The Department investigates changes in regional and global system, strategic capacity of the state to account for and to react to these changes as well as evolution of state institutions. We place our research within two theoretical traditions: theory of international relations and theory of state. We rely on theoretical analysis, institutional analysis as well as statistical and comparative methods.
Research carried out within the Department has two principal objectives: 1) enlarging our knowledge about the nature of internal and external changes in the global environment as well as trends regarding evolution of the institutional structures of the nation state; 2) assessing changes in the regional and world security system in the context of Poland’s interests.
Asia and Pacific – East Asian Research Centre
The Department carries out research on socio-political and institutional transformation in selected Asian countries, with additional focus on intra-regional international developments. Emphasis is also put on political and economic relations of these countries with Poland. Main research areas include: internal and external policies of the People’s Republic of China, ethnic and nation-building processes in the region, political system and ideology of North Korea, new political forces in India, political and economic issues in Mongolia as well as relations of all these countries with Poland. Methodologically, we rely on documents’ analysis and archive queries as well as extensive field research in Asia.
The main objective of the research team is to familiarize Polish political, intellectual and economic elites with key political processes taking place in East Asia as well as their impact on Poland’s political and economic relations with the region. Our researchers analyze current events and communicate extensively with decision-makers and the general public. The focus is on explaining policies of Asian powers – China and India, especially those related to Poland and Central-Eastern Europe, for example ‘New Silk Road’ and the 16+1 initiative.