On September 5, 2019, VNUK-UD was honored to welcome Dr. Karol Kujawa from Vistula University, Poland to VNUK-UD Orientation Week. Dr. Kujawa discussed issues of religion impacting foreign policy around the world.
Dr. Karol Kujawa obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Thought and Culture at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Additionally, Dr. Kujawa has been working at the Department of Culture and Promotion at the Turkish Embassy in Warsaw for 3 years. He has twice been awarded the prestigious Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship in New York. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Academy of Business in Poland, and the postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain. Since 2015 he serves as expert at the governmental research institution – National Science Agency in Poland.
He has lectured on numerous occasions at universities such as Pittsburgh University (US), University of Illinois at the Urbana Champaign (US), University of Chicago, (US), Kujawa has published more than 100 articles and is a co-editor of the books. Kujawa has reviewed more than 50 and coordinated 10 research projects among others in European Union, Turkey and US. He has given more than 500 interviews for international media. In his lecture, Mr. Karol mentioned about Religion in the Foreign Policy: The Case of Turkey, USA and Israel: The presentation examines the role of religion in foreign policy in the contemporary world. It presents data from three countries such as Turkey, USA and Israel by establishing the content, context and function of religion in thinking about international relations. The article argues that in the developing world in two last decades had place an increase in religious values and beliefs in the field of international relations. He claims that religion has a powerful impact on the vectors of the foreign policy. The key role in this process is playing society, which is actually becoming more “de-secularized”. Besides shedding new light on religion in foreign policy, author wonder whether politicised religious leaders might contribute to build long-term peaceful relation between the states and contribute the conflict resolution, or vice versa, increase tension and violence between them.
Come to the lecture of Dr. Karol Kujawa, students and lecturers of VNUK-UD have accumulated for themselves the current knowledge about social culture around the globe, in addition, they also practice their English listening and communication skills.