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Kacper Rękawek

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Photo: Magda Pawluczuk
Fields of expertise:
  • International terrorism
  • Terrorist organisations
  • Asymmetric threats
  • International conflicts


  • 2006-2009: Queen’s University Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, full time PhD studies
  • 2000-2005: University of Lodz, Faculty of International Relations and Political Studies, full time MA studies

Professional experience:

  • 2011-up till now: analyst, European Security and Defence Economics project, PISM
  • 2009-2011: adjunct professor, International Relations Research Cluster, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2005-2006: teaching assistant, Lodz Academy of International Studies


  • English
  • French

Selected publications


  •  Irish Republican Terrorism and Politics: Comparative study of the Official and Provisional IRA, Routledge, London 2011

Edited volumes:

  • Non-military aspects of security in V4 countries – prospects for co-operation, The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, 2011

Book chapters:

  • Major Breakthrough or ‘Temporary Little Arrangement?’ The Labour Party’s 2011 Electoral Success in Historical Perspective, w przygotowaniu, [in:] L. Weeks, A. Clarke (eds.) Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Political Life,  History Press, Dublin, 2012, co-author
  • The Threat of Terrorism to the Visegrad Group Countries, [in:] K. Rekawek (ed.), Non-military aspects of security in V4 countries – prospects for co-operation, The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, 2011,
  • Stickies and Provos: confusion within Irish republicanism 1969-1975, [in:] O.Coquelin, P. Galliou, T. Robin (eds.), Political Ideology in Ireland: From the Enlightenment to the Present, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2009,
  • Przemiana północnoirlandzkich organizacji terrorystycznych w partie polityczne, [in:] M. J. Malinowski, R. Ożarowski, W. Grabowski (eds.), Ewolucja terroryzmu na przełomie XX i XXI wieku, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, Gdański, 2009,
  • Wielka Brytania, jako priorytetowy cel islamistów po 7 lipca 2005, [in:] M. Żuber (ed.), Katastrofy naturalne i cywilizacyjne.Zagrożenia cywilizacyjne początku XXI wieku, Wyższa Szkoła Oficerska Wojska Lądowych im. gen. Tadeusza Kościuszki, Wrocław, 2008,
  • Global Islamic Terrorist Networks (GITNs) in the UK, [in:] P. Mickiewicz, K. Kubiak (eds.), From Total War to War Against Terrorism, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Dolnośląskiej Szkoły Wyższej Edukacji TWP we Wrocławiu, Wrocław, 2007,
  • Globalne sieci islamistyczne (GSI) w Europie Zachodniej w XXI wieku, [in:] M. Żuber (ed.), Katastrofy naturalne i cywilizacyjne. Terroryzm współczesny. Aspekty polityczne, społeczne i ekonomiczne, Wyższa Szkoła Oficerska Wojska Lądowych im. gen. Tadeusza Kościuszki, Wrocław, 2006. 

Articles in periodicals (refereed only):

  •  “Their history is a bit like our history”.  Comparative Assessment of the Official and the Provisional IRAs.", submitted to Terrorism & Political Violence, article under review,
  • “From mainstream to minor and back – The Irish Labour Party, 1987-1992”, Irish Political Studies (Special issue on minor parties and independents in Ireland), 2010, co-author
  • “The Belfast International Terrorism Workshop – Introduction”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2009, co-author
  • “How Terrorism Ends: The Case of the Official Irish Republican Army”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2008,
  • “Media jako źródło zagrożeń podczas imprez masowych na przykładzie wizyty Elżbiety II w Irlandii Północnej w 1977 roku”, Zeszyty Naukowe WSOWL, Nr 4 (150) 2008.
  • “In the Shadow of the Crescent – the Tatar Minority in Poland”, International Studies – Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal, Vol. 1., nr 1/2003, co-author

Press articles:

  • „Irlandzka Armia Kryminalna”, Wprost, June 2005, no. 24/2005,
  • „Od rozbrojenia do...”, MMS Komandos,  April 2005, no. 4/2005,
  • „Za Boga i Ulster cz. 2”, MMS Komandos,  February 2005, no.  2/2005,
  • „Za Boga i Ulster cz. 1”, MMS Komandos, January 2005, no. 1/2005

PISM Analysis:

  • International Implications of the Irish 2011 General Election, Bulletin PISM, no. 22 (239), February 2011,
  • Al Qaeda and the Revolutions in the Arab World, Bulletin PISM, no. 26 (243), March 2011, Transformation of the Chechen Insurgency, PISM Policy Paper, no. 6, April 2011,
  • European Counterterrorism: Current State of Affairs and Prospects, Bulletin PISM, no. 46 (263), May 2011,
  • (co-author) Implications of Osama bin Laden’s Death for the Conflict in Afghanistan, Bulletin PISM, no. 51 (268), May 2011,
  • Al Qaeda Under New Leadership, Bulletin PISM, no. 65 (282), June 2011,
  • (co-author) Consequences of the Terrorist Attacks in Norway for Norwegian Internal Security and Immigration Policies, Bulletin PISM, no. 81 (298), August 2011
  • How Terrorist Leaders End: Implications for the Future of the Struggle with al-Qaeda, PISM Policy Paper no. 15, September 2011,
  • The Threat of Terrorism in Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Bulletin PISM, no. 101 (318), November 2011