Wojciech Michnik

Wojciech Michnik
Jagiellonian University | UJ · Institute of Political Science and International Relations

PhD

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Introduction
I am currently an assistant professor of International Relations and Security Studies at Jagiellonian University. In 2019 I served as the Eisenhower Defense Fellow at NATO Defense College and in 2015-16 as a Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University. In 2014 I worked as policy analyst at the Department of Americas at Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. My ongoing research interests include: NATO and transatlantic security; regional rivalry in the Middle East; War in Yemen.

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There has been a lot of ambiguity concerning Russia’s recent policy in the Middle East, especially about its causes, scope and consequences. While Moscow “does not have a grand strategy for the Middle East it has a clear view of its interests in specific situations within the region” that serves the Kremlin’s higher and broader goals of reestablish...
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One of the domains of US foreign policy stuck on autopilot relates to Syria and, most importantly, Rojava (or AANES by its official name). The Biden administration inherited a quandary from its predecessor with no easy solution. On the one hand, the hostility of other actors in the region—especially Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Syria—render a continue...
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Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine not only wreaked havoc on Ukrainian society but also damaged the regional security architecture of Central and Eastern Europe. For Poland and other states on the Eastern Flank of NATO, it instantly meant that they had all become de facto frontline states. New Eastern Europe 3/2022
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From Poland's perspective, China does not really have leverage that would match what the US and EU allies have to offer—namely, defensive military guarantees and direct assistance in case of serious emergency arise, like military standoff with its stronger neighbor. Therefore, any serious discussion about Poland’s strategic choices in the rising co...
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This paper argues that the pandemic that has clearly caught the world by surprise has not changed everything in world affairs, but rather accelerated some processes on the domestic, regional and global levels. This also holds true for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its members, which means that the threats and uncertainties that NATO an...
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On October 9, 2019, the Turkish army and its proxy Syrian National Army (SNA) invaded the autonomous Kurdish region in northeastern Syria. Accompanied by a White House clarification that US forces in the area would not resist the Turkish incursion and would be shortly withdrawn from Syria, kindled immediate accusations of Washington's betrayal of i...
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The concept of a 360-degree Alliance is one NATO officials often use when referring to the ability of the Alliance to deal with threats coming from various directions. In June 2015, halfway between the NATO Newport and Warsaw Summits, amidst tensions with Russia on the Eastern Flank, a growing terrorist threat from ISIS and the migration crisis on...
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The report finds grounds for optimism but also for managing expectations. President Biden's support for multilateral security approaches is likely to strengthen NATO and regional cooperation, particularly on Russia, but the region cannot expect to be the US' top priority. A return to values-based diplomacy under Biden, too, may put pressure on demo...
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Today three external powers –the US, China and Russia– are the leading players behind great power rivalry in the Middle East. The consequences of the Arab Uprisings, the decline of the post-Cold War order and increasing global rivalry between great powers have led to this regional competition anew. The Middle East –with its rich hydrocarbons, strat...
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The chapter aims to explore the question of Poland’s role in the Alliance and its contribution to NATO’s security. From Polish perspective, NATO’s commitment and reassurance in Central and Eastern Europe has been essential for the stability and regional security. Conversely, Poland’s role in NATO over the last 20 years has proven to be mostly posit...
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(This is just an excerpt from an introduction of a book published in Polish). Założeniem wstępnym niniejszej książki jest ujęcie interwencji zbrojnych jako pewnego rodzaju katalizatora polityki zagranicznej Stanów Zjednoczonych. Pytanie – jaką funkcję odgrywają interwencje, czy stanowią jeden z elementów konsekwentnie opracowanej doktryny polityki...
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The US military strategy in Syria was subjected to two independent variables in this equation: presidents Trump and Erdoğan. The latter was stead- fastly committed to dismantling Rojava and, if possible, expanding the borders of Turkey according to the “National Pact.”9 And the former, loyal to the “America First” doctrine, favored disengagement fr...
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In the clash of narratives between Russia and NATO states, Moscow has clearly gained an upper hand. Russian success stems not only from the fact that the Kremlin has been able to send a much clearer and more coherent message than the Alliance, but also because NATO states do not have one narrative, or counter-narrative. One of the central concerns...
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In April 1949 – at the dawn of the Cold War – twelve countries signed in Washington D.C. the North Atlantic Treaty, creating North Atlantic Treaty Organization, by far the most successful alliance in modern history. Fast-forward to 2019, NATO – comprised now of 29 member states - found itself in crisis. This crisis stems not only from inner struggl...
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The apex of Russia’s engagement arrived in 2015 when Moscow decided to provide militarily support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the Syrian war. Russian military intervention empowered Assad’s forces to crush most of the rebelling groups, thus tipping the balance of power in Assad’s favour as per Russian objectives. For Russia, provisional succes...
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The basic aim of the article is to address a question about the consequences of the crisis in Ukraine to the security policy of the United States in Europe. In order to fulfill this goal, the article analysis key elements of United States’ foreign policy towards NATO members and Rus‐ sian Federation. [article in Polish]
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This paper attempts to trace back Polish fifteen-year record in NATO and put it both in theoretical perspective and in the current transatlantic security discour- se as well. The basic question addressed here deals with the evolution of Poland's role within the Alliance and the transformation of NATO itself.
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Problem of Dysfunctional States in South Asia and Middle East. The Case Study of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen. [chapter in Polish] Concepts of failed, collapsed, weak and fragile states have often been used as a useful – although not perfect – tool to explain and describe political, economic and societal conditions in some of the most- tr...
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Summary The article aims to analyze views of Zbigniew Brzezinski regarding continuity and change in Russian Federation’s foreign policy after the end of the Cold War. As a world leading expert on geopolitics, American and Russian foreign policies, Brzezinski has been a careful observer and critical commentator of Russia’s evolving role in world aff...

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Archived project
The project was financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant (decision number: 3233/B/H03/2010/39, Project Supervisor/Principal Investigator: Robert Kłosowicz). The main aim of the project was to analyze and assess the impact of the failed states phenomenon on contemporary international relations.
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As a world leading expert on geopolitics, American and Russian foreign policies, Brzezinski has been a careful observer and critical commentator of world affairs. Project aims at tracing back his main ideas about geopolitics and international security. In addition it seeks to answer a question about perceptions of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s intellectual legacy in Poland.