Mietek Boduszynski
Assistant Professor, Politics and International Relations, Pomona College


Middle East & North Africa
Foreign Policy & Diplomacy
Claremont, CA
United States

Mietek Boduszynski teaches U.S. Foreign Policy at Pomona, but has also practiced it as a former diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.

As a diplomat, he specialized in public diplomacy and served at U.S. embassies in Albania, Kosovo, Japan, Egypt and Libya. In 2015-2016 he took leave from Pomona to serve as political counselor at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, Iraq, during the height of the battle against the Islamic State.

As a professor at Pomona, he teaches courses on foreign policy as well as the Arab Spring and democratization.

Mietek is writing a book tentatively titled "Full Circle: The International Context of the Arab Spring," which will describe and analyze how the outside world has responded to the momentous changes occurring in the Middle East and North Africa since 2011. Previously, he published a book on democratization in the Balkans.

He is an expert on the Balkans and the modern Middle East, especially Iraq, Libya and Egypt. Boduszynski's article on the 2015-2016 Iraqi protest movement will appear in the October 2016 issue of Journal of Democracy.

Mietek is also a frequent op-ed contributor to publications such as the Los Angeles Times, and is a member of the Pacific Council.

He is fluent in Arabic, Japanese, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, French, Polish.

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