Janusz Bugajski
Born (1954-09-23) 23 September 1954 (age 69)
Nantwich, Cheshire, England, UK
Alma materUniversity of Kent at Canterbury, London School of Economics and Political Science
Occupationpolitical scientist

Janusz Bugajski (born 23 September 1954, in Nantwich, Cheshire, England) is a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the host of the "Bugajski Hour" television shows broadcast in the Balkans. Previously, he held the position of senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)[1] in Washington, D.C., and served as the director of the New European Democracy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).[2]

Bugajski has served as a consultant on East European affairs for various U.S. organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Defense, the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Free Trade Union Institute (AFL-CIO), the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and BBC television in London.[3]

He testifies regularly before the U.S. Congress and also serves as the chair of the South-Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.

Life and career

He immigrated to the United States in 1986. Bugajski is the son of Piotr Bugajski, a teacher, and Jadwiga (Kawska) Bugajski. He is an American of Polish descent and is fluent in both English and Polish. In 1977, he earned a B.A. with Honours from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom, and in 1981, he obtained an M.Ph. in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.[4]

From 1981 to 1983, Bugajski worked as a consultant on Polish affairs for BBC Television in London. In 1984 to 1985, he served as a Senior Research Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Munich, Germany. In 1986, he joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where he established the center's East European department. Bugajski held the position of associate director from 1986 to 1993 and became the director in 1993 for East European Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.[4]

Bugajski was also an adjunct lecturer at the American University in 1991; lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution, the Foreign Service Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center; consultant for the International Republican Institute, the International Research & Exchanges Board, and the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe.[5]


Bugajski was awarded with grants 1988 of the Earhart Foundation, 1989 of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; 1991 with the leadership award of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in recognition of his contribution to international affairs.[5]

He was awarded Medal of Gratitude by the Polish Free Trade Union Solidarity in 2010. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Editorial work

He is a regular contributor to various U.S. and European newspapers and journals.[6]

Bugajski's publications include "Ethnic Politics in Eastern Europe: A Guide to Nationality, Policies, Organizations, and Parties" (M.E. Sharpe, 1994) and his book "Nations in Turmoil: Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Europe" (Westview, 1992 and 1995), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book.[7] He also reflects the arousing tensions between Russia and the West and Russia's "neo-imperialism" at various regions of conflict as e.g. the lessons from the Russian-Georgian War in August 2008.[8]

Selected publications

A list of publications is published on the CSIS homepage[9]

A list of publications on the CEPA website[11]


  1. ^ "Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)". Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Janusz Bugajski]". csis.org.
  3. ^ "Janusz Bugajski". edrc.ro. Centrul de Resurse pentru Diversitate Etnoculturală.
  4. ^ a b "Janusz Bugajski". poles.org.
  5. ^ a b "Bugajski, Janusz 1954-". encyclopedia.com.
  6. ^ Articles and Papers as well as presentations and interviews of Bugajski on the CSIS website.
  7. ^ In WorldCat are listed until now 204 publlcations of Janusz Bugajski.
  8. ^ "Georgian Lessons: Conflicting Russian and Western Interests in the Wider Europe" (PDF). CSIS New European Democracies Project and the Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair in Southeast European Studies, CSIS. November 2010.
  9. ^ "complete list of Bugajski's books and monographs". csis.org.
  10. ^ Janusz Bugajski (2022), Failed State: A Guide to Russia's Rupture (PDF), Washington, D.C.: The Jamestown Foundation, ISBN 9781735275222
  11. ^ Center for European Policy Analysis, Center for European Policy
  12. ^ Janusz Bugajski (10 April 2020), Mind the Gap, Center for European Policy Analysis
  13. ^ Janusz Bugajski (4 March 2020), Vulnerable Europe, Center for European Policy Analysis
  14. ^ Janusz Bugajski (6 January 2020), Is Bosnia a Time Bomb?, Center for European Policy Analysis