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Jacek Durklec

Dr. Jacek Durkalec is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is also affiliated to the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University.

His research focuses on US policy of extended deterrence in the context of current global challenges and increasingly integrated spheres of strategic deterrence and influence. In particular, he explores similarities, differences and links between U.S. security commitments in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific. His areas of interest also include NATO deterrence and defense policy, nuclear and conventional arms control, missile defense, and WMD non-proliferation.

Prior to joining LLNL, from 2010 to 2017, he was a Research Analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). He was also a Staff Member in the Missile Defence Office of the Polish Ministry of National Defence in 2009-2010, and an intern in the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2008.

Jacek holds a doctorate in Political Science (2016) and master's degree in International Relations (2008) from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. In 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar at the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

His doctoral dissertation examined how, why, and to what extent U.S. extended deterrence arrangements in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific (particularly Australia, Japan, and South Korea) create interdependencies between the U.S. allies in these two regions. His doctoral research was funded by the "Etiuda 2" scholarship awarded by the Polish National Science Centre.

Jacek authored more than 50 publications, including book chapters, reports, articles and analyses, and has spoken at more than 50 conferences and seminars.

Selected Publications:

"European Security without the INF Treaty", NATO Review, September 2019.

"The 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, NATO's Brussels Summit and Beyond", Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, June 2018.

"The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty at fifty: a midlife crisis", NATO Review, June 2018.

"U.S. Extended Deterrence in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific: Similarities, Differences, and Interdependencies, Workshop Summary", Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, January 2018.

"NATO Nuclear Adaptation at the Warsaw Summit" [in:] NATO and Collective Defense in the 21st Century: An Assessment of the Warsaw Summit , K. Friis (ed.), Routledge 2017.

"NATO's Nuclear Deterrence: Closing Credibility Gaps", The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, no.1/2016, pp. 37-50 (with M. Kroenig).

Nuclear-Backed "Little Green Men:" Nuclear Messaging in the Ukrain Crisis, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, July 2015.

Options for Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures Related to Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons in Europe: Cost-Benefit Matrix, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, July 2014 (co-authored with A. Zagorski).

"The Role of Missile Defence in NATO Deterrence" [in:] M.A. Piotrowski (ed.), Regional Approaches to the role of Missile Defence in Reducing Nuclear Threats, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, July 2013.

"The Proliferation Security Initiative: Evolution and Future Prospects", EU Non-Proliferation Papers, no. 16, June 2012.