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Section of Non-European Area Studies

Section of Non-European Area Studies

The Section of Non-European Studies takes up the problems of non-European countries, as well as the social and economic processes and international relations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Research fields: international relations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, religion in international relations, international political and economic relationsin non-European areas, problems of the countries of the South, foreign policy of selected countries of the South, economic policy of the countries of the South, regionalism in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Didactic activities:

The Section is responsible for four specialties:

  1. American studies
  2. Studies on Africa and the Middle East
  3. East Asian studies
  4. Indian politics and business


  1. Studies on Africa and the Middle East ­– aims to prepare students for an independent analysis of processes and phenomena taking place in these regions. The research and teaching activities of the Section staff focus on conditions and specifics of international processes in both regions, including the research programme carried out in these countries in the area of foreign policy and its various conditions – cultural, religious, political and socio-economic. An important role is played by the study of conflict, the place and importance of the two regions in contemporary international relations and their international and regional specificity. Students and employees of the IIR have the opportunity to actively participate in meetings with experts from various scientific institutions, who have been conducting the study of Africa and the Middle East, as additional lectures and seminars organized by the Section of Non-European Studies. In 2012, we initiated a cooperation with the Centre for Middle Eastern Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, as well as with the universities in Jordan, Israel and Egypt. The Section of Non-European Studies, in cooperation with the SVD Divine Word Missionaries, organizes annual interdisciplinary conferences and seminars on various issues of social, political, cultural and international relations, with a broad reference to parts of Africa and the Middle East. The research conducted by the Section resulted in publications (currently on the market and planned), including in the field of security research in Africa (W. Lizak) or foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa (A. Solarz, in collaboration with the Department of Middle East and North Africa Studies of the University of Lodz).Researchers: Dr Wiesław Lizak, Dr Anna Solarz
  2. American Studies – is dedicated to the analysis of broadly understood international relations perceived from the point of view of countries of the Western hemisphere. Apart from general subjects developing knowledge in international relations, we offer specialist subjects presenting the diversity, divergence and specificity of the American countries. Emphasis is placed equally on political, economic and cultural issues. The issues analysed at the classes and lectures include: history of the region, foreign policy of the individual American countries, regional cooperation and security, transatlantic relations, EU’s relations with countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, influence of the Polish community abroad on the Polish foreign policy, as well as broadly understood cultural studies concerning both Americas. After completing the course, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of the two continents and will be able to understand and elaborate on their specificity compared with the rest of the world. They will be specialists in analysing phenomena and events taking place both in the United States and in Latin America. With their broad knowledge on the cultural specificity of that region, graduates will be able to find jobs not only in the traditional sectors looking for employees specializing in international relations, but also as experts in issues related with the western hemisphere in NGOs focusing on development assistance, organizations dealing with the Polish communities in the Americas (e.g. on-site working with Polish communities in Argentina or Brazil) or tourism. By studying the American studies, students will obtain knowledge that will make them stand out among other graduates of international relations, while not depriving them of any knowledge characteristic of this field of study.Academic staff: Prof. Marcin Florian Gawrycki, Dr Anita Oberda
  3. East Asian Studies – the Asian studies deal with the problems of international studies in Asia and the Pacific, the political and economic dimension of the regional cooperation within the region; they analyse the strategies of superpowers in the region.The East Asian Studies specialty works together with over 20 universities in India, China, Republic of Korea, Nepal and Taiwan. Each year, around 30 students go to study at the partner universities for a semester or a full academic year under our student exchange programme.

    Academic staff: Prof. Edward Haliżak, Dr Bogusław Zaleski, Dr Jakub Zajączkowski (Head of the Centre for Contemporary India Research), Mgr Aleksandra Jaskólska

  4. Indian Politics and Business – the Indian specialty deals with the problems of contemporary India, including the following topics: India’s foreign policy, security, economic and trade policy, economic law, relations between India and the EU. Furthermore, it deals with issues such as: India’s political system, the media in India, culture and civilisation of India, security in South Asia.
    The specialty works in cooperation with 15 universities in India; each year, around 15–20 Polish students go to study in India under our student exchange programme.In the last two years, the specialty organised more than 40 international conferences and seminars.

    The activity of the specialty is related to the Centre for Contemporary India Research.

    Academic staff: Dr Bogusław Zaleski, Dr Jakub Zajączkowski (Head of the Centre for Contemporary India Research), Mgr Aleksandra Jaskólska, Prof. Bogusław Mrozek


  1. Wiesław Lizak, Afrykańskie instytucje bezpieczeństwa (African Security Institutions), Warszawa 2013
  2. Marcin Gawrycki, Strategia Mimikry. Ameryka Łacińska (i nie tylko) w ujęciu postkolonialnym (A Strategy of Mimicry. A Postcolonial View of Latin America and Other Regions), Warszawa 2012
  3. Marcin Florian Gawrycki, Jakub Zajączkowski, Agnieszka Bógdał-Brzezińska red.), Re-Wizje i Re-Orient-acje. Myśl pozaeuropejska w nauce o stosunkach międzynarodowych (Re-Visions and Re-Orientations. Non-European Thought in the International Relations Studies), Warszawa 2012
  4. Anna Solarz, Hanna Schreiber (eds), Religia w stosunkach międzynarodowych (Religion in International Relations), Warszawa 2012
  5. Marcin Florian Gawrycki, Andrzej Szeptycki, Podporządkowanie – niedorozwój – wyobcowanie. Postkolonializm a stosunki międzynarodowe (Dependence – Underdevelopment – Alienation. Postcolonialism and International Relations), Warszawa 2011
  6. Jakub Zajączkowski, Indie w stosunkach międzynarodowych (India in International Relations), Warszawa 2008
  7. Anita Oberda-Monkiewicz, Polityka USA wobec Ameryki Łacińskiej po zimnej wojnie (U.S. Foreign Policy towards Latin America after the Cold War), Warszawa 2009


Section of Non-European Area Studies

Chairman: Prof. Marcin Gawrycki
room 504

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