Tomasz Smura defended his PhD thesis at University of Warsaw and is a graduate of the Institute of International Relations of UW. He previously studied also at the University of Nottingham. His doctoral dissertation concerned the development of the system of balance of power in East Asia and his research interests include US foreign policy, East Asia and International Security. Tomasz Smura has been awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, has worked as a Director of Strategy and International Cooperation Office at the strategic state-owned copany and has taken analytical internships at, amongst others, the Department of Strategy and Planning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Polish Institute for International Affairs. He currently works as Director of Research Office at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation.