Maciej Olchawa grew up in Chicago and attended Loyola University where he received a BA in history and international studies. He graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow with an MA in Central and Eastern European studies and an MA in Ukrainian studies. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as a policy adviser on Ukraine in the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. He is the author of books "Imperial Games: Ukraine in the United States’ Geopolitical Strategy" (Krakow: Arcana 2009); "Stars and Trident: The European Integration of Ukraine" (Krakow: St. Volodymyr Foundation 2013). Maciej's newest book entitled "Mission Ukraine: The 2012-2013 Diplomatic Effort to Secure Ties with Europe" will be published in July 2017 by McFarland. His articles have appeared in several academic journals as well as in The Diplomat and The Huffington Post.