Jan Karski Program for Young Georgian Leaders 2023

With the financial support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Tbilisi, and in cooperation with Coimbra Group, the Foreign Policy Council starts another edition of the Jan Karski Program for Young Georgian Leaders 2023.

The overarching goal of our initiative is to raise awareness among the most active Georgian citizens about the new geopolitical reality context since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

Leading Georgian and international experts will give lectures and supervise working seminars about the current challenges that Georgia and Central and Eastern Europe face and the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns.

We invite young Georgian leaders— students, NGO representatives, and young journalists (18-25 years old)—to apply for our teaching program, which will be implemented from April 27, 2023, to June 15, 2023.

Send your CV and a short motivation letter (up to 150 words) in English, together with your ID card, to foreignpolicycouncil@aol.com until April 10, 2023.

Lectures and seminars will be held in Georgian and English.

Participants of the Jan Karski Program for Young Georgian Leaders 2023 will receive certificates upon completion of the course.

Jan Karski (24 June 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Polish soldier, resistance fighter, and diplomat during World War II. He is known for having acted as a courier in 1940–1943 to the Polish Government-in-Exile and to Poland’s Western Allies about the situation in German-occupied Poland. He was reporting about the state of Poland, in which there were many competing factions in the resistance, and also about Germany’s destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto and its operation of extermination camps on Polish soil that were murdering Jews, Poles, and others.

After his emigration to the United States after the war, Karski completed a doctorate and taught for decades at Georgetown University in international relations and Polish history. He lived in Washington, D.C., to the end of his life. He did not speak publicly about his mission during the war until 1981, when he was invited as a speaker to a conference on the liberation of the camps. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Karski was awarded high honors by the new Polish government, as well as being honored in the US and other European nations for his wartime role.

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