About the authors

DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN CENTRAL EUROPE

Laurence Whitehead is an Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University (UK), and Senior Fellow of the College.  During 2005/6 he served as Acting Warden of the College. In March 2011 he takes up a one-year post as Senior Proctor of the University. His most recent books are Latin America: A New Interpretation, (Palgrave, 2006), second rev. updated ed. 2010; Democratization: Theory and Experience (OUP, 2002).  His most recent edited publication is The Obama Administration and the Americas: Shifting the Balance (Brookings Press, 2010), which he produced jointly with A. Lowenthal and Th. J. Piccone. Among recent articles there is “Losing ‘the Force’? The Dark Side of democratization after Iraq“ in Democratization, April 2009 and “The Crash of “08” in the Journal of Democracy, January 2010. He is editor of an Oxford University Press series, ‘Studies in Democratization’ and President of the Conseil Scientifique of the Institut des Ameriques in Paris, and belongs to the steering committee of the Red Eurolatinoamericano de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo.
laurence.whitehead@nuffield.ox.ac.uk

Carlos Flores Juberías is a Spanish professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia. He got his JD in 1993. He was Fulbright scholar (1993-94) and visiting lecturer (1994-95) at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently Professor and Editor-in-chief of the Cuadernos Constitucionales, secretary of Valencian Association of Public management (AVGP). He coordinated the first five Spanish Conferences of East European Studies. His publications have been focused mainly on the comparative study of elections and electoral systems, the formation of party systems, constitution making process, and the EU integration of Central and Eastern European countries. His latest books are: Estudiossobre Europa Oriental (2002); Russia y visperas de su future (2004); De la Europa del Este al este de Europa (2006). carlos.flores@uv.es

Ferenc Gazdag is a Hungarian historian, DsC University of Public Service, Faculty of International and European Studies. 1991-2000: director. Institute for Strategic and Defense Studies. 2000-2003: Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Department of Security and Disarmaments. Special fields: Hungarian foreign and security policy, European integration, security studies. Publications: History of France 1945-1990, introduction to security studies, Hungarian foreign policy in 20th century. He was invited professor at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris-III, and Sorbonne-8 Saint-Denis.  He wrote lot of books and chapters about international relations and security studies. Towards the Centre or the Peripheries? (with L.Kiss.J.) In: John O’Sullivan, Kálmán Pócza (szerk.) The Second Term of Viktor Orbán: Beyond Prejudice and Enthusiasm. 304 p. London: Social Affairs Unit, 2015; Entre coopération et antagonismes. 166 p. Talmont: Éd. Codex, 2014. pp. 107-118. gazdag@ihasz9.hu

László Kiss Gy. is a Hungarian professor emeritus of political science of the University  Corvinus, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute  for International Studies Budapest, former research director of Hungarian Institute of Foreign Relations (2007-2013) and editor-in-chief of Külügyi Szemle (Foreign Policy Review) 2010-2014, professor for political science of Andrássy German-Speaking University Budapest (2001-2009). He is specialized in international security and foreign policy theories, in Hungarian and German, Austrian foreign policy. His main publications are:  Globalization and Foreign Policy. Teleki Foundation Budapest, 2000; Foreign Policy and National Identity in East-Central Europe In: Foreign Policy Review 2003/ 2 pp.28-42; Paradigma shift in security studies: from strategic studies to critical security studies. In.  László J. Kiss-Zsolt Rostoványi: The International System at the Turn of Millenium. Middle Eastern Studies and Theories of International Relations. In. Kinga Dévényi (ed.) Studies on Political Islam and Islamic Political Thought. Corvinus Centre for Islamic Studies. Budapest 2013 pp.99-129. ljkiss45@gmail.com

Mátyás Szűrös is a Hungarian politician, a diplomat, the parliament’s president (1989), the temporary president of the Republic of Hungary (1989. October 23-1990. Mays 2), member of parliament (1985-2002). served as provisional President of the Republic from October 23, 1989 to May 2, 1990. His presidency occurred during Hungary’s transition from Communism to democratic government, in the fall of 1989, as part of an agreement between the Communists and the opposition to establish multiparty democracy. drszuros@citromail.hu

Géza Jeszenszky is a Hungarian politician and associate professor, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a former ambassador to the US. He was ambassador of Hungary to Norway and Iceland from 2011 to 2014. In 1987, he took part in the Lakitelek Summit where he, along with many opposition politicians and white-collar workers, founded theHungarian Democratic Forum. He was the Chairman of the new party’s Committee on Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1990. He begun efforts to incorporate the Euro-Atlantic structures, completed successfully (in 1999 and 2004). In 1995 he became President of the Hungarian Atlantic Council. In 2002 he returned to work lecturer at the Budapest Corvinus University of Economics. He was visiting professor in the College of Europein Natolin, Poland, and the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Románia. He wrote lot of books about international relations. geza@jeszen.hu

György Csepeli is professor of social psychology. He chairs the Interdisciplinary Social Studies Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and president of Hungarian Sociological Association. His research focuses on social psychology of intergroup relations, anti-Semitism and comparative sociological investigation on national identity. Recently his research interest has turned toward problems of information society with a special emphasize on information inequality comparing the individual European societies.csepeli.gyorgy@gmail.com

Andrea Carteny is Assistant Professor of East European History at the Sapienza University of Rome, Deputy Rector for student mobility, teacher of Eurasia’s History at the courses and master degrees of the Faculty of Humanities and of the Faculty of Political Science, Sociology, Communication. Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of International Relations ”Observatory of Foreign Relations” Observare at the Autonomous University of Lisbon. He holds the title of PhD in ”History of Europe” at the Sapienza University of Rome dealing with the issues of national minorities in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus. As a fellow, has conducted research and visiting professor abroad (Hungary, Romania, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Azerbaijan). andrea.carteny@uniroma1.it

Attila Szalai is a Hungarian political journalist, publicist, ex-diplomat, now senior researcher of the RETÖRKI (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition). Graduated at the Warsaw University on political sciences and journalism. From 1975 to 1990 he lived in Poland with his Polish wife, was the member of the Solidarity movement and was active as a courier between the Polish and Hungarian anticommunist structures. He was one of the founders of the first political daily paper in Hungary (ÚjMagyarország) with non-communist roots after the system transition in 1990. In the past 25 years he spent 15 years in diplomacy serving at the Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw and in this interval 4 years as the general director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw. His mayor field of research recently is the Hungarian-Polish relationship in the years of transition, 1980-1990.szalata@yahoo.com

Edit Lőrinczné Bencze is PhD in Management and business administration science. From 2002 onwards she has been the professor at the Department of Social Studies and Humanities, and since 2012 the director at the Centre for Social Studies and Humanities at the Kodolányi University College. Her main fields of interests are the cohesion policy of EU, and Eastern and Southern enlargement of the EU, emerging new states in the Western Balkan. Her latest book is: Az Európai Uniós bővítések: Horvátország (Croatia) Ed. Apokrif 2001. lbedit@kodolanyi.hu

Csaba Cservák is Constitutional Lawyer, university docent, member of the independent law enforcement complaint committee. Previously he was the director of the President of the Hungarian Republic’s Office, member of the National Electoral Committee. Member electoral committee of the independent Lawyers Forum, later he became the organization’s president. His research fields are constitutional law, fundamental constitutional rights, law philosophy.   cscservak@gmail.com

Irina M. Pop is an assistant professor in University of Oradea, Romania. She graduated in Communication Science (2005) and also in Psychology (2006), at Babes -Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania). She has two master degrees. The first is in Media and Society (Leicester University, 2007) and the second in Free-movement of people in EU (University of Oradea, 2009). She got her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Communication, West University, Timisoara, 2010, with the thesis the Philosophical Fundaments of Images. She authored a book Collective Branding. An Inquiry into Branding nation (2011). She is a member of the Research Center for Identity and Migration Studies (e-migration.ro.).  popirinamihaela@yahoo.com

László Domonkos is a Hungarian writer, essayist and journalist. He stated his carrier as a cultural publicist, continued his career in Budapest 1992 as a senior fellow at the periodical of World Federation of Hungarians Then he spent 16 years as senior editor at Duna TV, making a lot of documentary films. He published 25 books on hidden elements of Hungarian history and political life in the near past. Actually he is senior researcher in the Research Institute of Regime-change (RETÖRKI) in Budapest. He published altogether 25 books till now. Some of the latest ones: The Longest War – Baltic partisans against the Soviets (2013), Story of decline and fall – Within Duna Tv., without Duna Tv (2015); Goriotok – Tito-s Hell in Yugoslavia. (2016)domonkosla@gmail.com

Rita Bágya is an expert of communication. She is working in the Hungarian Parliament as the assistant of the vice-president of Parliament, Sándor Lezsák. bagya.rita@gmail.com