The Warsaw Security Forum 2016 proudly announces institutional partners, The German Marshal Fund of the United States (GMF), Instytut Wolności (The Freedom Institute), Jagello 2000 and The International Crisis Group.

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, 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. It contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. The GMF also offers rising leader’s 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.

Instytut Wolności (The Freedom Institute) is a politically independent think-tank with a mission to draw attention to the most important political topics in Poland by creating ideas and developing knowledge together with prominent politicians, businessmen and analysts. Its aim is to popularize these ideas using traditional and new media and to appeal to all the actors of the public sphere.

Civic association JAGELLO 2000 is a top Czech non profit organization focused on the activities in the filed of public diplomacy on support and presentation of NATO and security politics. It also participates in projects focused on the European Union. The main purpose of the association is to inform the public about security politics and transatlantic relations.

The International Crisis Group is an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. The crisis group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. It builds support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. It also engages directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace.  The group’s work is urgently needed as the world is confronted with a dramatic rise in the number of conflicts, with devastating humanitarian, social and economic costs. Efforts to resolve conflicts are complicated by the profound shift in geopolitics, as well as the increasing prominence of non-state actors ranging from religious militants to criminal gangs.

In this more polarized, fragmented and dangerous world, Crisis Group’s work points a way forward. ‘War is not inevitable; it is a man-made disaster. We must mobilize political leaders to heed early warnings and take early action to avoid looming conflicts. And we must build more creative and flexible frameworks for international diplomacy’.