About the authors

The role of armed forces in Central Europe

Csaba Hende is Minister of Defense of the Republic of Hungary. He was born in Szombathely on 5th February, 1960. In 1983 he graduated from the Faculty of Law at ELTE University Budapest, than he worked as a lawyer. From 1989 until 2002, he was a member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF), executive board in Vas County. In summer 2001 he was one of the contributors to the electoral co-operation agreement and political alliance signed by the Alliance of Young Democrats (FIDESZ) and the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF). In April 2002 he became a Member of Parliament via the two parties’ joint list, representing his party on several parliamentary committees, e.g.: the Parliament’s Defense Committee. In 2004 he joined the Parliamentary Fraction of FIDESZ. At the 2006 and 2010 general elections he won a parliamentary seat for a constituency in Vas County. From 2005 to 2010 he worked as a notary of Parliament. From 27th April 2009 to 2010 he was a member of the Parliament’s National Security Committee. He is one of the most popular Hungarian political leaders of the Orbán-government. farkas.aniko@hm.gov.hu

József Padányi is a Hungarian professor of military studies. He is holding the position of Deputy Rector at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defense University, as a full professor. His fields of research are in the area of engineer support for military operations, peace support and military tasks of the protection against disasters. After participating in various domestic functions he was serving in international peacekeeping missions such as IFOR and SFOR. He was three times for a total of two years in the Balkans. He was managing professional works, such as the preparation the Mostar Old Bridge restoration and the building of the SFOR headquarters in Sarajevo. He is working in the higher education more than ten years. Many publications of him dealt with the evolution of military force, the last twenty years changes in the Hungarian Army. He is a professional soldier, colonel in the Hungarian Armed Forces gretaczene@gmail.com

Máté Szabó is Hungarian Ombudsman, and professor of political science of the University Eötvös Loránd, Faculty of State and Law, Institute of the Political Science and he is the ombudsman of the Hungarian Republic since 2007. He was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Hamburg, Berlin, Mainz and Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany, and was a visiting fellow of the Netherlands Institute of the Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, and of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He is specialized in civil society, social movements and political protest. His published several books, his main publications are The Challenge of Europeanization in the Region: East Central Europe (eds.). HPSA: Budapest. 1996.; “Policing Towards Movement and Countermovement Mobilization” in: Central European Political Science Review (Vol. 1. No. 2.) 2000/2.143-174.; “Political Science in Hungary” in: Hans-Dieter Klingemann – Ewa Kulesza – Annette Legutke (eds.): The State of Political Science in Central and Eastern Europe. Ed. Sigma. Berlin. 2002. 129-157.matedoc@ludens.elte.hu

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavisnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005.rukavish@hotmail.com

Jody Jensen is an English-Hungarian political scientist, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. She is also the Director of International Relations for the European University Institute in Kőszeg, Hungary where she teaches in the International MA Program in International Relations and European Studies. Her current research topics and courses include global governance and global civil society, transformation of the nation state and governing global markets. jodyjensen@yahoo.com

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu

Kenessey Csaba is a well-know Hungarian journalist, living in Swizterland. He was born on 1st January 1935 in Budapest. Visited schools in Hungary, school leaving diploma in 1955. Because of political activities during the Hungarian revolution, escape from Hungary to Switzerland in 1956. Swiss citizen since 1971. Since 1956 up to now-a-days highly active in political issues, achievement, reward in journalism in 2009.csaba@kenessey.com