(born 1960) he is a historian, a journalist and a humanities professor; he runs the Eastern European History Institute at the Jagiellonian University and the History of Russia and the Soviet Union Workshop at the History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has lectured on the history of Eastern Europe at universities in America (Columbia, Rice, Harvard), England (Cambridge, London Univ.), in Dublin, Tokyo, Brno, and Warsaw, and at Collegium Civitas. He is currently a member of the PAN-RAN Polish-Russian Historical Commission; the board of editors of “Kwartalnik Historyczny” and “Dzieje Najnowsze”; he is also a member of the Central European Commission and the Eastern European Commission of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Since 1981 he has also written reportage. First in the 1980s, in the underground press, mainly on Poland’s relationships with its neighbors to the East. From 1988 to 1991 he was editorial secretary, and from 1991-1994 editor-in-chief of “Arka,” the leading bimonthly from the underground times; since 1994 he has been editor-in-chief of the cultural/politics bimonthly “ARCANA.”
He has published 20 books and nearly 200 articles and academic reviews in academic journals, post-conference materials, and collective works in Poland, Russia, the United States, Italy, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, and Germany. He has also written 400 pieces of journalism, and published several dozen press interviews, including those with Alain Besançon, Joseph Brodsky, Zbigniew Brzeziński, Vladimir Bukovsky, Jarosław Kaczyński, Lech Kaczyński, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Irving Kristol, Czesław Miłosz, Cardinal Stanisław Nagy, Father Richard Neuhaus, Michael Novak, Richard Pipes, Norman Podhoretz, Roger Scruton, Walt Rostow, Lech Wałęsa and others.