Dr. Tomas Janeliūnas

Professor, Research professor

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Tomas Janeliūnas (born 1977) has been a full-time professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS), Vilnius University, since 2015. He has been lecturing in the IIRPS since 2003. Janeliūnas has a PhD in Political Science from Vilnius University.

From 2013 to 2018 he served as a head of Department of International Relations at the IIRPS. From 2009 to 2020 Janeliūnas was an Editor-in-Chief of the main Lithuanian academic quarterly in Political Science and International Relations Politologija (Political Science). From 2007 to 2014 he also served as an Editor in Chief of another academic journal Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review.

He was an expert to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (opinion and recommendation for the review of Lithuania’s National Security Strategy), 2016 and 2020. Janeliūnas also provided expert opinion on the Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (REX/458-EESC-2016) and the Joint Consultation Paper Towards a new European neighbourhood policy (REX/447-EESC-2015) for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Research projects and grants

Grybauskaitė’s Doctrine: Lithuanian Foreign Policy and the Role of the President. Lithuanian Research Council, Lithuanian Studies Program. (No.S-LIP-18-46). 2018-2019. The project’s leader and the solely researcher.

Priorities of the Central and Eastern European Countries in the context of Energy Union,  Project supported by Slovak Research and Development Agency under contract no. APVV-16-0062. A project member. 2019-2020

NATO’s Northeast Quartet: Prospects and Opportunities for Baltic-Polish Defence Cooperation. International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia. 2018. (Project contributor in Lithuania)

Scenarious of Russia’s development: Implications for Lithuanian and regional security. Lithuanian Research Council, (No. REP-7/2015). 2015-2016. Center for Eastern European Studies. Supervision of the research group (in cooperation with Vilius Ivanauskas).

Courses taught

The foreign policy of the great powers

Strategic Studies

Lithuanian National Security and Foreign Policy

Research interests

International Relations

Foreign Policy Analysis

Security Studies

Energy Policy


Janeliūnas T. (2021) Foreign Policy Analysis of a Baltic State. Lithuania and ‘Grybauskaitė Doctrine‘. Abingdon& London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Foreign-Policy-Analysis-of-a-Baltic-State-Lithuania-and-Grybauskaite/Janeliunas/p/book/9780367863180

Janeliūnas T. (2019). D. Grybauskaitės doktrina: Lietuvos užsienio politikos kaita 2009-2019. Vilnius: Eugrimas. https://www.knygos.lt/lt/knygos/d--grybauskaites-doktrina--lietuvos-uzsienio-politikos-kaita-2009-2019/

Janeliūnas, T. (2021). Energy transformation in Lithuania: aiming for the grand changes, In Mišík M. & Oravcová V. (Eds.), From Economic to Energy Transition (pp. 283-313) London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55085-1_10

Janeliūnas T. (2020). Changes and adjustments in foreign policy of Lithuania during the Grybauskaitė‘s presidency. Journal of Baltic Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/01629778.2021.1876120

Janeliūnas T., Tumkevič A. (2020). Avoiding a cyber world war: rational motives for negative cooperation among the United States, China and Russia. In Vladlena Benson, John McAlaney (Eds.) Emerging cyber threats and cognitive vulnerabilities. 1st edition (pp. 117-143), Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1080/01629778.2021.1876120

Janeliūnas, T., Kojala L. (2019). External forces and Russian foreign policy: Simulation of identity narratives inside Putin’s regime. International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis, Volume: 74 issue: 2, 258-281. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020702019854003

Janeliūnas, T. (2018). The Deterrence Strategy of Lithuania: In Search of Right Combination, in Deterring Russia in Europe. Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States (Eds. Nora Vanaga, Toms Rostoks), Routledge, (pp. 180-199). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351250641-11

Janeliūnas, T. (2017). „Gruzijos saugumo politikos pokyčiai po 2012 m. ir kintanti saugumo tapatybė“ Politologija, 2017/1 (85), P. 56-101. https://doi.org/10.15388/Polit.2017.1.10670

Janeliūnas T., Ivanauskas V., Jasutis G., Jonavičius et al. (2016). Rusijos raidos scenarijai: implikacijos Lietuvos ir regiono saugumui. Vilnius: Aukso žuvys. https://www.eesc.lt/uploads/news/id973/Rusijos%20raidos%20scenarijai%20RESC_LT.pdf