Dr. Marek Menkiszak is currently the Head of the Russian Department at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw. Prior to this he coordinated three research projects at OSW. He has also has been a visiting researcher at the Finish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki, a member of the EU–Russia Task Force at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and a lecturer at the University of Warsaw. Since 1994 he has been on the staff of Strategic Yearbook, and has written 18 articles for the publication. Other publications include “The Putin Doctrine: the Formation of a Conceptual Framework for Russian Dominance in the Post-Soviet Area,” “Responsibility to Protect…Itself? Russia’s Strategy towards the Crisis in Syria,” and “Troubled Neighborhood: Security Issues in Relations between Poland and USSR/Russia 1989-2000.” Dr. Menkiszak received his PhD and MA from the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw.