Dr. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė


Dr. Dovile Jakniunaite is professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, head of the Institute’s Russia and Central Eastern European Studies Center.. Her main fields of expertise are foreign policy analysis, security studies, international relations theory, border studies, EU Eastern Partnership policy. She is the author of the books Kur prasideda ir baigiasi Rusija: kaimynystė tarptautinėje politikoje [Where Russia Begins and Ends: Neighborhood in International Relations] (2007) and Kaip tapti valstybe: sienos ir erdvės Gruzijos teritoriniuose konfliktuose [How to Become a State: Spaces and Territories in Georgian Territorial Conflicts] (2017), editor of Ambicingas dešimtmetis: Lietuvos užsienio politika 2004-2014 [An Ambitious Decade: Lithuanian Foreign Policy 2004-2014]. She works at the Institute since 2003, has had fellowships in Cracow, Creighton, Florida, Tbilisi universities, in 2017 received Vilnius University Rector’s award for yearly scientific achivements, currently is contributing to the Horizon 2020 project “EU-STRAT: The EU and Eastern Partnership countries: an inside-out analysis and strategic assessment”.

Courses taught

Power and communication

International relations and their theories

International Politics

Foreign Policy Analysis


Research interests

Foreign policy analysis and identity studies

Security studies

Border studies

International relations theory

Russian identity and foreign policy

Lithuanian foreign policy

Conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine

De facto states

EU EaP policy


Kaip tapti valstybe: sienos ir erdvės Gruzijos teritoriniuose konfliktuose [How to Become a State: Spaces and Territories in Georgian Territorial Conflicts], Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2017

"Invested in Ukraine: The Struggle of Lithuania against Russia Over the Future of Europe", in G. Besier, K. Stoklosa, (eds.), Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From Soviet Union into Eurasia?, Routledge, 2017, pp. 119–132

Together with Ž. M. Vaicekauskaite, "Baltic Sea Region-Building: An Impossibility, or an Inability to Finish?", in A. Makarychev, A. Yatsyk, A. (eds.), Borders in the Baltic Sea Region: Suturing the Ruptures, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 103–124

"Changes in Security Policy and Perceptions of the Baltic States 2014 – 2016", Journal of Baltic Security, 2016, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 6–34

"Sienos ir erdvės: konceptualizacijų paieškos XXI amžiaus teritoriniams konfliktams Rytų Europoje analizuoti" [Analysing Borders and Spaces: Insights for the Analysis of the Territorial Conflicts in Eastern Europe], Politologija, 2016, vol. 83, pp. 66–92

"A Small State in the Asymmetrical Bilateral Relations: Lithuania in Lithuanian-Russian Relations since 2004", Baltic Journal of Political Science, 2015, vol. 4, pp. 70–93

"Kaip kalbėsime apie 2004-2014 m. Lietuvos užsienio politiką?" [How we are going to speak about Lithuanian foreign policy of 2004-2014?], in D. Jakniūnaitė (sud.), Ambicingas dešimtmetis: 2004-2014 [An Ambitious Decade: Lithuanian Foreign Policy 2004-2014], Vilnius, Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2015, pp. 7–30

"Critical Security Studies in the 21st Century: Any Directions for Lithuanian Security Studies?’, Lithuanian Annual Strategic Review, 2014, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 33–52

"Baltijos valstybės ir Rusija: liminali dvišalių santykių būsena" [Baltic States and Russia: Liminal foreign policy with undefined borders], Politologija, 2013, vol. 71, pp. 21–45

Together with E. Nekrašas, "Kaip tirti tarptautinius santykius konstruktyvistiškai: filosofinių prielaidų ir teorinių nuostatų analizė" [How to do Research in International Relations ‘Constructively’: Analysis of the Main Philosophical Assumptions and Theoretical Principles], Politologija, 2010, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 29–58