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King Daniel of Galicia Institute

King Daniel of Galicia Institute is a scientific-analytical center (think tank) of the "East-West Mutual Understanding" Social-Cultural Association, founded in 2014. The Institute supports the realization of mission and goals of our Association.


King Daniel of Galicia Institute (KDGI) -
the international center of interdisciplinary research and analysis of post-Soviet states and nations (Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus) and their connection with Poland and other states of Eurasian continent. The Institute analyzes the situation of societies in the post-Soviet space from legal, historical, cultural, political, economic, national, religious and sociological perspective. It functions as a scientific-research unit of the "East-West Mutual Understanding" Association. The Institute was found in 2014, which is the 750th anniversary of knyaz Daniel of Galicia’s death and burial in Chelm (currently Poland). Knyaz Daniel, first king of Ruthenia, advocate of friendly relations between Ruthenia, Poland and Lithuania, was recognized that time as one of the most outstanding diplomats not only in the Balto-Slavic cultural circle, but in the whole Europe too. The General Secretariat of the Institute is located in Wroclaw, Poland. The Institute intends to issue, starting from 2015, two scientific journals: "East-West. King Daniel of Galicia Institute’s Annals" and "King Daniel of Galicia Institute’s Studies and Comments". A solemn opening, together with inauguration lectures and presentations of the invited guests, took place 20th December 2014 in Wroclaw, Poland. 

The aim of the Institute is:
1) Propagation of knowledge about post-Soviet states and nations (Eastern Europe, Russia, Cetral Asia and Caucasus) and their connection with Poland and other states of Eurasian continent. 
2) Establishment and development of an independent thoughts and opinions’ exchange platform between citizens of former USSR, Poland and other states in Europe and Asia.
3) Scientific-expert support for initiatives aiming at strengthening mutual understanding, dialogue, solidarity and reconciliation between nations from post-Soviet space, Poland and other states in Central-Eastern Europe. 
4) Precise scientific, informational and analytic support for NGOs, educational, cultural and scientific centers, local self-governments, mass media and citizens in Poland and other countries in Central-Eastern Europe, who assumingly might be interested in the development of good neighborhood and friendship, cooperation, partnership and contacts in post-Soviet space. 

Daniel of Galicia - the first king of Ruthenia, one of the most outstanding European diplomats in 13th century, Grand Duke of Kiev, Duke of Galicia and Volhynia, reigning over the Ruthenia in the last period of its glory before Mongolian invasion. In his state Daniel attempted to combine values of Easter and Western Christian Europe as a strong advocate of friendly relations between Ruthenia, Poland and Lithuania. During his reign the Principality of Galicia–Volhynia turned into one of the most influential state center in Eastern Europe of that time. Daniel came down to history as the only knyaz, who was crowned with the Pope’s consent. After crowning ceremony in Drohiczyn conducted by the Pope’s legate, Daniel became faithful to Orthodox Church. After his death, the title of King of Ruthenia was used only ceremonially by his successors. Daniel resided in Chelm, which soon became the capital of the Principality of Galicia and Volhynia. He managed to form alliances with Ruthenian and Polish principalities, Lithuanian, Czech and Hungary. As the representative of Ruthenian dynasty of Rurik, Daniel had strong family ties with Poland and Lithuania (descendant of Polish Piast dynasty, great-grandson of Polish prince Boleslaus III Wrymouth, married a daughter of Lithuanian prince Dovsprunk, the brother of Mindaugas, the king of Lithuania). Daniel formed Lviv city, named after his son Lev Danilovich. Daniel of Galicia died in 1264 in Chelm, where he was buried in Orthodox Cathedral Church. In 2014 his burial’s 750th anniversary was solmenly celebrated. 

1. Director of the Institute
Pawel Goralski, M.A.
2. General Secretariat in Wroclaw, Poland
     Secretary-General - Wiaczeslaw Zelizko
3. Board of Trustees
Member of the Board of Trustees of the 1st term (2014-2018):
     - President of the Board of Trustees - Blazej Zajac, M.A. (Poland)
     - Olga Bednyakova, M.A. (Kazakhstan)
     - Uladzimir Zuyeu, M.A. (Belarus)
     - Iryna Polova, PhD (Ukraine)
     - Aleksandra Synowiec, PhD (Poland)
     - Bektur Ibragimov, M.A. (Kyrgyzstan)
     - Aleksander Grebenszczykow, M.A. (Poland)
     - Roman Savenkov, PhD (Russian Federation)
4. Scientific Council
5. Expert Committee

Focal interests of the Institute include:
- interstate relations;
- international and interconfessional relations;
- civil society;
- migration of population;
- national and ethnical minorities;
- administrative forms of countries;
- public administration;
- non-governmental organizations;
- local self-governance;
- intercultural dialogue;
- economic relations.

The Insitute realizes the following activities :
- scientific and research;
- analytical;
- nformational;
- publishing (scientific journals, books and other publications);
- organization of lectures, presentations and exhibitions;
- organization of conferences, seminars, syphosiums, round tables and debates.

The Institute focuses on the following scientific disciplines:
- international relations;
- legal studies (jurisprudence);
- history;
- sociology;
- economy;
- ethnology and cultural studies;
- religion studies;
- language studies and literature studies.

Director of the Institute - Pawel Goralski, mobile (+36) 308-151-292, e-mail: pawel.goralski@yandex.com 
President of the Board of Trustees - Blazej Zajac, mobile (+48) 603-176-186, e-mail: bzajac@pwz.org.pl 
Address of the General Secretariat: King Daniel of Galicia Institute, ul. Jarnoltowska 5, 54-530 Wroclaw, Poland



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(Polish: Stowarzyszenie Spoleczno-Kulturalne "Porozumienie Wschod - Zachod")
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