The Polish Institute of International Affairs

PISM (Poland)

The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is a leading Central European think tank and independent expert public research institution that carries out the mission of promoting Polish foreign policy and exploring international relations. Positioning itself between the world of politics and independent analysis, PISM provides analytical support to Polish decision-makers and diplomats, initiates public debate and disseminates expert knowledge about contemporary international relations. The Institute carries out its own research, cooperates on international research projects, prepares reports and analyses and collaborates with institutions with a similar profile in many countries.
PISM International Security Programme’s area of expertise includes analysis of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (with a special emphasis on nuclear weapons), the operation of nonproliferation regimes, missile defence, disarmament and the activities of NATO and the EU in these areas. Apart from membership in the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium network, PISM’s collaborative efforts in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament include a partnership with the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (ELN).

Contact information

Polski Instytut Spraw Miedzynarodowych - PISM

1a Warecka Street,
P.O. Box 1010,
00-950 Warsaw

Tel: +48 (22) 556 80 00
Fax: +48 (22) 556 80 99

The team

Jacek Durkalec - Analyst, contact person for
PISM Non-proliferation research
Tel: +48 22 556 80 00 - Fax: +48 22 556 80 99


Jacek Durkalec has been an analyst in the International Security programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) since July 2010. He specializes in nuclear and conventional arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation issues. Mr. Durkalec has published articles and analyses and has participated in several seminars on subjects related to this field. Before joining PISM, he was a specialist at the Missile Defence Office at the Polish Ministry of National Defence from February 2009 to June 2010. His work experience also includes an internship from July to September 2008 at the Strategic Planning Unit within the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Mr. Durkalec earned an M.A. in International Relations from Jagiellonian University in Kraków and was graduated in December 2008. During his studies, from April to September 2007, he participated in the Erasmus exchange programme at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Bremen.


  • Nuclear and conventional arms control
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Missile defence
  • WMD proliferation

Beata Górka-Winter - Programme Coordinator
on International Security
Tel: +48 22 556 80 00 - Fax: +48 22 556 80 99


Beata Górka-Winter is a research fellow and programme coordinator at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), where she is responsible for the programme dealing with international security. Ms. Górka-Winter has authored or co-authored numerous publications concerning different aspects of Polish security policy, NATO, Common European Security and Defence Policy, missile defence, security sector reform and other similar issues. She also is a visiting lecturer at the PISM Diplomatic Academy, the National School of Public Administration (KSAP) and the European Security and Defence College. The latest books to which she has contributed include N. Hynek, P. Morton (ed.), Statebuilding in Afghanistan. Multinational Contributions to Reconstruction,  Routledge 2011, (“From Followers to Leaders as ‘Coalition Servants’: The Polish Engagement in Afghanistan”); and, Yearbook of Polish Foreign Policy 2010 (“Poland’s participation in the ISAF: Mission (not yet) accomplished”). Ms. Górka-Winter is a graduate in international relations of the Warsaw University, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science and the National Security Faculty. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Women in International Security association at Georgetown University.


  • Missile Defence
  • Polish security policy
  • Security sector reform
  • Peace support operations

Ph.D Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski - Senior Analyst
International Security Programme
Tel: +48 22 556 80 00 - Fax: +48 22 556 80 99


Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski is a senior analyst at the Research Office of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and is responsible for analysis of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Gulf region. Mr. Piotrowski has authored or co-authored numerous publications about different aspects of Polish and Russian security policies, NATO, Central Asia and the Middle East.  During the period 1999–2011, he was in the Polish Diplomatic Service, first at the Department of Strategy and Policy Planning of the MFA and later at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C. Between 2009 and 2011, he was the Polish Liaison Officer to the Office of the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and to the International Contact Group for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mr. Piotrowski was granted a Ph.D. (2005) and an M.A. (1998) in international relations as well as an M.A. (1999) in the social and political sciences from the Warsaw University, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science . He also is a graduate of the Warsaw University, National Security Faculty.


  • Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Gulf region, including Yemen and Iran 
  • Transnational threats from the “Greater Middle East” (terrorism, narco-business, WMD proliferation)
  • Theory, doctrines and practice of Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Terrorism and Special Forces

Ph.D Marcin Zaborowski - Director
Tel: +48 22 556 80 00 - Fax: +48 22 556 80 99


Marcin Zaborowski has been the Director of the Polish Institute for International Affairs since July 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Zaborowski directed the transatlantic programme at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris, where he dealt with transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, EU Common Security and Defence Policy and EU Enlargement. He was formerly Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Birmingham and Aston University in the UK.


  • Transatlantic relations and European security (NATO, EU)
  • Central Europe