About the authors

Past and present in Central Europe

Norman Podhoretz is an American neoconservative political scientist, and son of Jewish immigrants from the Central European region of Galicia, He received Bachelor’s Degrees from both Columbia University. From 1981 to 1987, he was an adviser to the U.S. Information Agency. From 1995 to 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2004. He was one of the original signatories of the ”Statement of Principles” of the Project for the New American Century. He was the neo-conservative editor of Commentary (New York). His latest books are: Why are Jews liberals? 2005: The Bush doctrine: what the President said and what it means Washington, D.C.: Heritage Foundation, 2007: World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism New York: Doubleday, 2009: Why are Jews liberals? New York: Doubleday.www.commentarymagazine.com

Vasile Puscas is a Romanian Historian and political scientist, director of Institute for International Studies of University of Babes-Bolyai, Cluj, Romania. During 2000-2004 he was the Romanian Chief Negotiator with the European Union, and he is considered by many ”responsible” for Romania’s accession to the EU. Currently, he is university professor, member of the Romanian Parliament and a member of the PSD – Social-Democratic Party in Romania. He is highly appreciated both in Romanian political circles and the European ones. He published many chapters and books. His later book is România spre Uniunea Europeană. Negocierile de aderare (2000-2004), Iaşi: Institutul European, 2007; România şi iar România. Note pentru o istorie prezentă, Cluj-Napoca: Eikon, 2007; European Negotiations. A Case Study: The Romania’s Accession to EU. Gorizia, IUIES; “Sticks and Carrots”. Regranting the Most-Favored-Nation Status for Romania (US Congress, 1990-1996) / “Bastoane şi Morcovi”, Reacordarea clauzei naţiunii celei mai favorizate (Congresul SUA, 1990-1996), Cluj-Napoca: Eikon, 2006. www.isi-cluj.ro

Christian Radu Chereji is a Romanian Professor of Conflict manager, Babes-Bólyai University, Cluj Napoca. His field is minority right and conflict resolution. Email: christian_radu70@yahoo.com   chereji@polito.ubbcluj.ro

Dacian Duna is a Romanian political scientist and lecturer of Babes-Bólyai University, Cluj Napoca. His main publication is:  Integrare contra fragmentare: Studii de securitate europeană (2000-2005), Editura Eikon, Cluj-Napoca, 2006, 179 p.; co-autor: Regiune şi regionalizare în Uniunea Europeană / Ilie Ceuşan, Dorin Dolghi, Dacian Duna… ; coord.: Vasile Puşcaş, Adrian Liviu Ivan, Institutul Cultural Roman, Cluj-Napoca, 2004. 156 p.

Goriţă Dorin Ciprian is a Romanian political scientist at the European Institute of Babes-Bólyai University, Cluj Napoca.

János Simon is a Hungarian political scientist, senor research fellow of Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor with habilitation at the University of ELTE-Budapest, and editor of CEPSR among others. Fe was visiting professor of 24 universities of 12 countries. His research field is democracy studies, political parties, elections, political culture, citizen’s behavior, Central European collaboration and the roll of intellectuals. He published 12 books. His latest publications are: The Cultural Dynamism of Hungarian Democratization (under edition); Civilek és demokrácia (Civilians and Democracy) SISZA, Budapest 2010; A politikai kultúra színképei (The Colors of Political Culture in Hungary). Századvég, Budapest 2004.  jsimon@mtapti.hu

Georgi Karasimeonov is a Bulgarian professor of political science at the University of Sofia. He obtained Ma degree at Sofia University, PhD Law (1976); Dr.sci. Philosophy (1989); Actually he is managing director, Institute of Political and Legal Studies, Sofia; professor, University of Sofia, Faculty of Philosophy, Departments of Political Science and of Public Administration, (1991-); visiting professor at the University of Orebro, Faculty of Political Science, Sweden, (1997-); President of the Bulgarian Political Science Association (1991-1998); member of the Political Science Council. His most important publication is: Cleavages, Parties, and Voters: Studies from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania by Kay Lawson (Editor), Andrea Rommele (Editor), Georgi Karasimeonov (Editor)1999, Challenges to Democracy: Eastern Europe Ten Years After the Collapse of Communism by Sten Berglund (Editor), Frank H. Aarebrot (Editor), Georgi Karasimeonov (Editor), Henri Vogt (Editor) 2001, Organizational structures and internal party democracy in South Eastern Europe, Publisher: Sofia : Gorex press, 2006. karas@mail.cyberlink.bg

Tibor Szabó is a Hungarian political philosopher, professor of political science, Director of Department of Political Science at the Universities of Debrecen and Szeged, is teaching history of political and philosophical ideas. His scientific areas are first of all the research of political thinkers like Machiavelli, Gramsci, Sartre and Bobbio. In 1998 he has got Dante Award from the Academy of Florence, and 2004 from the President of Italy the Award “Ordine de la Stella” and “Flaiano Award” from the Republic of Italy. He published more than two hundred scientific papers and twenty books, like on Gramsci’s or G. Lukács’s  political philosophy, on Dante and on the political culture. szabo@jgypk.u-szeged.hu

Mariann Dobó is a Hungarian is a Hungarian political scientist, sociologist and teacher at the College of Eger. She is expert on settlement development. Currently she is Phd student at the University of Pécs of Hungary. Her research topic is decision making and strategy planning of local governments and their regional impacts, analysis of conflicts between local governments of minorities and settlements, education and youth policies.mariann.dobo@gmail.com

István Sümegi is a Hungarian philosopher, professor of Nyugat-Magyarországi Egyetem, Berzsenyi Dániel College – Szombathely.  His current research topic is phenomenology, metapfisics and ontology. His later publication is:  Sümegi István: A boldogság íze. Jelenkor, Pécs 2006. sumegifil@hotmail.com

István Bariska is a Hungarian economist and sociologist. He finished his studies in University of Sussex (in 2004). His research field is on the regionalism, on the Pannon region, and the roll of Central European intellectuals. He recent published the chapter on Central Europe Közép-Európa hosszú árnyéka, 2007. Szombathely-Kőszeg (=Large Shade of Central Europe). ibariska@hotmail.com