June 5, 2017 - Patrick Vaughan

NATO Warsaw Summit: Georgia and other unanswered questions

As the Warsaw NATO Summit approaches, the contested notion of Georgia’s membership in NATO does not seem to be receiving much support. However, within the context of current debates on the future of the alliance, it is crucial to discuss how the case of Georgia impacts the alliance, the European integration, as well as the question of who we are and what we represent.

June 13, 2016 - Anna Visvizi

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