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Senior Analysts

dr. Zoltán FEHÉR
strategic director

Zoltan Feher holds a Juris Doctor (Law degree) from Pázmány Catholic University, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science and in American History from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). He worked as a professional diplomat between 2002 and 2015, serving as Foreign Policy Analyst and Press Attaché at the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC and most recently as Hungary’s Deputy Ambassador and Chargé d’Affaires in Turkey. He has taught International Relations at the Harvard Summer School, the Ivy League Summer Institute (Harvard Law School), The Fletcher School and Hungarian universities. In 2016, he was a teaching assistant to Joseph Nye at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies and a Doctoral Candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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


Eszter Petronella SOÓS, Ph.D.
research fellow

Eszter Petronella Soós is a political scientist (ELTE ÁJK) who also holds a university degree in French language and literature (ELTE BTK). She is a graduated student of Mathias Corvinus Collegium and Eötvös Collegium, who also spent a year at Scienes Po Paris. She is a senior lecturer at Milton Friedman University, Budapest; while also working as a freelance consultant and France country expert. Eszter regularly holds seminars (mostly about French politics and political analysis) at ELTE ÁJK, where she defended her PhD dissertation in 2019.

Areas of expertise: French and Hungarian politics, European politics, political ideologies, political analysis.
Francia Politika Blog
Franciacsók Blog


Gergely VARGA, Ph.D
senior research fellow

Gergely Varga, PhD. of Budapest Corvinus University is an international relations and security policy expert currently working as an external researcher for the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and as a non-resident fellow for the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies, National University of Public Service in Budapest. Previously he was also a visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. He has earned his M.A. degrees in History and Law at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

Areas of expertise: transatlantic relations, US foreign- and security policy, NATO and European security challenges