Radosław Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski
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Marshal of the Sejm
In office
24 September 2014 – 23 June 2015
PresidentBronisław Komorowski
Preceded byEwa Kopacz
Succeeded byMałgorzata Kidawa-Błońska
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 November 2007 – 22 September 2014
Prime MinisterDonald Tusk
Preceded byAnna Fotyga
Succeeded byGrzegorz Schetyna
Minister of National Defence
In office
31 October 2005 – 7 February 2007
Prime MinisterKazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Jarosław Kaczyński
Preceded byJerzy Szmajdziński
Succeeded byAleksander Szczygło
Personal details
Born
Radosław Tomasz Sikorski

(1963-02-23) 23 February 1963 (age 55)
Bydgoszcz, Poland
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom (1987–2006)
Political partyCivic Platform
Other political
affiliations
Law and Justice (2005–2007)
Spouse(s)
Anne Applebaum (m. 1992)
ChildrenAleksander, Tomasz
Alma materPembroke College, Oxford
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Radosław Sikorski meets U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Radosław Tomasz "Radek" Sikorski ([raˈdɔswaf ɕiˈkɔrskʲi] (About this soundlisten); born 23 February 1963) is a Polish politician and journalist. He was Marshal of the Sejm from 2014 to 2015 and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk's cabinet between 2007 and 2014. He previously served as Deputy Minister of National Defense (1992) in Jan Olszewski's cabinet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2001) in Jerzy Buzek's cabinet and Minister of National Defense (2005–2007) in Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński's cabinets.

Early life and education

Sikorski was born in Bydgoszcz. He chaired the student strike committee in Bydgoszcz in March 1981 while studying at the I Liceum Ogólnokształcące (High School).[1] In June 1981 he travelled to the United Kingdom to study English. After martial law was declared in December 1981, he was granted political asylum in Britain in 1982.[2] He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, where Zbigniew Pełczyński was one of his tutors.[3]

During his time at Oxford, Sikorski was head of the Standing Committee of the debating society, the Oxford Union (where he organised debates on martial law), president of the Oxford University Polish Society, member of the Canning Club,[4] and was elected to the Bullingdon Club, a dining society that counted among its members former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, former Chancellor George Osborne, and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.[5] His articles were published in prestigious Polish émigré magazines – the Paris-based Kultura and Zeszyty Historyczne as well as Britain's Sunday Telegraph and Tatler magazines.[6][7] He graduated in 1986.

In 1987, Sikorski acquired British citizenship, which he renounced in 2006 on becoming Minister of Defense of Poland.[8]

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