Jacek Durkalec

Research Interests

U.S. Extended Deterrence in Europe and Asia-Pacific; NATO Deterrence Policy and Posture; Nuclear and Conventional Arms Control; Missile Defense; WMD Non-proliferation


Jacek Durkalec is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in Political Science (2016) and master’s degree in International Relations (2008) from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. His research focuses on U.S. policy of extended deterrence, in particular similarities, differences and interdependencies between U.S. security commitments in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific. His areas of interest also include NATO deterrence and defense policy and posture, 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 visiting scholar at the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA in 2015, a Staff Member in the Missile Defense Office of the Polish Ministry of National Defense 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 authored more than 50 publications, including book chapters, reports, articles and analyses, and contributed as a speaker to more than 50 conferences and seminars. He guest lectured at the NATO Defense College in Rome and the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, and co-authored the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium e-learning unit on arms control in Europe.