About the Departament


The Department of International Relations and Security is a continuation of the Department of Political Science established at the Institute of Sociology in 1993. The latter was preceded by the Department of History of Social and Political Thought founded in 1989 thanks to the efforts of Professor Jerzy Rebeta. Currently, the Department of International Relations is headed by Professor Andrzej Podraza.


The Department’s academic staff carry out research projects related primarily to European integration and international security. As far as European integration is concerned, projects concern such topics as the evolution of the European integration process (including theoretical approaches), the institutional system of the European Union, the EU’s position in international relations, the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Common Security and Defence Policy, EU external relations (mainly the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership), and Poland’s membership in the EU. Regarding international security research projects focus on the functioning of NATO, transatlantic security relations and contemporary security threats and challenges (including in cyberspace).


Other research topics include politics of memory, international relations in Central and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on the Visegrad Group countries and the post-Soviet area (especially Transnistria, Moldova and Russia), the functioning of de facto states, digital diplomacy, the role of religion in shaping the international order, and the activities of pro-defence organisations.





Associate Professor Andrzej Podraza, PhD, DSc – Head of the Department

Fields of interest: Theories of International Relations, Global Order, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign and Security Policy, European Integration, International Security, Energy Security, Security in Cyberspace, Central and Eastern Europe. 

Current research: Donald Trump’s foreign policy and the future of NATO; US strategies towards Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries; the end of the Western world (?) and a new global order; resurgent Russia – Russia’s Foreign Policy ambitions; Poland’s energy security in the context of transatlantic cooperation . 

International cooperation: studies at Oxford University (1990-1991); Fellow at the International Security Programme at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), London (1991-1992); a trainee at the European Parliament (1988) and the European Commission (1992); a number of European grants (Jean Monnet Project, Interreg IIIA/Tacis, Phare Fiesta II) and funded by other sources (e.g. the Stefan Batory Trust, the Open Society Institute, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Western European Union); an external expert of the European Union and NATO; an author of a number of books and articles published in English; research visits and lectures at various places including Oxford University, KU Leuven, Umea University, Universidad de Alcalá, Chatham House etc.

E-mail: andrzej.podraza@kul.pl


Associate Professor Wojciech Gizicki, PhD, DSc

Fields of interest: International Security, V4 Cooperation, Central Europe, European Integration.

Current research: 1. Socio-Political Perspectives on Regionalism in the Modern World, Lublin 2019 (with Stanislav Konečný). 2. Polish-Ukrainian Cross-Border Cooperation. Opportunities and Challenges, Toruń 2019 (with Pavlo Sheremeta, Olena Kovalchuk). 3. “Central Europe and NATO Transformation 2014–2018,” Przegląd Strategiczny 12 (2019), 117–129.

International cooperation: scientific visits: e.g. London, Prague, Vienna, Washington; actual grant: “Cooperation of Universities supporting the development of security and crisis management of the Lublin and Lutsk transborder regions.“

E-mail: wgizicki@kul.pl


Marcin Kosienkowski, PhD, DSc

Fields of interest: International Relations, Post-Soviet Studies, De Facto States (mainly Transnistria and Gagauz Republic).

Current research: the Russian World ideology as a legitimation tool outside Russia, the rationale behind the 2006 sovereignty referendum in a de facto state of Transnistria, the Gagauz Republic as a de facto state.

International cooperation: authored papers published by Routledge, Manchester University Press, Lexington Books, French Institute of International Relations, and in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review; served internships in universities and think tanks in Moldova (including Transnistria), Ukraine, and Russia; worked as an investigator in a research project on secession in the post-Soviet area funded by the Russian Foundation for Humanistic Research (РГНФ).

E-mail: marcin.kosienkowski@kul.pl


Beata Piskorska, PhD, DSc

Fields of interest: International Relations, Eastern Europe, European Integration, European Neighbourhood Policy, soft power in international relations.

Current research: The EU's role and identity in the international relations, future of the European integration in time of external and internal challenges and crises. Latest papers: “Is the European Union still an attractive international actor? Challenges for the global role of the EU,“ Przegląd Europejski 3 (2019); “The Eastern Partnership - the challenge for the EU's soft power in international relations,“ On-line Journal Modeling the New Europe 26 (2018).

International cooperation: scientific visits: e.g. London, Istanbul, Brussels, Florence, Budapest, Nicosia; authored papers published by Routledge and Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Uluslararasi Politika Akademisi (UPA), member of Team Europe at the European Commission Representation in Poland.

E-mail: bpiskorska@kul.pl


Wińczysław Jastrzębski, MA

Fields of interest: Military Discipline, Military Police, Development of the Armed Forces.

Current research: the role of the Military Police in shaping the military discipline in the Polish Armed Forces, tasks of the Territorial Defence Forces, the cyberspace defence forces

International cooperation: Commander of the Afghan Police Training Center in Ghazni, the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan 2011/2012.

E-mail: wjastrzebski@kul.pl






Department of International Relations and Security

Institute of Political Science and Public Administration

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

Building CP, room 29

E-mail: inpism@kul.pl