Participating Members

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

President of Poland
(1995- 2005)

Already highly politically active during the communist regime, Aleksander Kwasniewski participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland and the whole Central and Eastern Europe from communism to democracy in the 1980s.

Co-founder and first chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland (SdRP) he won the Polish presidential elections in December 1995, defeating incumbent Lech Walesa. One of Mr. Kwasniewski’s first great achievements was to bring about a new democratic Constitution in Poland, which became effective in July 1997. Highly popular in his country, he was re-elected in 2000 for a second and final five-year term.

During his Presidency, he played a key role in the reconciliation between the Poles and the German, the Jewish and the Ukrainian people. He further inspired the international mediation efforts during the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, helping the young democracy to prevail. Finally, he also was a strong advocate of EU and NATO integration, and made Poland join both institutions during his tenure.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, member of the Bilderberg Group, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Amicus Europae Foundation in Warsaw, International Centre for Political Studies in Kiev, Head of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation and Head of the Board of Yalta European Strategy.

Mr. Kwaśniewski Membership will be ratified at the Xth General Asembly of the Club de Madrid on November 8.

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