The Institute is headed by Prof. Longin Pastusiak, PhD.

The deputy director is Bartłomiej E. Nowak, PhD.


The Institute of International Relations – operating since 2006 – is an interdisciplinary scientific and research organizational unit at the Vistula University, which means that the Institute covers both international political relations and international economic and social relations. The subject of research is constituted also the problems of globalization, European integration, American studies and strategic studies.


The scope of activities of the Institute.

The Institute’s scope of activities includes: conducting theoretical, methodological and empirical scientific research on international relations, the impact of international relations on foreign policy and the Polish economy, analysis of the most important international problems of both regional and global nature. The Institute prepares expert opinions and reports for domestic and foreign scientific units and enterprises.

The seminars are open and are attended by scientists from Polish research centres and international experts. The topics of the seminars are, for example problems of ethnonationalism in Central and Eastern Europe; Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; the reason of state in foreign policy; problems of the Arab world; the role of France in the European Union; EU Eastern Partnership; UN Security Council in the international order of the 21st century; four modernizations and globalization of China; the concept of advanced conflict prevention – theory and practice; the Arctic in Canadian politics; what will change when Brexit occurs?; the history of war, future of peace – what’s next? [Ukraine]; Islamic State – 10 things you need to know about ISIS; what is a result of the US election campaign for US internal and foreign policy; Quebec separatism and Canadian unity; inequalities in the global world; the reason of the condition of contemporary Poland; competitiveness of western and eastern Germany; artificial intelligence and the human world – threats and opportunities in the European perspective; ethnicity and politics in Central Europe; humanitarian aid in refugee crises – the example of Syria, Iraq and Uganda; the evolution of NATO strategy – theory of practice; Ireland in an international context and relations with Poland (with guest participation by Gerard Keown, Irish Ambassador in Poland); The European Union in 2018-2019: what evolution should be expected?; Poland in the face of European orders and orders – struggles and disputes over Poland’s place in Europe after 1918.

In the academic year 2019/2020, the Institute proposed the following topics for the seminars: IRA – the phenomenon of the Paramilitary Organization; US – strategic partnership or clientelism towards Poland?; research problems of the 1989-1990 breakthrough – in reference to the book by Daria and Tomasz Nałęcz Time of the 1989-1990 breakthrough; the role of the human factor in the final US-Chinese game; new military technologies of great powers and comparison of military capabilities of the US, Russia and China; formation and collapse of the bipolar system and geopolitical transformations of the 20th century and their deeper causes; about what connects Shiism and Christianity; whether and how to reform the European Union; media democracy as an expression of the information revolution in the 21st century; emotions and prejudices in international relations.

In addition, ISM organizes scientific conferences around problems that are the subject of collective work undertaken at the Institute. The previous scientific conference had the topic “The role of strength in contemporary international relations,” the next was devoted to the problems of global order and the position of Europe.


Research topics and publications.

The Institute initiates research topics that are integrating for the academic staff and the entire academic community. The Institute conducts scientific cooperation with selected scientific institutions, domestic and foreign foundations. In 2019, these were issues of contemporary international relations – political and economic, with particular emphasis on the issue of international (polycentric order) and the risk of its decomposition, the future of European integration, institutional evolution and challenges for the eurozone, the role of China in the economy and global politics and the importance of Germany in the EU; ethnicity and nationalist tendencies, industry 4.0 internationally, as well as the problem of migration and terrorism.

More than twenty Vistula University research workers and several dozen from other scientific centres in the country are associated with the Institute of International Relations. They are both scientists and diplomats and politicians specializing in international politics. Thus, the research conducted by the Institute and its seminars combine the experience of academicians and practitioners, which is a unique quality in the Polish academic community. Persons associated with the Institute publish in many scientific periodicals, they also act as commentators on current international events and experts in television and radio programs, and their texts appear in opinion-forming magazines.

Among the most important books of the Institute’s employees are: Longin Pastusiak: Świat i Polska, Vistula Publishing House, Warsaw 2019 (the hundredth book of Prof. Pastusiak); Longin Pastusiak: Donald Trump. Pierwszy taki prezydent. Bellona Publishing House, Warsaw 2019; Przyszłość międzynarodowego ładu liberalnego i rola Europy. Collective work, Vistula Publishing House, Warsaw 2019; Prezydenci Stanów Zjednoczonych. Jimmy Carter – Donald Trump 1977- … Vistula Publishing House, Warsaw 2018; Siła we współczesnych stosunkach międzynarodowych<.u>. Collective work, Wydawnictwo Uczelnia Vistula, Warsaw 2018; Współczesne stosunki międzynarodowe. Collective work, Wydawnictwo Uczelnia Vistula, Warsaw 2018; Longin Pastusiak, Kontynuacja i zmiana. Polityka zagraniczna prezydentów Stanów Zjednoczonych od Waszyngtona do Obamy, Wydawnictwo Uczelnia Vistula, Warsaw 2016.

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