Dr. Asta Maskaliūnaitė

Lecturer, War and Conflict Studies


Dr. Asta Maskaliūnaitė started her studies at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Vilnius and received her M.A. and Ph.D. – both in Political Science – from the Central European University in Budapest. She has been working on the issues of terrorism since 1999. During the Ph.D. research she concentrated on the case of ETA and the role of this organisation in Spanish political life, looking into these issues through the prism of discourse theory. Her current research also includes an investigation into the conceptual origins of terrorism; the use of discourse theories in researching terrorism and counterterrorism and the role of social science in professional military education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Terrorism
  • Political violence
  • Nationalism
  • Conflict resolution
  • Philosophy of social science

Selected Publications

  • Maskaliūnaitė, Asta. 2013. Leaders make history but they do not make it as they please. Polish Quarterly of International Affairs (Special issue on occasion of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on 'The Perseverance of Terrorism: Focus on Leaders'. 2013, 22, 1.
  • Maskaliūnaitė, Asta. 2011. Terror ja demokraatia (Terror and democracy). Diplomaatia. September, 2011, 97.
  • Maskaliūnaitė, Asta. 2011. Hierarchies of Identities in a Stateless Nation Community: Case of Spanish Basque Country. [eds.] Brigita Balogh et. al. Proceedings of the International Conference European, National and Regional Identity. Oradea: University of Oradea Publishing House, 2011.
  • Maskaliūnaitė, Asta. 2009. Dirty War, Or: How Democracies Can Lose in the Fight Against Terrorism. [eds.] Ted Van Baarda and Désiree Verweij. The Moral Dimension of Asymmetric Warfare: Counter-terrorism, Democratic Values and Military Ethics. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009.
  • Maskaliūnaitė, Asta. 2008. Old Violences, New Challenges: Adaptation of Basque ETA To Its Changing Environment. [eds.] Richard Devetak and Christopher Hughes. The Globalization of Political Violence: Globalization's Shadow. Abingdon: Routledge 2008.

Languages Spoken

English, Lithuanian and Spanish

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