Péter Balázs

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Budapest, Nador u. 11 | 604
+36 1 327 3000 x2391

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Graduated in Budapest at the Faculty of Economics (today Corvinus University), he got his PhD degree and habilitated at the same University. He is a ScD of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In parallel with his government and diplomatic career he has been teaching and doing research. He was nominated Professor of the Corvinus University in 2000 and joined the CEU as a full time Professor in 2005. He is regularly lecturing at international conferences and universities in English, French, German and Hungarian languages.
After 1990 Prof. Balázs joined the Government and the diplomatic service of Hungary several times. He was a State Secretary for Industry and Trade (1992-1993) and a State Secretary for European Integration (2002-2003). He was nominated Ambassador of Hungary to Denmark (1994-1996), Germany (1997-2000) and to the EU in Brussels (2003-2004). In 2009-2010 he was Foreign Minister of Hungary.
He also acquired experience in various EU positions. He was the Government Representative of Hungary in the European Convention drafting the Constitutional Treaty which has become, after several modifications, the Lisbon Treaty. In 2004 he was nominated the first Hungarian Member of the European Commission responsible for regional policy. On the invitation of the European Commission he coordinates priority projects of the Trans-European Transport Network.
Prof. Balázs is holding an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair. His research activities are centered on the foreign policy of the EU and problems of the late modernization and European integration of the Eastern part of the continent. He also analyzes questions of European and global governance including the future of European institutions. At the CEU he is teaching two courses: EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy (fall semester) and European Governance (winter semester). He established (in 2005) and directs the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS). Prof. Balázs published several books, chapters in books and articles.

Professor Balázs received on February 21, 2016 the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by Tufts University and the Institute for Global Leadership "in recognition of his integrity and valor as Foreign Minister, encouraging respect for humanities values and rule of law and fighting discrimination."



PhD, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Habil, Budapest University of Economics
D.Sc. (Doctor of Sciences), Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Courses taught by Péter Balázs

Events with involvement of Péter Balázs

NATO-EU Relations in an Age of Anxiety
March 17, 2020 - 9:00am
Eastern Europe Goes South?
February 5, 2020 - 1:00pm
New European Institutions – New Politics?
November 18, 2019 - 9:00am
Priorities of the 2019 Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
November 11, 2019 - 2:00pm
Ambassadorial Lecture Series: Preserving EU’s Regional Relevance. Reflections of the Romanian Presidency of the Council
June 13, 2019 - 11:00am
The promise of Transition: a new polity?
April 23, 2019 - 7:00am
2018 Bosnian Elections and the Electoral Framework of the Dayton Peace Accords
April 12, 2019 - 11:00am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "E-Estonia: Building Trust in a Highly Digitalized Society"
March 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
The vision for the EU’s future energy security: What are the options?
March 12, 2019 - 8:30am
Greece-Macedonia: Resolution of the name dispute after two decades
February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - “Priorities of the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship 2019”
February 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
The nation state in contemporary Europe: the centenary of WWI; new chances for historical reconciliation
November 5, 2018 - 8:00am
Regional Security in Central and Eastern Europe: Trump’s NATO vs PESCO?
October 29, 2018 - 8:30am
Ambassadors‘ Lectures Series “Dreams in Politics:" German Realities
October 19, 2018 - 11:00am
The Western Balkan’s Diversity of Identities: Political Culture, Minorities and Gender
May 31, 2018 - 7:00am
Taking Stock of the EU-Turkey Relations: Estranged but Interdependent Partners
May 29, 2018 - 8:00am
What Next for Ukraine and the Visegrad Group: Reassessing Strained or Disinterested Relationships
March 28, 2018 - 7:30am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - “Chile and the EU: Privileged long standing relations”
March 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
Anti EU-rhetoric versus national interests? Nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe
March 19, 2018 - 8:30am
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ethnicity, Politics, and Census -Or Why We Still Don’t Know What Us Means-
January 29, 2018 - 1:00pm
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "The future of Europe: For a broad popular consultation in 2018"
January 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "The Austrian OSCE-Chairmanship 2017: Reflections and Expectations"
November 29, 2017 - 1:00pm
The future of EU governance: the challenges of multi-speed Europe
November 22, 2017 - 12:00pm
“The Western Balkan’s Diversity of Identities: Religion, Language and Education”
November 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Battle for and in Ukraine: Debating Global and Regional Security Architecture
November 20, 2017 - 12:40pm
The state of democracy in Europe. Comparative retrospection and cautious prognostics
November 6, 2017 - 9:30am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "Bulgaria in the European Union"
September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fighting back: Liberal Democratic Responses to the Populist Challenge - Keynote speaker: Cas Mudde
June 8, 2017 - 3:00pm
CANCELLED!! Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "Update from Indonesia"
May 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Future of the EU beyond Rome: Views from the Visegrad Countries
May 23, 2017 - 7:30am
“The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, civil society and the enhancement of cultural capital in East Central Europe”
May 12, 2017 - 9:00am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "Ukraine-EU Relations in the Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities"
March 20, 2017 - 2:00pm
Foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Moldova
March 10, 2017 - 1:00pm
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "Pakistan and the Region: Opportunities and Challenges"
February 20, 2017 - 1:00pm
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "Romania and Hungary – In Quest of a Positive Agenda"
January 31, 2017 - 1:00pm
“Advocacy strategy for the EU integration of the Western Balkans – Guidelines”
January 30, 2017 - 10:00am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - "The Political Landscape in France on the Eve of the 2017 Presidential Election"
November 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Effects of Conditionality and Post-Conditionality on the Quality of Democracy in EU Member States and Beyond
November 8, 2016 - 8:00am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - “Britain’s Role in the Future of Europe”
October 24, 2016 - 2:00pm
Refugees' trajectories in the EU in the context of recent developments in Turkey Where do we stand now?
September 28, 2016 - 7:00am
Allied Solidarity: Addressing security challenges in Central and Eastern Europe after the Warsaw summit
September 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges for the SMEs in Central Europe
September 22, 2016 - 7:15am
Democracy and Good Governance in the Western Balkans
September 16, 2016 - 8:00am
Ambassadorial Series Lecture - “Opportunities and challenges in the Middle-East”
January 20, 2016 - 2:00pm

Projects with involvement of Péter Balázs