About the authors


Vladimir Olegovich Rukavishnyikov 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

György (George) Schöpflin is a British-Hungarian historian and political scientist and Emeritus professor. He was Jean Monnet Professor of Politics at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Award for International Relations of the Republic of Hungary (2011). Currently he is elected Member of the European Parliament, and visiting professor at the University of Bologna. He is author of 24 books on Central Europe: Politics, Illusions, Fallacies (Tallin Univ. Press 2012); The dilemmas of Identity (2005); Nation, Identity, Power: The New Politics of Europe (London, Hurst, 2000); Politics in Central Europe 1944-1992 (Oxford, Blackwell, 1993). He is member of International Advisor Committee of Central European Political Science Review. gschopflin@clara.co.uk
Tamás Fricz is a Hungarian political scientist, and freelance journalist. He was senor researcher of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Scientist until 2011. Since 2000 to 2011 he was scientific director of 21 Century Institute, from 1995 to 2010 was editor of Hungarian Political Science Review (Politikatudományi Szemle). He has got political science PhD in 1993 at the University of ELTE Budapest. In the 90-s he was fellows in Humbold University. He wrote 8 books, and many chapters about the Hungarian parties, cleavages, corruptions, and integration of Central Europe. His most important book is: Következmények nélküli ország (Hungary – A Country without any consequences) fricztamas@gmail.com

Tibor Dessewffy is a Hungarian sociologist, Chair of the Department of Social Psychology at ELTE, Faculty of Social Sciences. He obtained his M.A. degrees at the same university: in 1989 from the Law School, and a year later from the Institute of Sociology. He received his PhD. from the University of Amsterdam in 1997. He was a visiting fellow of Boston University, New School for Social Research and University of Edinburgh. In 2010, he was a Fulbright scholar at USC, Los Angeles. His main fields of interest are theories informational societies, political communication, cultural effects of technological development and globalization. Dessewffy is also the leader of the Hungarian section of the World Internet Project. He is a member of the European Council in Foreign Relations and one of the founders of the Spinelli Group.tibor.dessewffy@gmail.com

Zsófia Nagy is a graduate student at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Eötvös Lóránt Science University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. Her researh interests include the sociology of death, medical sociology and political sociology. Her most recent publication is Good Life and Good Death in Hungarian Obituaries, Budapest, 2012, Médiakutató. nzsofia@gmail.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
Zoltán Császár is a Hungarian social scientist. He studied English and Hungarian literature and linguistics earlier at the Bessenyei György Teacher Training College. He worked as a teacher of English as well as a translator and interpreter for 10 years. Before he became a managing director of a language school, he specialized in teaching business English for companies. He started studying for his Master’s Degree as a student of international studies at the College of Nyíregyháza in 2012. It was there, where he became interested in the research of cultural diplomacy. This same specialist field will be the subject of his research when graduating in 2014.csaszarzoltanster@gmail.com

Olena Oliynyk is an architect, urbanist, editor, teacher and interior designer, senior research fellow, professor, Ph.d.,arch. Professor of Interior design department of Institute of Airports, National Aviation University, (from 2005); Founder and chief-editor of “Architecture and Prestige” magazine (from 1995); regional coordinator of the EU granted Project “Regional Cooperation for the Cultural Heritage Development” (from 2012). Vice-president of National Union of Architects (from2011); vice-president of the Kiev organisation of National Union of Architects (from1997); State Prize Winner of Ukraine for architecture (2006); corresponding member of Ukrainian Academy of architecture (from 1999); actual member, chairman of section of historical cities of the Ukrainian National committee of ICOMOS (UNESCO); candidate of architecture (1990), professor (2008), lecturer in interior design and modern architecture history. archiprestig@ukr.net, olena_oliynyk@nsau.org

Peter Bischof is a Hungarian student. In 2009 he was admitted to the BA training in the Politological Department of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pécs, where he graduated with honours. Currently he is an MA student at Political Science Department of University of Pécs. In 2011 he has got the Hungarian Furmann-Prize for his present published articles. bischof.pte.btk@gmail.com
János Sallai Hungarian Professor of International relation, retired Border Guard colonel, currently works as professor at Kodolányi János University College and at National Public Service University. Graduated from the Miklós Zrínyi Military Academy in 1992 as boarder guard. Two years later he received his dr. univ. degree, with a thesis titled: “Hungary’s borders on the maps from the Conquest to 1947.” In 2002 he obtained his PhD degree, his thesis this time was written under the title: “Hungary’s state borders and the historic relations of the Hungarian ethnic borders”. The habilitation process took also place at the University of Debrecen, six years later with the scientific work of: “The Hungarian state border surveillance and ethnic frontier history”. During his research and educational work the author also served as border officer until the day of his retirement in 2006. sallaijanos@t-online.hu