Anna Kwiatkowska, PhD studied Arabic at Tashkent University (Uzbekistan) and obtained a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Vienna. She obtained her doctorate in political science.
From 1997, she served as chief specialist at the Department for International Co-operation of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, where she was responsible for the issues regarding Polish-German relations and cross-border and inter-regional co-operation. Between 1997 and 2001, she was the executive secretary of the Polish-German Intergovernmental Commission for Regional and Cross-border Cooperation.
In 2005, she founded the German Department at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), a Warsaw-based think tank funded from the Polish state budget. She still heads this department (currently under the name of Department for Germany and Northern Europe). OSW conducts research on the political, economic and social situation in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Her expertise includes foreign and internal policy of Germany and the German politics of memory.
She is the author of e.g “Cinderella became the Empress. How Merkel has changed Germany”, OSW, Warsaw, June 2021; “Strangers like us. Germans in the search for a new identity”, OSW, Warsaw, 2020; “Germany on Russia. Yes to links, no to rapprochement”, OSW, Warsaw, 2014; “It’s not (only) about Erika Steinbach. Three myths in the German discourse on the resettlements”, OSW, Warsaw, 2010.