Pamela Quanrud and Artur Orzechowski from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Pamela Quanrud and Artur Orzechowski from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Today we had the pleasure of hosting 18 students from Dickinson College who are on their year abroad at the Nilsson Center for European Studies in Bologna, under the guidance of Professor Douglas Stuart.  We’re always excited to see Americans wanting to learn more about Poland, so when we found out from Jerzy Bystr0wski at the Copernicus Foundation that they would be coming through Warsaw as part of their program, we invited them inside our Embassy to find out what it’s like for us to work as diplomats in Poland. 

Our legal attache (and Dickinson College alumnus!) Jay Bienkowski helped greet the students and talk about the cooperation that our Federal Bureau of Investigation has with the Polish authorities.  Then, Ambassador Ashe himself visited to talk about the 90th anniversary of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations and the major events that have shaped Poland’s history since 1919.  We were then treated to a discussion between our deputy chief of mission, Pamela Quanrud, and Artur Orzechowski, director of the Americas Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Their conversation really underscored the continued strength of our bilateral relations, and also hit on some exciting new topics, such as our cooperation on climate change. 

Their presentation was followed by a briefer by our economic counselor, Michael Sessums, our Air Attache, Col. Mary Peterson, and the chief of our Office of Defense Cooperation, Col. Tim Burke.  (Side note: if you want to check out the video that Mary didn’t have time to show, you can find it here.)  It was a fascinating look inside the workings of a U.S. Embassy and a chance for all of us to share the pleasure of working with such a close U.S. ally as Poland. 

Check out the rest of the photos here.  If you’ve got a group of students — Polish or American — coming to Warsaw, and would like to find out whether we can do a similar program for you, please contact Malgorzata Dzielak (dzielakmd at state dot gov).  We’d love to welcome you!