ISS: Graduate Research Projects

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The first scholarly volume “International Security Studies. Graduate Research Projects” has just been published. The book brings together a unique series of research papers by international students of Collegium Civitas university, Warsaw, Poland and is part of the master’s degree program International Security Studies.

The contributors to this volume are representatives of various programs available for students in Collegium Civitas – from the European Erasmus+ program to the “Security and Society in the Information Age” summer school program dedicated for students from the U.S. universities. The editors of the publication: Dr Katarzyna Maniszewska and Dr Paulina Piasecka are both experts in security issues and supervisors of the International Security Studies program.

International Security Studies at Collegium Civitas are designed to train future leaders in the field of security, who will be prepared to effectively face the ever changing security challenges in the interconnected world of today. This master’s degree program is implemented under the auspices of the Terrorism Research Center – a leading think-tank and a research unit within Collegium Civitas. In the academic year 2020/2021 the program has been awarded by the National Competition and Accreditation Program “Future-proof studies” which confirms not only the highest quality of education, but also that the program meets the needs of the labor market. The program was also awarded with the “European Laurel” for innovative and unique solutions in internationalization of studies. Throughout the program the participants have worked on own research papers – analyzing a selected security issue of their interest – under the supervision of mentors from the Terrorism Research Center.

The security issues analyzed in this volume include terrorism, hybrid threats, environmental security, threats to human rights. The authors looked for solutions and included recommendations for law enforcement, policy makers and scholars. Authors have explored issues from infodemic – pandemic of disinformation (Michał Pawela) to the significance of women in international peacekeeping missions (Loise Wachira); from perspectives for the use of drones in security issues (Rauan Zhaksybergen) to issues of evolution of the right to privacy in times of COVID-19 crisis (Dao Thi Nguyet); from Islamist terrorism in the French context (Cédric Ménissier) to environmental security (Yuliia Harashchenko); from Chinese securitized information strategy in support of military-civil fusion (Jefferson T. Stamp) to terrorism (Mykola Blashkiv) and sexual consent (Khrystyna Pelchar).

The book is available in PDF format, free of charge and under Creative Commons license:

Learn more about the Master’s degree in International Security Studies: Enrollment for the academic year 2022/2023 starts on April 19.