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International and Security Studies Doctoral Program

The aim of the doctoral programme is to function as a hub of critical strategic thinking for those committed to delve deeper into the multidisciplinary study of International Relations and to supply the academic sphere both domestically and regionally with new generations of doctoral graduates. We are committed to help make the most of our candidates’ talents and to assist them in creating dissertation works of significant added value. Our supervisors and instructors represent all of the major sub-fields of the multidisciplinary study of International Relations, including Political Science, International Relations, History of Diplomacy, International Law and Area/Regional Studies and can, accordingly, support a wide range of research projects in these areas and in their intersections. We provide adequate methodological grounding to programme participants. We are working to expand our network of international connections. Our domestic position in Hungary is, in one word, central: Corvinus University’s International and Security Studies doctoral programme is the alma mater of many a doctoral graduate currently teaching at other higher education insitutions in the country. At the same time, our doctoral programme also welcomes representatives of the public service and corporate spheres who look to build on their accumulated professional experience in the framework of scholarly dissertation projects that may serve the aims of developing knowledge in their areas of expertise. We also have a good number of international participants, who add valued diversity to, and enrich, the overall knowledge capital of the doctoral school, as well as contribute to further expansion of the school’s network of contacts around the world.  

Research Areas

The main field of research of the Doctoral School: 

  • Theory of International Relations 
  • International Economics 
  • International Finance 
  • International Law 
  • World Economics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Regional Economics 
  • Theory of Development Economy 
  • Regional Studies 
  • History of the European Union 
  • Economics of the European Integration 
  • Institutions of the European Union 
  • Civilization – Globalization 
  • Human rights, minority protection 
  • Security policy 
  • Transatlantic Integration 
  • Comparative integration studies 
  • Geopolitics 
  • Regional development, urbanization and regional politics 
  • Global environmental issues

Topics & Supervisors


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Agyemfra, AnnieBeáta ParagiThe effects of the activities of political vigilantism during the electoral process in Ghana
Al Wattar Nour MazenEszter KirsThe protection of Human Rights and International Migration
Julianna ÁrmásÁgnes KemenszkyA Szerb-Albán viszony ontológiai biztonsági dilemmája Koszovóban
Éva BartalosÁkos KengyelEU’s climate policy, targets to reduce CO2 emission and transformation of the oil industry, Introduction
Ben Brahim Amani RawandTamás HoffmannNecessary Reforms to Put an End To the Bias of UN Human Rights Council Members
Nikolett GaraiMáté SzalaiIn search of Bacchus’ protection – Exploring new dimensions of small state virtual enlargement through the promotion of the potential of national economy with a special focus on wine tourism
Levente Béla JakabDániel VékonyPopulism discourses and their analysis in international relations
May Zin Win Zin WinTamás MaturaThe role of Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar Democratic Transition: Opportunities and Challenges
Ntaka Buyisile SinqobilePéter MartonIntrastate Conflict and Rebel Governance: The effect of Non-State Armed Groups on State Building in Fragile Stetes
Pareishvili OtarZoltán KelemenSharpened soft power
Peralta Gonzalez Eric AbdielEszter KirsSystem and Hierarchy of Fundamental Rights; Collision of Fundamental Rights
Roy SodipMáté SzalaiThe exposure of refugee populations to human trafficking and differences in this respect between developed and developing countries, from a comparative perspective
Csendike SomogyváriPéter Marton“For a change, start by speaking” The Role of Language in Democratic Regression
Simon SzilvásiZoltán KelemenÉszaki-sarki biztonság politika és gazdasági lehetőségek
Édua Hilda VeressBalázs FormanEU és Csendes-óceáni térség


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Bálint BarthaLászló CsicsmannA Realist Analysis of Saudi Arabia’s role in South sia: the case of Ryadh’s relations with Delhi from a security perspective
Ahmad Abdelwahab AltamimiBeáta ParagiDigital humanitarian action : The impact of technology on Syrian refugees in Jordan
Lina Dhahi Aleassa (Faharat)László Csicsmann, Erzsébet N. RózsaViability and Sustainability of Political Regimes Other than Liberal Democracy in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of China and Singapore
Mutlu DuvarciAnita SzűcsCompetence Building for Small States in the International Organizations: Comparative Case Study of the UN Security Council Member Small States


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
David MorrisLászló Csicsmann, Gergely SalátPolitical risk on the Belt and Road: a framework for analyzing risks in the transition to a new global order
Viktória Laura HerczeghTamás HoffmannDouble standard policies of leading powers – Comparing and contrasting China, the USA and Russia in current international disputes
Elena CossuIstván Benczes, Péter GedeonConceptualising the salient economic characteristics of governments characterised by populist rhetoric and assesing their effects on economic performance in Europe
Lizeth Vanessa Ayala CastiblancoAnita Szűcs, Bernadett LehoczkiThe role of summit diplomacy in the interregional relationship between the European Union and Latin America
Katarina SárváriPéter MartonRussian influence-seeking in the V4 countries during the Putin era, with special regard to the energy, banking and defense sectors
Xénia Zsuzsanna SiposKinga DévényiThe role of women in shaping Tunisia’s political, economic and cultural processess: l’exception tunisienne?
Örs Gábor TetlákLászló Csicsmann, Gábor BúrRegionalism in the African continent and the role of the Republic of South Africa in the Southern African sub-region
Adrienn Mária Tóthné FerenciErzsébet KaponyiThe Copenhagen dilemma of the Council of Europe – up and possible solutions of the political and legal challenges to effective multilateralism in the Organisation
Zainaddin Mawlood KhidhirZsolt RostoványiThe Changing Dynamics of the U.S. Foreign Policy towards Kurds in Syria: Developing Relations in Light of Ignorance, Cooperation and Desertion (2011-2020)
Virág ZsárÁkos KengyelImpact of EU funded projects on transnational cooperation in the Danube Region


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Besgül, BoraÁgnes KemenszkyThe Impact of Different History Teaching Tools on Forming Mind-sets in Divided Societies
Anna Etl-NádudvariZoltán GálikAz Európai Unió strukturális hatalma Ázsiában
Kirilova, Neli ValentinovaLászló Békési, Mihály DobrovitsThe changing balance of power in the Black Sea region: Russia-EU-NATO-Turkey. Correlation between regional security and the measure of power
Attila MezeiPéter MartonThe Impact of Oil Production and Consumption on the Balance of Power
Katalin (Nádas)-NagyErzsébet KaponyiAz országimázs sajátosságai, hatásmechanizmusai az UNESCO működésének tükrében
Borbála Takácsné TóthZoltán GálikAz Európai Unió energiapolitikájában a földgáz szektor ellátásbiztonsági kérdései és a nemzetközi beszállítókkal kapcsolatos stratégiák
Bálint László TóthIstván KollaiRegionális tanulmányok – A Kelet-Közép Európai regionális államközi politikai együttműködések pluralitása a rendszerváltást követő negyedszázadban (1991-2016)
Murat DeregözüPéter Ákos BodTurkey as a Great Power: A Qualitative Research on Turkey’s Millennium Geopolitics Between 2000-2020


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Dahrouge EliasLászló CsicsmannThe Syrian Refugees’ Crisis and the Lebanese Identity
Gherasim Ioan AlexandruLászló Vasa, Nelu Bradean-EbingerNeocolonialism in Kazakhstan
Péter SeljánLászló CsicsmannThe Role of Foreign Intervention in the Balance of Power System
Bálint KásaLászló Csicsmann
Júlia Regina PalikPéter MartonInterstate rivals intervention in third-party civil wars: The comparative case of Saudi Arabia and Iran in Yemen (2004-2018)
Paul SebastianNelu Bradean-Ebinger, András TétényiEurope and the Process of Migration in the Context of Refugee Camps: An Assessment
Valeria Puga ÁlvarezZoltán GálikCooperation on non-proliferation: An analysis of the Treaty of Tlatelolco and the Latin American and Caribbean Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ)
Nino RusidzePéter MartonNation Branding Through Political Marketing


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Tamás BalázsAnita Szűcs
Kazhenova AigulAndrei Kazantsev, Zoltán GálikThe Issue of Regional Integration in Central Asia
Anas AudehBeáta Paragi
Tsotne TchanturiaCsaba BékésStructural and Conjunctural Factors of Gorbachev’s Concessionary Policies vis-à-vis Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic Republics
Tamás Dudlák Zsolt RostoványiNew bases for Turkish foreign policy. The Syrian crisis and the paradigm shift in Turkish foreign policy-making
Melinda PálNelu Bradean-Ebinger


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Tibor Antonius HargitaiPéter MartonThe role of Eurosceptic parties on the domestic EU policies of member states
Csilla VargaBalázs Vizi Political participation and representation of national minorities in bilateral relations: the intergovernmental joint committees on national minorities between Hungary and its neighbors


Wang QiupingErzsébet Kaponyi, Sándor P. SzabóKínai-magyar kulturális kapcsolatok 1949-től napjainkig
Wazir AliLászló CsicsmannSecuritisation Theory and Elite Perceptions: The case of Turkish EU-membership and Cyprus issue


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Zsófia Katalin NaszádosLászló Kiss J. , István KőrösiÚj német hegemónia Európában, Németország hatalmi pozíciója az Európai Unióban a 2008-as gazdasági válságot követően
Gebriella HermannCsaba Békés, Péter Marton


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Terézia Erika TóthLászló Kiss J.Normális Németország? Normalizálódási diskurzusok és a német külpolitika normalizálódása az újraegyesítés óta
Ágnes VassErzsébet KaponyiA területen kívüli állampolgárság magyarországi gyakorlata – Diskurzusok és értelmezések diaszpórában és kisebbségi közösségben
Éva Emese SzalaiBernadett Lehoczki, István TarrósyDiaszpóra, mint a puha hatalom forrása: indiaiak Latin-Amerikában


PhD StudentSupervisor(s)Topic
Esztella CsiszárMihály Dobrovits, Zsolt RostoványiBosznia-Hercegovina muszlim társadalmának lehetséges jövői. „Három holnap” a posztnormális időben
Izabella FeierabendErzsébet Kaponyi, Sándor KerekesA környezetpolitika intézményi kihívásai
Attila Tamás MaturaLászló Csicsmann, Bernadett LehoczkiChina-CEE Trade, Investment and Politics, Economic necessity or a Trojan horse?




Major Journal Articles by Core Faculty and Alumni of the ISS Doctoral Track

Békés, Csaba (1993): President Kliment Voroshilov’s Telegram to Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain on the Soviet Intervention in Hungary on 4 November 1956. Slavonic and East European Review, 71:1, 126-129.
Békés, Csaba (1997): The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the Great Powers. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 13:2, 51-66.
Békés, Csaba (1997): Die Sowietunion und die Ungarische Revolution. Ungarische und sowietische Dokumente zum politischen Entscheidungsprozess im Herbst 1956. Osteuropa, 1997:10-11, 407-425.
Békés, Csaba (2006): The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the Declaration of Neutrality. Cold War History, 6:4, 477-500.
Békés, Csaba (2016): Hungary, the Soviet Bloc, the German Question and the CSCE Process, 1965-1975. Journal of Cold War Studies, 18:3, 95-138.
Csicsmann, László (2007): Responsible Freedom and National Security: Liberalisation and De-liberalisation in Jordan under King Abdullah II. Society and Economy, 29:1, 103-122.
Csicsmann, László — N. Rózsa, Erzsébet (2020): War and Peace in the Persian Gulf: Pre-Westphalian, Westphalian or Post-Westphalian? Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 14:2, 216-230.
Hargitai, Tibor (2020): How Euroskeptic is Fidesz Actually? Politics in Central Europe, 16:1,189-209.
Hargitai, Tibor — van der Vlugt, Rik (2021): Speaking Doom About the EU. European Poliitics and Society, 22:1, 104-120.
Hoffmann, Tamás (2019): Crimes Against The People – A Sui Generis Socialist International Crime? Journal of the History of International Law, 21:2, 299-329.
Kirs, Eszter (2011): Limits of the Impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on the Domestic Legal System of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Goettingen Journal of International Law, 3:1, 397-416.
Marton, Péter (2008): Global Governance vs. State Failure. Perspectives, 16:1, 85-107.
Marton, Péter — Matura, Tamás (2011): The ‘Voracious Dragon’, the ‘Scramble’ and the ‘Honey Pot’: Conceptions of Conflict over Africa’s Natural Resources. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 29:2, 155-167.
Marton, Péter — Hynek, Nik (2012): What Makes ISAF S/tick: An Investigation of the Politics of Coalition Burden-Sharing. Defence Studies, 12:4, 539-571.
Marton, Péter (2012): Hungary’s Post-2001 Ratification Challenges: Lessons Concerning the V4-Nato Relationship. Central European Journal of International of Security Studies, 6:2, 187-208.
Marton, Péter (2012): The Sources of Visegrád Conduct: A Comparative Analysis of V4 Foreign Policy-Making. Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 21:4, 7-31.
Marton, Péter (2013): Investigating the Calculated Elimination of Removable Enemies: The Puzzle of Terrorism Decapitation Research.” Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 22 (2013):1, pp. 63-72.
Marton, Péter — Eichler, Jan (2013): Between willing and reluctant entrapment: CEE countries in NATO’s non-European missions. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 46:3, 351-362.
Marton, Péter — Wagner, Péter (2014): The Hungarian Military in the War on Terror. Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 23:2, 107-120.
Marton, Péter (2015): How the West Settled with Stalemate in Afghanistan: A Conflict Analysis Perspective. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 26 (2015), 1-15.
Marton, Péter — Kiss, Annamária (2016): Chechen Combatants’ Involvement as Foreign Fighters in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq. Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 2:2, 189-220.
Marton, Péter — Szálkai, Kinga (2017): Against the Current: Deconstructing the Upstream/Downstream Binary in Hydropolitical Security Complexes. New Perspectives, 25:3, 1-27.
Matura, Tamás (2014): Central Europe and the Republic of Korea: Politics, Economy, and Perceptions. Journal of Contemporary Korean Studies, 1:1, 173-193.
Matura, Tamás — Deli-Gray, Z. — Árva, L. (2016): Polarisation of the society: A possible outcome of the economic crisis?: Hungarian citizens’ purchases of food and household items in retail stores in the present economic crisis. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 41:4, 274-288.
Matura, Tamás (2018): The Belt And Road Initiative depicted in Hungary and Slovakia. Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies, 7:2, 1-16.
Matura, Tamás — Turcsányi, Richard — Karásková, Ivana — Šimalčík, Matej (2019): Followers, Challengers, or By-Standers? Central European Media Responses to Intensification of Relations with China. Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics, 5:3, 49-67.
Matura, Tamás (2019): China–CEE Trade, Investment and Politics. Europe-Asia Studies, 71:3, 388-407.
Mendly, Dorottya — Melegh, Attila — Vancsó, Anna — Hunyadi, Márton (2019): Positional Insecurity and the Hegemony of Radical Nationalism. Migration and Justice in the Hungarian Media. International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, 54:3, 54-71.
Mendly, Dorottya (2020): Global Governance and the Double Movement: A Genealogy. Global Governance, 26:3, 500-521.
Molnár, András (2018): Leaking away the future : The role of methane emission and natural gas supply chains in global warming. Energy Policy Studies, 1:2, 52-61.
Paragi, Beáta (2012): The Spiritual Essence: Palestinian Perceptions on Foreign Aid, Conditionality and Reciprocity. International Political Anthropology, 5:1, 3-28.
Paragi, Beáta (2013): First impressions and perceived roles: Palestinian perceptions on foreign aid. Society and Economy, 35:3, 389-410.
Paragi, Beáta (2015): Eastern and Western Perceptions on EU Aid in Light of the Arab Spring. Democracy and Security, 11:1, 60-82.
Paragi, Beáta (2016): Hegemonic solidarity?: NGO perceptions on power, solidarity and cooperation with their donors. Alternatives, 41:2, 98-115.
Paragi, Beáta (2016): Divide et Impera? foreign aid interventions in the Middle East and North Africa region. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 10:2, 200-221.
Paragi, Beáta (2017): Contemporary Gifts: Solidarity, Compassion, Equality, Sacrifice, and Reciprocity from an NGO Perspective. Current Anthropology, 58:3, 317-339.
Paragi, Beáta (2018): Cultures of (dis)trust: Shame and solidarity from recipient NGO perspectives. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 21:5, 486-504.
Paragi, Beáta (2020): Digital4development?: European data protection in the Global South. Third World Quarterly, 42:2, 254-273.
Paul, Sebastian (2020): Characteristics of migrants coming to Europe: A survey among asylum seekers and refugees in Germany about their journey. Migration Letters, 17:6, 825-835.
Vékony, Dániel (2017): Confronting a divided past for a shared future: The lieux de Mémoire of the Altab Ali Park in London. Society and Economy, 39:2, 22-37.


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