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A headshot of Professor Łukasz Kamieński.Prof. Łukasz Kamieński holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Jagiellonian University (2005) as well as an M.Sc. in International Relations (LSE, 2001) and M.A. in political science (Jagiellonian University, 2000). He was a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS (2019), the Centre for International Studies at LSE (2011), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (2003). Prof. Kamieński is also the director of the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University (2020-2024). His publications include: Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare (C Hurst & Co. Publishers, 2017), which has been translated into several languages.


A picture of the Administrative Officer, Gabriela KwiatekGabriela Kwiatek is a Ph.D. student at the Interdisciplinary Program "Society of the Future" of the Doctoral School in the Social Sciences at Jagiellonian University. She holds an M.A. and B.A. in American Studies (Jagiellonian University). Her research focuses on the intersection between Indigenous sovereignty and health policy in North America and Aotearoa New Zealand. In September 2022 she worked as an intern in the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Section of the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw.


Wojciech Michnik holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and is currently an assistant professor of International Relations and Security Studies at Jagiellonian University and a research scholar at the University of Arizona as a recipient of the 2023-24 Fulbright_NATO Security Studies Award. In 2019, he served as the Eisenhower Defense Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Previously he taught for over two years at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai and served as a Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute in 2015-2016. In 2014, he worked as a foreign and security policy analyst at the Department of the Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Agata Mazurkiewicz holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland) and is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Political Science and International Relations at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her research and publications concern civil-military cooperation and interactions, peace support missions and NATO affairs. Her most recent publications include Civil-Military Cooperation in International Interventions: The Role of Soldiers (Routledge, 2022). 

Marcin Fatalski, Ph.D., graduated from the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Jagiellonian University and works there at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora. His research focuses on the modern history of international relations, US foreign policy, and nation-building/state-building policy. He has lectured at, among others, Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of Barcelona, Roma Tre University, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Budapest, and the University of Veliko Tarnovo. He has conducted research in the Central Archives of Modern Records (Archiwum Akt Nowych), the Polish Institute of International Relations, and the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin.


The LSE IDEAS Visiting Fellowship for researchers from the Jagiellonian University's Faculty of International and Political Studies (FIPS) is a non-stipendiary research position available for one LSE term lasting a total of three to four months in the Fall semester of a given academic year. The visiting fellow is expected to complete a piece of research work or ongoing research during their fellowship and produce a Strategic Update for LSE IDEAS either during or up to six months after their stay in or, in the case of pandemic-related restrictions, affiliation with London.

The visiting fellowship is administered by LSE IDEAS’ Central and South-East Europe Programme, but the focus of the visiting fellow’s research may fall within any area of LSE IDEAS’ projects and output.

Stuart Austin studied History BA at the University of Kent in Canterbury, then completed an MSc in History of International Relations at LSE. He has worked in several Government Departments in the years between then and now: Exiting the European Union; Home Office; Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Since then, he has joined LSE IDEAS, as Research Assistant to the Engelsberg Chair for History and International Affairs – most recently Prof Margaret MacMillan – as well as Programme Assistant to Global Strategies and to the Conflict and Civicness Research Group. Stuart is currently both manager of the Central and South-East Europe Programme (CSEEP) and Publications Editor at LSE IDEAS.

Professor Chris Alden is the Director of LSE IDEAS. He teaches International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he is Deputy Head of the Department (PhD and Research). He is also a Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

He is the author/co-author of numerous books, including Foreign Policy Analysis – New Approaches 2nd edition (Routledge 2017), and co-editor of China and Mozambique: from Comrades to Capitalist (Johannesburg: Jacana 2014), China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), China and Africa – Building Peace and Security Cooperation on the Continent (Palgrave 2017), New Directions in Africa-China Studies (Routledge 2019) as well as having written numerous articles in internationally recognised journals.

Professor Alden has held fellowships at Cambridge University, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo; Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto; Ecole Normale Superieure (Cachan), Paris; CERI, Paris; and University of Pretoria.

In Memoriam

A headshot of Prof. Christopher Coker.Christopher Coker (1953-2023) was the Director of LSE IDEAS and a Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019 and the Director of LSE IDEAS. He was a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London), the NATO Defence College (Rome), the Centre for International Security (Geneva), and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo). He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Swedish Staff College and the Director of the School of Civic Education. His two most recent books are The Rise of the Civilizational State (Polity, 2019) and Why War? (2021).