Fellow for National Security

Adam Twardowski

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Slowly making his way through a traffic jam in Chongqing, Adam asked his cab driver in broken Mandarin what he thought of America. The driver responded, “You are a great power today. We, China, are still poor and developing. But one day we will be more powerful than you. We are patient.” This exchange, not with an academic or politician but an everyday cab driver in China, left a deep impression on Adam, then a college student, who realized during his time living in China that the 21st century would be very different from the last.

A proud adopted Minnesotan, Adam’s interest in national security began as a fascination with the 20th century history of his parents’ homeland, Poland. Convinced that the United States’ investments in Europe’s postwar security architecture are vital to the American people’s safety and prosperity, Adam is interested in how to update that architecture to address new challenges, from a resurgent Russia to violent extremism. Having lived in China and traveled around Southeast Asia, Adam is also interested in how the American-led security order of the Asia Pacific will adapt to a rising China.

Before coming to Third Way, Adam worked for the Transatlantic Security team at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he coauthored a report on US-Russia relations. Before that, he worked in the State Department’s Central Europe Office, where he spent two days running around with Hungary’s foreign minister at President Obama’s final Nuclear Security Summit. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and an almost graduate of Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, outside work you can find Adam kayaking on the Potomac, playing on a violin built by his great-great grandfather, or planning his next trip abroad.