Current Scholars

Károly Barabási

Program: HAC Leadership Training Program

Year: 2020

Host Institution: International Tax and Investment Center’s (ITIC)

Interests: security policy, the political and electoral system of the United States, U.S. foreign policy as well as international finance, economics and business

Quote: “I believe that there is no better place to develop myself than in the United States since I have been studying about international relations for 4 years now. I am eager to prove myself and I am very much interested in gaining hands-on knowledge because it will ultimately complement my theoretical knowledge. I hope that I can use the experience gained during this internship whether in public administration or in the private sector. My dream for the future is to work in connection with the United States, foreign affairs and public service.”


Károly obtained his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest, Hungary) and is currently working on his Master’s degree in International Public Service Relations at the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary). He is interested in security policy, the political and electoral system of the United States, U.S. foreign policy as well as international finance, economics and business.

The International Tax and Investment Center’s (ITIC) Energy Growth and Security (EGS) Program, headed by Dr. Ariel Cohen focuses on infrastructure investments, natural resources, and energy transformations unfolding in Eurasia and around the world. He is following state guidelines to shelter-in-place and work remotely until the health crisis is over, but fortunately, ITIC has experience with remote interns located across the US.

Eliza Hajdu

Program: HIF Spring Intern

Year: 2020

Host Institution: The Hungary Initiatives Foundation Internship

Research Focus: 

Quote: “I got my first insight from HIF during The Young Hungarian Leaders Program last autumn. After the wonderful study sessions, workshops, meetings, and think-tanks with high position U.S. government representatives and Washington DC’s best academics, I saw what a remarkable job HIF is doing for the civil relations between Hungary and the United States. When I had the opportunity to be a part of the team, I took it immediately. I knew how fortunate I was, because working at HIF has given me the experience to be part of such an extraordinary initiative, while working for a foundation helping the Hungarian-American relations.”

Read her introduction here:

Eliza Hajdu is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate from Niagara University in New York. She obtained her degrees in Business Management from Hof University, Germany, and Commerce and Marketing from Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences, Hungary.

After the university years in Germany, she lived in Bangalore, India and worked in the field of business development at Integro Infotech and Consulting. She also gained important experience from the nonprofit sector at the Smart Cities India Foundation, where she was working on several smart city projects.

During the first year of her MBA, she moved to New York City to start her professional career in the Business Capital of The World, where she worked as a consultant account representative in Manhattan, for Fortune 500 clients.

The Hungary Initiatives 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.

Zsombor Zeöld

Program: Andrássy Fellow

Year: 2019

Host Institution: CEPA

Research Focus: Three Seas Initiative

Quote: “The Andrássy-defined Central European region has been widened by countries such as Ukraine, and the countries of the Balkans—some of these have become integral actors of Central Europe. Although the regional landscape has changed since his time, the need for maintaining close relations with the countries of the region remains the same. Finding common grounds for cooperation in (regional) formats—e.g. Visegrad+, EU—, therefore, constitutes an utmost necessity.”

Publications: Central European Caleidoscope: How to Unite the Region in Times of UncertaintySharp Power in Sharp Focus, Fighting Words, Race Against Time, France’s Post-Brexit Shenanigans

Read his introduction here:

Zsombor Zeöld is a 2019 Andrássy Fellow in National Security. His main research interest centers around the political–economic nexus between Central Europe and the United States. Zeöld was previously a member of the Hungarian diplomatic corps, where he gained experience working on multiple bilateral Central European desks. He previously served as the press and cultural attaché at the Hungarian embassy in Warsaw, Poland. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan, public policy research institute. Their mission is transatlantic: to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure, and politically free Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. Their analytical team consists of the world’s leading experts on Central-East Europe, Russia, and its neighbors. Through cutting-edge research, analysis, and programs they provide fresh insight on energy, security and defense to government officials and agencies; they help transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes; and they build networks of future Atlanticist leaders.