Maciej Falkowski - political scientist, journalist, traveller, president of the Kaukaz.net Foundation
Graduate of the International Relations Department (2002) and East European Studies at the University of Warsaw (2007).
Has worked at the Centre for Eastern Studies (CES) in Warsaw since 2002, initially at the Russian Department, currently at the Department of the Caucasus and Central Asia. His duties include monitoring and analysing of the political, economic and social situation in the North and South Caucasus and in Central Asia. Writes and edits scientific papers, analyses, information memos. Since 2008, one of the coordinators of the Islamic Project realised by the CES. Has experience in dealing with the media (commenting of current events in the Caucasus, participation in TV and radio programs, giving interviews).
Held lectures at the University of Warsaw and at the Academy of National Defence (Warsaw).
Participated in several study tours to the countries of the former USSR and conferences (Moscow, Brussels, Rome, Tbilisi, Warsaw).
The author of an English-language blog about Turkmenistan (www.turkmenistan.neweurasia.net) which is a part of the joint project of the Neweurasia.net and Transitions Online.
Annually travels to the countries of the former USSR, especially to the Caucasus and Central Asia, Russia and Ukraine. Also visited Iran, Turkey and South America.
Between 2002-2004 participated in a project called “The School of Young Leaders of Democracy” realised by the Education for Democracy Foundation and financed by the Stefan Batory Foundation, whereby participated in study tours to Azerbaijan (July 2002) and Armenia (February 2004), collaborated with NGOs from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, met with government representatives and opposition leaders, journalists and human rights activists.
Co-ordinated and participated in projects realised by the Kaukaz.net Foundation: “The Poles in Dagestan”, “Acting in the Caucasus”, “Dagestan on-line. Internet in the service of civil society”.
• Christianity in Dagestan, Przegląd Powszechny, January 2008;
•Sharia law in the service of communism. The Bolshevik propaganda in the North Caucasus in 1920s; www.kaukaz.net, December 2007;
•The Caucasus savoir-vivre, www.kaukaz.net, November 2007;
•The tiger of the Caucasus (and not just that), Tygodnik Powszechny (special supplement: New Eastern Europe) of 4 June 2007;
•Auls in alpine meadows, Gazeta Wyborcza (the Tourism (Turystyka) supplement) of April 2007;
•Chechnya: between a Caucasian Jihad and “hidden” separatism, Policy Briefs, CES, January 2007;
•Chechnya and the North Caucasus after the Beslan attack, in: Chechnya – Russia. Myths and reality, Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, 2006;
•Russia’s policy in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, CES Studies, June 2006;
•Azerbaijani alphabet, www.kaukaz.net, August 2005;
•Notes from the trip around Chechnya, www.kaukaz.net, August 2005;
•War before a TV set, Tygodnik Powszechny of July 2005;
•North Caucasus: the Russian Gordian knot. The main conflicts and problems in the region, CES Studies, December 2004;
•Increasingly further from Russia, Tygodnik Powszechny, September 2004;
•Chechnya and Russia: significance of the Chechen issue for contemporary Russia, CES Studies, September 2003;
•Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, Oboz, no. 39/2001.
Together with spouse, translated Ahmed Rashid’s book “Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia” (Warsaw, Dialog 2003) into Polish.
Fascinated mainly by the Caucasus, its history, culture, traditions and nature, travels to the region not only professionally, but also on private vacation trips. His fascination with the Caucasus resulted in the establishment of the www.kaukaz.net website and the Kaukaz.net Foundation set up together with Iwona Kaliszewska, Karolina Rzemieniuk and Patrycja Prześlakiewicz.