Few words about myself

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I am a Polish-American (a Polish romanticist at heart and an American pragmatist in action) and a European-American (European in my appreciation for social safety-nets, consensus-seeking and nations working together and an old-school American in my pursue of democracy in the world).

In the past 15 years, a geographical scope of my work covered a number of countries and regions, a variety of international organizations and institutions, as well as a diverse portfolio of political and civic actors and issues.

I managed study abroad programs, promotion and student recruitment programs, led and developed multidisciplinary and experiential education, field learning and innovative curricular. In addition to my work as an executive of educational programs I also went to the field, supervised parliamentary elections (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lebanon), as well as worked in the capacity of a policy expert, researcher, speaker, and an instructor at different regional institutes in South America, Asia and Europe. I was also an adjunct or visiting professor at various universities, including Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, George Mason University, Rutgers University, United Nations University of Peace, Collegium Civitas, Odessa University, among others.

Since my move from Europe to the United States in 2006 I have worked at four different educational institutions: a liberal arts college, a large university, a private-operating foundation and an international education company before becoming an independent contractor.

As the senior advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, I am a series editor of various publications on civil resistance and one of the editors of its popular Minds of the Movement blog. I also continue my adjunct professorship at Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where I teach a course on civil resistance against tyranny.

My main interest includes effective nonviolent strategies in national defense and in countering disinformation; democratization; civic mobilization around the world; strategic organizing and the use of nonviolent resistance methods to win political, social and economic rights; US foreign affairs, and global politics.

I hold a doctoral degree in Political Science and master of arts in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest. I have completed my undergraduate work at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after having also attended University of Arizona in Tucson and Warsaw University.

To connect with me, visit my Twitter at @macbartkow, Facebook personal page, or email me.

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