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dr. Zoltán FEHÉR

Zoltan Feher is a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies and a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. In 2020-2021, he is a World Politics and Statecraft Fellow with the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Between 2002 and 2015, he worked as a career diplomat for his home country Hungary, serving as foreign policy analyst at the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC, and as Hungary’s Deputy Ambassador and Acting Ambassador in Turkey. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in American History from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), a law degree (J.D.) from Pázmány Catholic University (Budapest), and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He has taught International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Summer School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Fletcher School, Ivy League Summer Institute (at the Harvard Law School), and leading Hungarian universities. In 2016, he served as a teaching assistant to Joseph Nye at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2019, he taught his self-designed course "What is Grand Strategy?" at Tufts University’s Political Science Department. He has been the recipient of the Vali Scholarship (Harvard Kennedy School), Bradley Fellowship, Provost Fellowship (Tufts University), Taussig Fellowship in Honor of William Martel, and the Kittredge Fund’s Research Grant, among others. He has studied with Stephen Walt, Monica Toft, Richard Rosecrance, Robert Pfaltzgraff, Richard Shultz, Niall Ferguson and Michael Ignatieff.

His dissertation examines U.S. strategy vis-à-vis China between 1970 and 2020, focusing on why the United States ended up facilitating China’s rise. His theory seeks to more generally explain how and why status quo great powers often help the emergence of rising states that may over time become peer competitors.

Areas of expertise: US foreign policy / grand strategy, US-China-Russia great power competition, Trans-Atlantic relations, NATO, Central and Eastern Europe


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- Gyarmatokból impérium kötet - George Kennan tanulmány
- Interjú Charles Gatival
- Nekrológ : George F. Kennan - Egy realista diplomata az amerikai külpolitika alakításában
- Mentorunk : Kellner Pál