Dr. Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador from Poland to the United States, visited our campus this Thursday and gave an informative presentation on how energy security issues continue to affect Poland and the wider region of Central and Eastern Europe. A prolific literary scholar and intellectual historian with a Ph.D. from the University of Silesia, Ambassador Wilczeck has authored and edited twenty-two published monographs and more than one-hundred journal articles. He demonstrated unique understanding and expert knowledge as he discussed the issue of energy security with all its geopolitical implications.

Ambassador Wilczeck articulated Poland’s concerns about the “monopolistic practices of Russia” from whom Poland derives eighty percent of its energy supply. He articulated the importance that the Polish government gives to the words of President Trump as he pledges cooperation and especially energy cooperation. Covering recent developments such as Nord Stream 2 and the Three Seas Initiative, Wilczeck concluded that Poland must maintain its energy dependence and avoid long-term volume contracts with Russia by continuing to diversify its energy supply with liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States and with investment in other long-term energy solutions.

Upon the conclusion of his planned remarks, Ambassador Wilczeck graciously responded to questions from the audience. Wilczech gave a detailed response to questions concerning Poland’s new anti-defamation law. After the event, DMGS students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to network with Ambassador Wilczek  and other campus visitors at a special luncheon with sandwiches and other food provided courteous of DMGS.