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.  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)




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