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Lidia Powirska

Lidia Powirska

Lidia Powirska obtained Master’s degree in International Relations from the Jagiellonin University (2006) and European Masters’ degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (2007) in Venice. Worked in the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (2007), United Nations Integrated Mission in East Timor (2009-2012) and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (2015-2016). Currently works as a senior expert in the Polish MFA. She’s also a member of the Security Sector Reform Advisory Network to the UN. During the academic year 2019/2020 she was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Scholars Program in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at the Harvard University.

Main academic/research interest:

•             Middle East,

•             Conflict Prevention

•             Maritime Security

Scientific work (publications, conferences, professional association membership, grants etc.):


1. Walking the Precipice: Reforming Ukraine through International Pressure, Epicenter, WCFIA, Harvard University;

2. Limits of the European Union's potential of mediation, National Security (quarterly), November 2015 (in Polish);

3. European Union towards piracy and armed robbery off the Somali Coast, Themis Polska Nova, March 2013 (in Polish);

4. International Cooperation in Combating of Piracy off the Somali Coast, Jagiellonian University, November 2008 (in Polish);

5. Kosovo – An Architecture of Independency, Jagiellonian University, February 2008 (in Polish).

6. Through the Ashes of the Minsk Agreements, Epicenter, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, May 2022.

7. Women, peace and security - legal framework and potential for its implementation by the UN police, in: Aleksandra Gasztold, Kornela Oblińska (ed.), Women in the state security system, Elipsa Publishing House, Warsaw 2021, p. 170-194 (in Polish).

Hobbies: Sport, Photography

The place where I can be met most often when I am not at work: library and swimming pool :)