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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.

E-mail: lukasz.kamienski@uj.edu.pl

Maciej Smółka holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies at the Jagiellonian Unviersity. Previously, he completed an M.A. in American studies (Jagiellonian University, 2015), and a B.A. in cultural studies (Jagiellonian University, 2013). He was a visiting researcher at Dickinson College (2015) and the University of Minnesota (2018). He specializes in popular music, popular culture and American studies. Among others, he is an author of Say Yes! to Michigan (AT, 2017), and a co-editor of From the Bowery to the Bronx (Intellect, 2022).

E-mail: maciek.smolka@uj.edu.pl

Wojciech Michnik is currently an assistant professor of International Relations and Security Studies at Jagiellonian University and contributing editor for New Eastern Europe. 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). 

A headshot of Prof. Christopher Coker.Christopher Coker was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019. He is 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 is also Adjunct Professor at the Swedish Staff College. He is 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).

E-mail: c.coker@lse.ac.uk