Current Scholars

Ármin Ladányi

Program: Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship

Year: 2021 Summer

Host Institution: TFAS

Current Position: Board Member and Lead, Public and Corporate Relations, Youth Business Group

Research Focus: US constitutional amendments, US legislative and government affairs

Quote: “I am thrilled to see what comes of the upcoming weeks. There will be case studies, op-eds, and countless mind-provoking discussions. I’ll have the opportunity to accumulate theoretic knowledge in the classroom, and then will be able to apply it in the real world, whether it be using it in legislative institutions or at lunch with a lobbyist.”

Read his introduction: hungaryfoundation.org

Ármin Ladányi works currently as a Board Member and leader for the Public and Corporate Relations Team at the Youth Business Group, an association of university student organizations.YBG was founded in 2017, the regional organization already connects 1,000+ young people in several disciplines. Ármin graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest with a degree in International Studies and then continued his studies at Corvinus to become a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management. He gained international experience during his one-year studies in France at the Sciences Po University.

In addition to studies and professional advancement, community and active citizenship also play an important role in Ármin’s life: in 2016, he and his colleagues founded the House of European Affairs and Diplomacy(HEAD), a student organization for European Union diplomacy that now has more than 100+ members at three universities. As a result, he has been a key player in several of the European Parliament’s “This Time I am Voting” and “Together.eu” campaigns and became the main organizer and national ambassador of the Schuman 70 initiative which took place in 15 countries.

The mission of TFAS, its board, staff and our thousands of supporters is to change the world by developing leaders for a free society.

TFAS offers transformational programs that teach the principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world.

TFAS programs inspire these future leaders to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world by upholding the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, based in Washington, D.C. 

Virág Turcsán

Program: Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship

Year: 2021 Summer

Host Institution: TFAS

Current Position: Graduate of the Erasmus Mundus International Master’s program in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies

Research Focus: Counter-terrorism and the role of intelligence as well as the evolution of human rights during COVID-19

Quote: “During the first few days, we already had the chance to interact with a number of inspiring speakers and learn about their career journeys. TFAS focuses on creating opportunities for meaningful exchanges with policymakers where we get to interact with them in a small group setting and gain valuable insight into their backgrounds.”

Read her introduction: hungaryfoundation.org

Virág graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2017 with a double major in Political Science and International Studies as well as a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she worked at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations in New York focusing on security and counter-terrorism-related issues.

In December 2020, she graduated with distinction from an Erasmus Mundus Joint International Master’s degree in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies awarded by the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, and Charles University in Prague.

She was awarded the Mo Dabo Prize for best dissertation for her research focusing on norms convergence between the EU and UN-related to counterterrorism sanctions listings.

She has been named an EFA Scholar at the European Forum Alpbach in 2019 and 2020. In 2021 she was selected as a Youth Consultant at the UN’s Consultation on Preventing Violent Extremism through Sport.

The mission of TFAS, its board, staff and our thousands of supporters is to change the world by developing leaders for a free society.

TFAS offers transformational programs that teach the principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world.

TFAS programs inspire these future leaders to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world by upholding the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, based in Washington, D.C. 

Henry Meyer

Program: HF Summer Internship

Year: 2021

Host Institution: Hungary Foundation

Current Position: Junior at Villanova University

Quote: “Through fundraising events, lectures, and the pride in their culture, I saw firsthand how my grandparents worked to ensure the Armenian diaspora remained engaged and connected. As a result, the culture and pride of being Armenian lives on through me, even though I was not physically born there.”

Read his interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Henry Meyer is a rising junior and a Political Science and Sociology double major at Villanova University. Given his strong academic achievements, Henry has made the Dean’s List each semester. His coursework includes a broad range of topics including comparative politics, international relations, and American foreign policy.

Henry developed a passion for European and Hungarian politics after attending an educational summit in Budapest and Berlin. His grandparents were active members of the American-Armenian diaspora which has allowed him to understand the importance of the diaspora community in the United States. 

The Hungary Foundation is a solely charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation pursues its mission and goals by supporting Hungarian-American organizations and by supporting programs that strengthen interaction and cooperation between Hungarian and American citizens and institutions. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting cultural, educational and scholarly activities. The Foundation does not participate in political activities, political or election campaigns.

Balázs Tárnok

Program: Post-Graduate Visiting Research Fellowship

Year: 2021

Host Institution: University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Current Position: associate researcher, EUstrat – Europe Strategy Research Institute, Ludovika – University of Public Service, Budapest

Research Focus: Interest Representation in the European Union and the United States

Quote: “When I started my legal studies in Budapest, I felt that it was my duty to take my part from the service of my national community, the Hungarians in South Slovakia. I have dedicated my whole professional career to the protection of the rights and the promotion of the interests of national minorities and Hungarians living beyond the borders of Hungary.” 

Publications:

Slovakia Still Applying the Beneš Decrees – Principle of Collective Guilt in the European Union

The Szekler National Council’s European Citizens’ Initiative

European Minorities Win a Battle in Luxembourg – The Judgment of the General Court in the Case Minority SafePack European Citizens’ Initiative

European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection of National Minorities (co-author: Péter Varga)

European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection and Promotion of Rights and Interests of National Minorities – Latest Developments

Hungarian Government cuts political ties with Commissioner Jourová

Ukrainian-Hungarian Relations Throughout the Years – How to Move Forward (co-author: Lyudmyla Filyuk)

EUstrat: Az EB döntése felszámolja az unió európai jellegét

A Bizottság nem csak 1,1 millió európai polgár akaratát hagyta figyelmen kívül, a részvételi demokráciát jelentékteleníti el

Az Európai Bizottság lesöpörte az asztalról a Minority SafePack kisebbségvédelmi kezdeményezést

The European Commission turned its back on national and linguistic minorities

EP committee demanding action of the European Commission on the Beneš Decrees

Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Balázs obtained his legal degree in 2015 at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Budapest. In the 2012/13 academic year, he studied European and international law as an Erasmus student at the Radboud University Faculty of Law in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Balázs is also a Translator Specialized in Law, he gained his LL.M. degree at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Deák Ferenc School of Postgraduate Studies in 2018. Balázs defended his doctoral thesis in November 2020.

Balázs worked in several organizations gaining experience in the field of the protection of the rights and the promotion of the interests of national minorities in the European Union. In 2014/15, he worked as an intern at the Minority Rights Protection Institute, Budapest (Kisebbségi Jogvédő Intézet). Since 2016, Balázs has been a legal advisor at the Dr. Sobor Law Firm, where he assisted in the court proceedings of the ECI on National Minority Regions at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Since 2017, Balázs has been a legal expert of the Rákóczi Association (Rákóczi Szövetség), coordinating the Hungarian signature collection campaign of the Minority SafePack ECI. Since 2018, he has been working at the State Secretariat for the European Union Relations of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Balázs is a member of the Hungarian community in South Slovakia. This fact has influenced not only his professional career but his commitment to actively participate in public life as well. Since 2018, he is the Vice-President of the Rákóczi Association (Rákóczi Szövetség), one of the biggest culture-oriented Hungarian civil society organizations, an umbrella organization boasting over 28 000 members and more than 500 local branches from the Carpathian Basin and all around the world. Moreover, as an external expert, he was also nominated as a candidate for the 2019 European Parliament elections by the Party of the Hungarian Community in Slovakia.

Since July 2019, Balázs is an associate researcher at EUstrat – European Strategy Research Institute of Ludovika-University of Public Service, led by Hungary’s former EU Commissioner, Tibor Navracsics. Balázs’s research at EUstrat focuses on the law of the EU, participatory democracy, the protection and promotion of the rights and interests of national minorities in the EU, and citizen interest representation. Until the end of 2020, he also worked as an international advisor at the International Directorate of the Ludovika-University of Public Service.

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies promotes research excellence on critical global challenges, with a particular focus on democracy and human development. Building on a core interest in Latin America and Africa, the Kellogg Institute fosters research on the developing world and beyond.

Supporting the research and educational mission of the University of Notre Dame by engaging faculty, students, and visiting scholars in a supportive intellectual community, the Institute works to project the University onto the global stage.

The Kellogg Institute forms an integral part of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission by addressing normative and scholarly concerns that embody the values reflected in Catholic social thought.

Nicole Nemeth

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program – Senior Fellow

Year: 2020

Host Institution: National Policy Research Institute

Research Focus: Hungarian minority rights in neighboring countries

Quote: “I am very excited to be here, and this really is an incredible opportunity. I think the US-Hungary relationship is currently solid, and it is very important moving forward to foster and to forge the US-Hungary relationships to grow even stronger.”

Read her introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Nicole Nemeth is an attorney from San Diego, California, practicing primarily in civil litigation spanning a multitude of legal disputes. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego and the prestigious Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case, as well as the Women’s Negotiations Academy. While Ms. Nemeth’s concentration has been in civil and criminal litigation, she actively applies this experience to mediation.

Ms. Nemeth’s father was born and raised in Hungary and escaped the Soviet communist regime in the late 1960’s, but always instilled a love and pride of Hungary. Ms. Nemeth joined the ReConnect Hungary and ReConnect Transylvania Program in the inaugural 28+ year program in 2018, and fell in love with Hungary and Transylvania.

The main goal of establishing the National Policy Research Institute (NPKI) was to create an institution operating according to scientific standards, which can disseminate the results of research on Hungarian communities abroad and support for the motherland in a form that can be used for politics. The scope of activities of the NPKI can be divided into three major areas: research, analysis and preparation of background materials; publishing and organization of academic events; and education.

Dr. George Bogden

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program – Senior Fellow

Year: 2020

Host Institution: Danube Institute

Research Focus: The global politics of the COVID-19 pandemic

Quote: “Pursuing research and teaching in Hungary will allow me to gain a greater appreciation of the country’s history and the views of its population. I will fulfill the ‘give’ as much as the ‘take’ of this endeavor by conveying what I admire about the U.S. in my day-to-day activities. Through this commitment to intercultural communication, I will strive to know Hungary authentically and to serve as an envoy of shared values.”

Publications: The complete list of George’s publications

Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Dr. George Bogden is a J.D. candidate at New York University School of Law. He previously served as Associate Director of the Office of Professor Walter Russell Mead at the Hudson Institute, in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he assisted in founding the Center for the Future of Liberal Society. During the last year of his doctoral studies, Dr. Bogden served as a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in Kosovo, where he was a seconded Special Assistant in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He obtained M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in international relations at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship and served as Book Reviews Editor of The St. Antony’s International Review. Before beginning his graduate studies, he received his B.A. in political science from Yale, serving as the university’s Fox International Fellow in Istanbul the following year.
The Danube Institute exists to provide an independent center of intellectual debate for conservatives and classical liberals and their democratic opponents in Central Europe. The Institute promotes its aims through two main programs: the publication of studies on issues of public controversy and through seminars, debates, and public lectures. Activities, however, go beyond a purely economic or political agenda to address the cultural and moral topics which increasingly shape attitudes to public policy issues

Stephen Sholl

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program – junior Fellow

Year: 2020

Host Institution: Committee of National Remembrance

Research Focus: The United State’s Intelligence Community’s view of Hungary during the Cold War

Quote: “I think that the US and Hungary have a lot of things in common both culturally and strategically, they both serve as natural allies of each other. There’s a lot to build on.”

Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Born outside of Washington, D.C., Stephen Sholl grew up in a world saturated by politics. Raised with a deep appreciation for history, Stephen pursued a B.A. in History with a minor in Law and Politics from Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee. During his undergraduate experience, Stephen became familiar with Europe while studying abroad in Greece and traveling throughout the continent. After earning his degree Stephen used his undergraduate degree to build a career in international relations.

In the Fall of 2018, Stephen began his first master’s program at the Brussels School of International Studies. His experience in Brussels gave him first-hand knowledge of the political landscape of the European Union. It was during his time in Brussels that Stephen became interested in studying and understanding Hungary. Against the backdrop of rising tensions between Budapest and Brussels, Stephen wrote his dissertation on Hungary’s recent traumas, specifically Trianon and the Soviet occupation, as explanatory factors for Hungary’s current foreign policy. Stephen’s dissertation earned him a MA in International Conflict and Security Studies as well as graduating with merit.

Returning to the United States, Stephen continued to build upon both his academic and professional experiences by enrolling in a second master’s program at Virginia Tech’s Washington D.C. campus. His second master’s, a degree in Public and International Affairs, serves as an American supplement to his European degree. Stephen split his time between his academic studies and working at several private think-tanks and non-profits in the D.C. Area.

Committee of National Remembrance

The role of the Committee is to preserve memory of the Communist dictatorship in Hungary, to explore the operation of power in this system, and to cooperate with the prosecutors in order to pinpoint and identify all persons responsible for imprescriptible crimes of Hungarian Communism.

Ryan Brockhaus

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program – Senior Fellow

Year: 2020

Host Institution: Ludovika – University of Public Service

Research Focus: US–⁠Hungarian military cooperation

Quote: “I expect to get a better understanding of Hungary in general, and this Program will lead us in this direction. Also, in order to focus on our research topics, this program will certainly provide the necessary tools to be able to do our best.”

Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Ryan Brockhaus has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at Arizona State University and is in the process of obtaining his Masters in Global Security at Arizona State as well. His main interests are US and European history, as well as geopolitics. Prior to his acceptance into the BFP, Ryan spent the Fall of 2019 at Corvinus University in Budapest where he studied the transition and post-transition challenges within Hungary and other CEE countries. While at Corvinus, Ryan was also a part-time intern at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in which he conducted research on Russia’s political, economic, and military coercion of Ukraine under the administration of Zolodymyr Zelensky.

Prior to his university studies, Ryan was a certified paramedic and worked in the Emergency Medical Service for more than a decade in the state of Arizona. He is married for nine years and has a seven-year-old son. After the fellowship program, Ryan plans to complete his Master’s program at ASU, with the intent of working as a regional specialist in either the Defense Intelligence Agency or the US State Department.

Ludovika – University of Public Service is a specialised higher educational institution, the principal aim of which is to educate highly qualified personnel for the civil service, the military as well as the different branches of law enforcement. Besides the faculties, the Ludovika research institutions focus on topical international questions as well as the theory of the state. In the autumn, new programs like the College of Visegrád and the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy will be launched. The beautifully restored old Royal Ludovika Academy symbolises the important heritage of the university, while the newly built educational facilities are equipped with state of the art technology to help the educational activities. The campus in Orczy Park is easy to reach by public transport and home to sports facilities, like a swimming pool, a sports hall as well as horse riding stables. The dorms for visiting fellows are self-contained units. Erasmus as well as Stipendium Hungaricum students ensure vibrant international student life.

Izabella Markó

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program Intern

Year: 2020

Host Institution: The Hungary Foundation & Mathias Corvinus Collegium

Research Focus: International relations, international economic relations, diplomacy and politics

Quote: “With the help of the Budapest Fellowship Program, one can not just develop professionally and personally, but can also kickstart a professional career, and last but not least, one can help in building bridges between our region – specifically talking about Hungary – and the United States, which is quite unique.”

Read her introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

During her high school years, Iza was already interested in multiple disciplines – IR, social sciences and politics, just to name a few – so she took the opportunity and applied to Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s (MCC) Secondary School Program. While at university, she remained a student at MCC where she first concluded the Junior Program, then the Faculty of Central Europe, and now she is a member of the Leadership Academy that MCC offers.

During her time as a BA student in IR, Iza – as an intern – contributed to the work of the Danube Institute and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) in Hungary. The fields she was mainly focusing on at both institutions were either in connection with Central Europe or with the Anglo Saxon countries. She also contributed to the work of Takarékbank Zrt. through a scholarship program offered by Takarékbank itself. Her interest in international relations, international economic relations, diplomacy and politics led her to choose not just her field of study but her field and place of work too: she is currently working at the Budapest based think-tank, Danube Institute. Besides work and university, she also had the chance to challenge and develop her skills by taking part in various student projects – for example organizing theme-oriented summer schools for youngsters from all around the world or competitions for high school students.

Being an MCC student led her to HIF and specifically to the Budapest Fellowship Program also, and soon she realized the great opportunity and potential that is actually in it.

The Hungary Foundation is a solely charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation pursues its mission and goals by supporting Hungarian-American organizations and by supporting programs that strengthen interaction and cooperation between Hungarian and American citizens and institutions. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting cultural, educational and scholarly activities. The Foundation does not participate in political activities, political or election campaigns.

Mathias Corvinus Collegium is an extracurricular educational institution and knowledge center in Hungary with an outstanding reputation for its academic excellence. With more than twenty years of experience in talent promotion, MCC aims to educate well-prepared intellectuals with critical thinking who are also able to responsibly address the challenges of our time. MCC Research is the “university think tank” of the Collegium which aspires to elaborate on relevant yet socially divisive topics while communicating them for the public applying clear and plain language in a thoughtful, logical manner.

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