Pawel Kowal is a Polish politician, political scientist and historian. Currently a professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences and a former member of the Polish Parliament, he was a secretary of state in Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2007), a member of Poland’s National Security Council, and served in the European Parliament during its seventh term.
He headed the European Union delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and chaired the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. A co-creator of the Warsaw Rising Museum, Poland’s most frequently visited, he has authored numerous publications on the transformation processes in the former Soviet bloc.
He also serves on the boards of the bi-monthly New Eastern Europe, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe (Kolegium Europy Wschodniej) in Wroclaw.