Agnieszka Paczynska

Former Nonresident Fellow

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Agnieszka Paczynska is Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and the Principal Investigator of a United States Institute of Peace-funded project, “Emerging Powers in Post-Conflict and Transitional Settings: the New Politics of Reconstruction.” She is also co-editor with Susan Hirsch of Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change book series published by Ohio University Press.

Paczynska has been a Franklin Fellow/Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) at the United States Department of State and has worked at the American University in Cairo, Warsaw School of Economics, Search for Common Ground and the Brookings Institution. She has observed elections in Liberia, Afghanistan and Egypt and has worked as a conflict analysis consultant for the U.S. State Department, USAID and Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

Paczynska’ research interests include the relationship between economic and political change and conflict, distributive conflicts, the relationship between globalization processes and local conflicts, and post-conflict reconstruction policies. Her research has been funded by grants from International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Vrandenburg Foundation and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) among others. She is the author of State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (Penn State University Press, 2013, updated edition) and has published in the Review of International Political Economy, PS: Politics and Political Science, New Political Science, and Eastern European Politics and Societies, among others.

She holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from New York University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Virginia. 

Research & Writing

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Agnieszka Paczynska Op-Ed on Challenges Facing Next Liberian President

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Emerging and Traditional Donors and Conflict-Affected States: The New Politics of Reconstruction

Over the past two decades there have been significant shifts in international economic dynamics and a gradual restructuring of global political relationships and collaborations. Emerging powers such as China, India, Brazil, and Arab Gulf states have be…

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How is China Supporting Peace and Development?

The ascension of China in a globalized world presents a number of challenges and opportunities in the sphere of conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction, and peacebuilding. While focusing on this particular field of inquiry, we are also propos…

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Recalibrating South Africa’s Role in Post-Conflict Reconstruction Processes in Africa

South Africa’s story as an emerging donor, and an increasing force to reckon with in development partnerships and enterprises, particularly in conflict and post-conflict countries is increasingly being recognized by scholars as well as members of the i…

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Understanding the Emerging Relationship Between China and Africa: The Case of Nigeria

China currently has one of the fastest-growing foreign aid programs in the world and is considered to be one of the top donor countries in the foreseeable future. To date, Sino-African relations have focused on economic recovery and assistance. Th…

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Assets and Aid: Leveraging Warming U.S.-China Economic Relations to Strengthen Investment Guidelines, Development Standards, & Corporate Social Responsibility Practices

As the Trump administration continues to formulate its foreign policies, one clear policy focal point has emerged within the new administration’s priorities – economic and business affairs. Following on Trump’s campaign rhetoric fixated on trade practi…

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Re-Balancing the Triangle: American Strategy in Africa Should Prioritize African Leadership, not Chinese Competition

At the moment, the U.S. is without a strategy for development and diplomatic engagement with Africa. Both the Department of State (DoS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) lack high-level staffing in political positions t…

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Interview with Yousef Al Merag, Director of Disaster Management & Emergency, Kuwait Red Crescent Society

Interview conducted and edited by Mara A. Leichtman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Michigan State University, facilitated by Iman M. Haidar, Coordinator, Operations Center, Disaster Management and Emergency, KRCS, and translated by Ghazi Al-Dhaf…

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Belts, Roads, and Battlegrounds: Chinese Outbound Initiatives in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings

The tallest building in Ethiopia, the African Union’s (AU) sleek new headquarters, is perhaps the most symbolic of Chinese involvement in overseas peace and security affairs. Constructed at a reported cost of more than $200 million,2 the building tower…

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In Post-Conflict Haiti, Brazil Consolidates Its Status as Regional Actor

Haiti, the most fragile and poorest state in the Americas, is plagued by recurring political conflicts and a vicious cycle of instability and violence. After 30 years of a transition from dictatorship to more open and inclusive governance, the democrat…

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India in Afghanistan: Understanding Development Assistance by Emerging Donors to Conflict-Affected Countries

India is increasingly becoming an important donor also to conflict-affected countries. Indian development assistance is important to understand, since India is the world’s third largest economy in purchasing power parity terms (PPP), one of the fastest…

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Kuwaiti Humanitarianism: The History and Expansion of Kuwait’s Foreign Assistance Policies

Kuwait’s self-perception as a humanitarian and benevolent country is often at odds with public opinion of Muslim countries in the West, which remains focused on the financing of terrorism, the propagation of Islam, and other “undemocratic” political po…

Liberia rising? Foreign direct investments, persistent inequalities and political tensions

A key component of post-conflict reconstruction is inclusive and equitable economic development. In the post-Cold War era, Western donors have promoted the liberal peacebuilding model that emphasises democratisation and marketisation to…

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