VISITING PROFESSORS 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. Agnieszka Paczynska is 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: 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: Privatization of security as a global trend  (March/April 2019),  Globalization versus regionalization (March/April 2019)

Dr. Alexandre Kukhianidze is 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: Political Corruption and Transnational Organized Crime (March 2019) Conflicts, Geopolitics and Transnational Security in the Caucasus and the Black Sea-Caspian regions (March 2019)




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