International Relations

Fumagalli interviewed by ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’

August 28, 2015

On 26th August,  Head of Department, Matteo Fumagalli was interviewed by Italy's main financial daily newspaper, ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’.  Professor Fumagalli was consulted to share his views regarding Central Asian Energy issues.

For the entire interview click here.

Erin Jenne Promoted to Full Professor

June 30, 2015

IRES  faculty member and Director of Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Erin Jenne has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. We congratulate her on this achievement!

Congratulations Graduates!

June 30, 2015

The Department congratulates the MA class of 2015 on sucessfully graduating from the Masters programme. We wish them the best of luck in thier lives and all thier future endevours.

Over 100 Young Researchers Attend Annual Doctoral Conference

May 18, 2015
Over one hundred participants attended CEU’s 10th Annual Doctoral Conference (ADC), which was held on 20-21 April in Budapest. The event was the capstone event of the year for the PhD Program in Political Science, featuring two keynote lectures, thirteen panel sessions, a book launch and a workshop. - See more at:

Akcali at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference at Harriman Institute of Columbia University

April 27, 2015

IRES faculty member, Emel Akcali, attended and presented a paper at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference at Harriman Institute of Columbia University on Deciphering Eurasianism in Hungary.  

The presentation is also a forthcoming chapter in Eurasianism and the European Far Right, ed. by Marlene Laruelle, Lexington Books, New York.  


Annual Doctoral Conference

Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
April 20, 2015 - 9:00am to April 21, 2015 - 5:00pm

Annual Doctoral Conference Focuses on Democratic Erosion in Eastern Europe

CEU’s Doctoral School hosts its Annual Doctoral Conference on 20-21 April, featuring guest speakers Isabela Mares form Columbia University, and Mark Hallerberg from Hertie School of Governance. The two-day conference offers thirteen thematic panel sessions about political science, public policy and international relations, where CEU’s PhD candidates and a number of external panelists present and discuss their latest research projects.

Kurowska in Utah

February 24, 2015

Xymena Kurowska participated in a workshop on constructivist theorising at the department of Political Science at the University of Utah

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IRES Congratulates Professor Greskovits

January 30, 2015

IRES congratulates faculty member Bela Greskovits on his excellent academic year behind him.

His series of professional acknowledgements started with receiving the 2013 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research awarded by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), and the University of Bergen, Norway, for his book `Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery` co-authored with Dorothee Bohle. 

A Dialectic of Containment: Where Did All The Great Powers Go?

Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
November 19, 2014 - 3:30pm

Ukrainian crisis has prompted speculation about the need to contain Russia and thus led to renewed interest in the writings of George Kennan, the author of the original containment doctrine. However, even prior to the current discussion many had argued that containment attempted by the US in the early stages of the Cold War had little to do with Kennan`s original idea. Today, a closer look at that idea suggests that its practical implementation may be even more problematic.

FRAGILE PROXIES: The Politics of Control and Defection in State Sponsorship of Rebel Organisations

Doctoral Defense
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
November 14, 2014 - 5:30pm

Foreign governments frequently intervene in armed conflicts by providing support to rebel organizations against their adversaries. State sponsorship of rebel organizations is less costly than a direct military intervention, but rebels often defy orders, desert fighting or turn guns against their sponsors. Under what conditions do rebels turn against their sponsors? Drawing on principal-agent and organizational theories, I argue that the non-centralized structure of rebel organizations increases the length of the delegation chain from sponsors to rebels, leading to defection.