The goals of the program are further internationalization of our teaching curriculum and providing our students with extra competencies and knowledge as well as strengthening cooperation with our international partners and seeking new strategic partnerships. Main Themes of the program include  international development, international security, global governance and international integration. We ask the candidates to choose the topics for their courses within the scope of these 4 themes and include some aspects of them in their teaching.The Program is financed under the Integrated UMCS Project (Task 9), implemented between April 1, 2018  and December 31, 2020. The project is co-financed from the European Social Fund, Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development for 2014-2020, Priority Axis III Higher education for economy and development, Measure 3.5 Comprehensive programs of higher education institutions, Contract no. POWR: 03.05.00-00-Z012/17-00. More about the Project


Prof. MARIO SZNAJDER (Hebrew University of Jerusalem , Israel)  - Israeli political scientist. Author of over 100 academic articles and book chapters on democratization, human rights and politics, political exile in Israel, the Middle East, Latin America as well as on political antisemitism, ideology and practice of fascism. Long time Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (emeritus since 2015), Leon Blum Chair on Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science. Served as Chair of RC 13 – Research Committee on Democratization – at IPSA – International Political Science Association. Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University.Visiting professor in. al. at Cambridge University (SPS 1998-1999 PPSIS 2010); Universidad de Chile - Ciencias Políticas (1999); Universidad de Mendoza, Argentina (1999); Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica (2001, 2003), Universitá di Bologna (2004) Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, España (2004, 2005, 2006) Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina (2006); Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007, 2010) ; Universidad de los Andes, Chile (2010); Universidade de Sao Paulo (2010) and Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, España (2015-2016).Member of the editorial boards of various scientific publications in the above areas of specialization. Selected recent publications include: M. Sznajder, L. Roniger, C. A. Forment (eds.) Shifting Frontiers of Citizenship: The Latin American Experience (Leiden, Boston, MA: Brill, 2013); E. Alimi, A. Sela, M. Sznajder, Popular Contention, Regime, & Transition. Arab Revolts in Comparative Global Perspective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Course at UMCS: Disintegration of the Middle East;  Mondays and Thursday,  17:00-20:00 (with breaks); October 29,  November 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23  

 PROF. APARAJITA GANGOPADHYAY is currently the Head of the Department of International Relations, and the Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies, at Goa University Goa, India. She has been a Visiting Faculty at Chengchi National University, Taiwan, Department of International Relations, Marie Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland, Institute of International Relations at Vilnius University, Lithuania and the Sciences Po Lyon, France. She is also a member of the Academic Council of the Indian Studies Programme, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is also the Founding Member of Centre for International Development and  Cooperation  Research  at  the  University  of  Bucharest,  Romania  and  Advisory Council Member on Centre on Studies and Services on  Contemporary India and Southern Asia (CESI-CAM), Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota. She was designated as Visiting Professor Extraordinary by the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Argentina. She has been an invited speaker to universities and institutions such as the Argentine Institute of International Relations (CARI), University of Salvador, Lomos De Zamora University, La Plata University, Universidade Siglo 21, National University, Rosario and the National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina.  She  has been  a  member  of  the  Indian  Delegation  to Brazil  as  part  of  Government  of  India’s  India-Brazil 1.5 Dialogue in  2013.   She has widely published in areas such as India-Latin America Relations, India’s Foreign Policy, India’s Diaspora Policy, Argentina-Brazil Relations, and Regional Integration. She is currently working on two edited collections of bilingual essays (English-Spanish) on India-Latin America Relations. Course at UMCS:  India's Foreign Policy in a Globalised World: Environment, Energy, Terrorism, Conflicts, Migration, Human Rights and Global Health , Tuesday and Thursday 17.00-20.00, November 24, 26, December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15. 


PROF. MATTHEW McCARTNEY Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of South Asia, School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford, UK ;  Prof. Matthew McCartney is a politiical economist.  His research interests include the role of the state and late industrialisation;  original framework for analysing the state were applied  to his  books on India (2009) and Pakistan (2011) and brought a lot of this together in research on distinctions between the proximate (investment, population, productivity) and deeper determinants (institutions, culture, geography, history and openness) of economic growth in the context of the world economy over the last five hundred years. His book  Economic Growth and Development: A Comparative Introduction,published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2015.  He worked in the Ministry of Finance of Zambia under an ODI Fellowship (1998-2000). He spent  eleven years at SOAS, London, graduating from PhD student to a Lecturer in the Economic Development of South Asia. Returned to Oxford in September 2011 to take over as a Director of the South Asia Programme. Visisting teaching in South Korea, India, Pakistan, Denmark, China, Poland, and Japan as well as work with the UNDP, USAid, World Bank and EU in Zambia, Botswana, Bangladesh, Georgia, Egypt and Bosnia. More:

Course at UMCS: International Development in South - East Asia and Pacific Region Mondays and Thursdays 17:00-20:00, November 26, 30; December 3, 7, 10, 14, 17 )


Prof. HRYHORII PEREPELYTSIA is the Professor of the Institute international relations at the Kiev National University and the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the Doctor of political sciences, the professor, the Captain Navy (in retirement).  Since 1992 till 1995 he has been a Chief of analytical group at the Center for Strategic Studies of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since 1995 he has been a head of military policy department at the National Institute for Strategic Studies, the Deputy director of National Institute for Strategic Studies (2003), Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (2006).  He is known in Ukraine and abroad as the expert in the field of foreign and security policy, arms control and nonproliferation, the author over 100 scientific publications and books. Among his most recent books are   ”Securite: les principales menaces sont interieures” /L’ukraine, nouvel acteur du jeu international (ruylant-Bruxelles L.G.D.J – Paris, 2000), “Denuclearized status and national security of Ukraine” ( Кiev.:Stilos Press, 2009.); “Foreign policy of Ukraine – 2008: Strategic Assessments, Forecasts and Priorities” / Edited by G.M. Perepelytsia ( Кiev.:Stilos Publishing House Press, 2009.); “Foreign policy of Ukraine – 2009/2010” ( Кiev.:Stilos Publishing House Press, 2011.); “Foreign policy of Ukraine – 2015: Strategic Assessments, Forecasts and Priorities” / Edited by G.M. Perepelytsia ( Кiev.:Stilos Publishing House Press, 2016.); “Ukraine - Russia: War in the conditions of coexistence” ( Кiev.:Stilos Press, 2017, 880p.); “Transformations processes in the Visegrad Group and Ukraine: comparative analysis.” / Edited by G.M. Perepelytsia.  (Kyiv, Stylos Publishing House, 2012).

Course at UMCSInternational conflicts: Eastern European dimension (October-November 2020)



Dr. Barbora Padrtova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations andEuropean Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic. Her research interests focus on global politics, US-Russia relations, NATO-Russia relations, securitization theory and geopolitics in the Arctic region. In 2018-2019, she also worked as a Research Scholar affiliated with the Arctic Futures Initiative at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), based in Laxenburg, Austria. She is a Czech delegate to the Social & Human Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Course at UMCS: Development of Global Politics. Current Challenges (May-June 2020, on-line)


Prof. Stefano Guzzini, leading European political scientist in the field of international relations and security studies, is a Professor of Government at Uppsala University, Professor of International Relations at IRI/PUC-Rio de Janeiro and Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on international theory, security studies (ontological security), approaches to foreign policy analysis, as well as on the conceptual analysis and theories of power. More recently, he has also worked on interpretivist methodologies (process tracing and notions of non-efficient causality) and critical geopolitics as applied to Europe. He has published nine books, including The Return of Geopolitics in Europe? Social Mechanisms and Foreign Policy Identity Crises (Cambridge UP, 2012), and Power, Realism and Constructivism (Routledge, 2013), winner of the 2014 ISA Theory Section Best Book Award. Between 2013-2019, he served as President of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA). He is currently co-editor of the journal International Theory and Associate Editor of Contexto Internacional. For more see: Course at UMCS: "Realist Tradition in International Relations" (May-June 2020, on-line)



Prof. Andrey Makarychev is Visiting Professor at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. Before he came to Tartu, he was Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellow at Institute for East European Studies, Free University of Berlin, as well as Professor of International Relations at the Linguistic University (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia). His research interests include Russian foreign policy discourses, international security and regionalism in EU – Russia common neighborhood. He has worked for the Center for Security Studies & Conflict Research, ETH Zurich (2000-2001) and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen (2003-2004). He was visiting fellow at several European and US research institutes, among them the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute; Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (Washington, D.C.); George Mason University, Fairfax, and the JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin. His projects were supported a.o. by Central European University, Budapest; IREX; McArthur Foundation; OSI; NATO Democratic Institutions Fellowship Program. Prof. Makarychev full CV


His writings include many books and edited volumes as well as articleds and chapters. Selected recent publications include: Makarychev, Andrey; Yatsyk, Aleksandra (2020). Critical Biopolitics of the Post-Soviet: from Populations to Nations. London: Rowman & LittlefieldAndrey Makarychev (2020). Russia in the Changing International System. In: Parlar Dal, Emel; Erşen, Emre (Ed.)Russia in the Changing International System (39−57). Palgrave Macmillan. (International Relations Theory)Bogdanova, Olga; Makarychev, Andrey (Eds.) (2020). Baltic-Black Sea Regionalisms: Patchworks and Networks at Europe's Eastern Margins. Springer International PublishingMakarychev, Andrey; Sazonov, Vladimir (2019), Populisms, popular geopolitics and the politics of belonging in Estonia. European Politics and Society, 20 (4).

Prof. Andrey Makarychev will teach at UMCS a course Between Geo- and Bio-Politics. National Identities at Europe's Eastern Margins on January 13-24, 2020



Dr Carlos Pérez Ricart (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Contemporary History and Public Policy of Mexico at the University of Oxford, Affiliate Professor at the Department of International Studies, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City.He is member of both the History Faculty and the Latin American Centre (LAC), University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and has a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México.His general research and teaching interests include the relationship between Mexico and the United States, security and organized crime, drug policies and state formation. He is currently conducting a research project which aims to examine the history of the Mexican police from a long-term historical and global perspective. His research has been published in international journals and has been funded by grants from Mexican, German and British public institutions.At Oxford, he teaches a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including “state, organized crime, drug trafficking in Latin America”, “Modern Mexico 1876-1994” and “Qualitative Methods and Research Strategies for Latin America Research”. Carlos serves as the senior member of the Oxford Latin American Society. Course at UMCSState, Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in Latin America (October- November 2019)


Prof.  Fu-kuo Liu, Dean of International College of Innovation and a Research Fellow at the  Institute of International Relations at the National Chengchi University(NCU) in Taipei, Taiwan. Porf. Liu also holds position of a Professor in International Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, NCU College of Social Science.He serves as an Executive Director, Taiwan Center For Security Studies at IIR and a CEO of Association for Emerging Market Studies in Taipei. Prof. Fu-kuo Liu spent time as a visiting researcher and/or faculty at various academic institutions and public policy bodies including University of Macau (2014), National Institute of South China Sea Studies, Haikou, China (2013-2015), US Department of State. 2011, the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. (2006-2007), School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (2000-2001) and Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan (2001). His professional experience also includes various public policy positions including  currently a Commissioner in International Affairs Commission, Taipei City Government and  Consultative Adviser in Mainland Affairs Council (Ministry), Republic of China (2004-2007) and a Chairman in Research and Planning Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan. His main focus  in research and teachings are: Comprehensive Security, Taiwan Foreign and Security Policy, Asia-Pacific Security, US Asia Policy, Non-traditional Security and National Security, Regionalism and Asia-Pacific Regional Integration, South China Sea Study and Maritime Security in Asia. He is an author of many books, book chapters and contributions as well as articles in academic journals and public policy articles. His recent publications include: Fu-Kuo Liu, Shicun Wu, Keyuan Zou, and Jonathan Spangler, eds., South China Sea Lawfare: Post Arbitration Policy Options and Future Prospects, Taipei: South China Sea Think Tank/ Taiwan Center for Security Studies (2017) and  “Solving a Puzzle in the South China Sea,” in Ron Huisken, ed., Regional Security Outlook 2017, Canberra, Australia: Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. pp. 48-50. He is also an Editor of The  Strategic Vision For Taiwan Studies Bimonthly published by Taiwan Center For Security Studies in cooperation with The National Defense University.E-MAIL: Course at UMCS: International Security in the Pacific Region (May 2019).

Prof. Daniel Morales Ruvalcaba (Center for Latin American Studies, Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学 , China) Daniel Morales Ruvalcaba holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and a Master's Degree in Contemporary Studies in Latin America from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). He is a researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies of Sun Yat-sen University (China) and member of the National System of Researchers (Mexico). He has worked as professor at universities in Mexico (Universidad de Guadalajara, ITESO, UNIVA), Spain (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and China (Sun Yat-sen University) and has made research stays at the Universidad de la República and the Sciences Po. He has also delivered opinions for several Latin American and European journals and collaborates on the editorial committee of journals specializing in international affairs. His research interests are international relations, Latin America, geopolitics and national power (creator of the World Power Index). Among his most recent publications are "The Foreign Policy of the Latin American Powers with Regards Caricom: The Cases of Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba", Colombia Internacional 96: 87-114; "The National-International Power of the States. A Trans-Structural Proposal". Geopolitica(s), 9 (1): 137-169 (co-authored with Alberto Rocha), "Football and national power: a theoretical framework applied to China and Argentina”, Estudos Internacionais, 6 (3): 26-46" (co-authored with Zhongli Zhang). Email: Course at UMCS: The new geopolitics of Latin American integration. From post-hegemonic projects to disintegration (May 2019)

Prof. Agnieszka Paczynska is an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, USA where she directs the MS Program, and Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. She is co-editor of Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change book series at Ohio University Press and a Board Member of Saferworld USA. Her research focuses on the relationship between economic and political change and conflict, globalization and local conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction policies and pedagogy. She has authored State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (Penn State University Press, 2009/2013) and articles in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, and PS: Politics and Political Science among others and edited Changing Landscape of Assistance to Conflict-Affected States: Emerging and Traditional Donors and Opportunities for Collaboration (Stimson Center, 2016), Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone: Pedagogy, Methodology and Best Practices in Field-Based Courses (forthcoming Ohio University Press, 2019) and The New Politics of Aid: Emerging Donors and Conflict-Affected States (forthcoming Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2019). She has conducted fieldwork in a number of conflict-affected and fragile states, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. Courses at UMCS: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding (December 2018)  International Assistance and the Security Nexus (April 2019)


Prof. Shantanu Chakrabarti holds the position of Professor in the Department of History, University of Calcutta, India. He also holds the honorary position of the Convenor of the Academic Committee at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies in the University of Calcutta. He held the position of a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India (2007-08). He has been awarded the Bene Merito award by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Poland, in 2014. He was selected for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) India Chair at Dublin City University, Ireland in 2016 (declined due to other administrative commitments). He has been associated with a number of Universities and think tanks across the globe as visiting fellow. His research interests include: South Asian regional dynamics; privatisation of security in the Asian context; and, Peace and Conflict Studies and has authored numerous books and articles related to the themes. He is a member of the editorial Board of the Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations, Journal of the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw and a Member of the Advisory Board of the UNISCI (Research Unit on International Security and Cooperation), University of Madrid.  Courses at UMCS: Privatization of security as a global trend  (March/April 2019),  Globalization versus regionalization (March/April 2019)

Dr. Alexandre Kukhianidze is a Professor of Political Science Department at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In the 1990s he has worked on issues of democratization and civil participation. Since early 2000s his research and teaching are mainly in the field of  Security Studies with special focus on  organized crime, smuggling, corruption, security, and conflict resolution in the Caucasus Region. He has conducted research in such countries as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. Dr Kukhianidze  is also a public policy expert, including working as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at the Caucasus Office in Tbilisi, Georgia. In his capacity as a Director he was involved in Management of the Caucasus Office activities of analytical groups, research and training on issues of transnational organized crime, corruption and smuggling through Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Adjara for representatives of Georgian law enforcement, border police, customs officers, central and local government officials, academics and students of law. In 2013 -2015 he was ERASMUS MUNDUS and Swedish Institute visiting professor at Malmö University; in 2010-11 visiting researcher at Monterey Institute of International Studies, CA, USA; in 2003 DAAD visiting researcher at Free University of Berlin. He served as a Deputy Chief of Party in the USAID Local Government Reform Initiative; and in 1998-99 was a Fulbright Professor at Mount Holyoke College and Johns Hopkins University. He is a participant and an organizer of international conferences and author of books, articles and chapters in Georgian and English. Courses at UMCS: Political Corruption and Transnational Organized Crime (March 2019) Conflicts, Geopolitics and Transnational Security in the Caucasus and the Black Sea-Caspian regions (March 2019)