Andras Racz at IEP

Andras Racz, SPES fellow from Hungary, stayed at the IEP from 4 to 16 of January, and he will continue his Berlin research experience in February 2010. So far, Andras had the oppor­tunity to meet experts from various insti­tu­tions, inter alia from the Federal Foreign Office and Berlin based think-tanks and founda­tions. Moreover, he partic­i­pated in an expert workshop on ESDP missions. In February he will carry out further inter­views as well as give a lecture at a Masters programme, organized by thhe Centre Inter­na­tional de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Berlin.

During his research trips to St. Petersburg ( 2–4 September, 10–12 December 2009), and Moscow (9–15 November 2009) he partic­i­pated in two confer­ences and conducted inter­views with numerous experts from univer­sities, research insti­tutes, as well as public insti­tu­tions in order to supplement his SPES research project on EU-Russia relations in the context of their “Common Neigh­bourhood”.

Andras graduated from Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences with M.A. in History and M.A. in Political Science in 2004. In 2008, he achieved a PhD in Modern History at the same university. His thesis analyzed the devel­opment of the EU military capabil­ities of 1999–2004, which was consistent with his research interest and fellow­ships since 2003. From that time he has been involved in foreign and security policy studies at the Teleki László Institute (2003–2006), NATO PfP training – ZMNDU, Hungarian Institute of Inter­na­tional Affairs, as well as the Institute of Strategy and Defense Studies of the ZMNDU; and conse­quently, published numerous papers relating to the security challenge of the Post-Soviet region, military cooper­ation of Belarus and Russia, changes in and options for Belarus, as well as, more generally, EU foreign policy towards Eastern Europe.