Centre for Strategic Studies and Forecast
was established by Professor Marian Wilk, Rector of Lodz Academy of
International Studies in October 2005 as an academic research unit.
Its main areas of research are: domestic and international security in the
wake of the rise of the Islamist terrorism, terrorist threats, international
relations in the 21st century and Polish foreign policy.
Centre’s personnel does have experience in co-operating with governmental
bodies, local authorities, media and NGOs.
The Centre, throughout its different activities and publications, will be
trying to: identify the new security challenges for Poland and its allies
both in Europe and worldwide, promote rational and pragmatic view on Polish
foreign policy, launch a wide debate on the issue of countering terrorism in
Poland, strive to propagate the necessary steps on the road to the creation
of a unified counterterrorist systems both in Poland and in the European
Union, offer the most valuable advice on counterterrorist issues to decision
makers and retain and enlarge the group of its contributing experts.
The Centre's director is Ryszard M. Machnikowski,
PhD in Social Science from the University of Lodz, Poland, author of
more than 30 articles and reviews on the issues of European integration,
transatlantic relations, global terrorism and counterterrorism, national
authority on security issues, consultant of different media outlets.
Dr Machnikowski leads a group of enthusiastic researches which includes:
Marcin Dziuba, MA in International Relations from the University
of Lodz, currently finishing a law degree at the same university,
specialises in domestic political violence,
Justyna Michalak, MA in International Relations from the
University of Lodz, PhD student at the Lodz Academy of International
Studies, specialises in nuclear terrorism, bioterrorism and political
integration of the European Union. She is currently working at the
European Parliament on a year long placement.
Arkadiusz Placzek, MA in International Relations from the
University of Lodz, currently a PhD student at the University of Lodz,
specialises in Middle Eastern history and politics. At the moment he is on a
year long placement in Kuwait University.
Kacper Rekawek, MA in International Relations at the
University of Lodz, currently a PhD student at Queen's University
Belfast, specialises in international terrorism and history of warfare.