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Wilson Center’s Dan Hamilton Awarded Poland’s Order of Merit

Contact: Ryan McKenna
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May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON – Dr. Daniel Hamilton, Director of the Global Europe Program and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center has been awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Dr. Hamilton received the distinction in a ceremony on Thursday, May 6. Poland’s Ambassador to the United States Piotr Wilczek presented the Order of Merit to Dr. Hamilton on behalf of the Polish President, Andrzej Duda.

The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is bestowed on foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad, who by their activities have made outstanding contributions to international cooperation and to bonds between the Republic of Poland and other nations and countries.

Dr. Hamilton has cultivated many personal and professional ties to Poland over four decades. As a U.S. diplomat he was deeply involved in facilitating Poland’s entry into NATO and to developing U.S.-Polish bilateral relations. In his scholarly and think tank activities he has worked closely with Polish colleagues to address common political, economic and security challenges facing our two countries.

Dr. Hamilton is also the recipient of Germany’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Knighthood of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques; Sweden’s Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Polar Star; and the U.S. State Department’s Superior Honor Award.

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