O The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.
Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.
GMF’s Warsaw office, established in May 2011, serves as a forum and source of ideas for strengthening transatlantic cooperation, with particular focus on issues critical to Poland, Baltic States, and Central and Eastern Europe more broadly.
The work of the office, led by Michał Baranowski, focuses on three main policy areas:
- Transatlantic security and defense policy,
- Energy security policy,
- Democracy in EU’s Eastern Partnership countries.
GMF has a long history of engagement with Poland, including grants to Polish organizations since 1990 and the participation of many distinguished Poles in GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program and other programming such as Brussels Forum.