Janusz Onyszkiewicz is an influential expert in international security. He is a former Vice-President of the European Parliament and Vice President of its Foreign Relations Committee. He was Defence Minister of the Republic of Poland in two separate post-1989 governments. Currently, he is an Executive Board member of the UK-based European Leadership Network and the Chairman of the International Center for Democratic Transition (Budapest). He is a member of the Polish-Ukrainian Partnership Forum.
He has been monitoring elections in Ukraine, Egypt and Georgia on behalf of the US-based National Democratic Institute. Mr Onyszkiewicz is a distinguished human rights activist. In the historic year of 1989, he was the spokesperson for the Solidarity delegation to the Round Table negotiations that paved the way to the demise of communism in Poland and Central Europe. He is a recipient of numerous international awards and honors including the Legion d'Honour (France).