Department of International Relations

One of the most important developments or events in the unit's history:

CEU was ranked 29th globally in the QS Academic Rankings in the field of 'Politics and International Studies' in 2015.

The most important development in 2014-15:

The Department of International Relations and European Studies (IRES) was renamed Department of International Relations (IR) in the summer of 2014.
This is not the first time the department changes its name, having been established in Prague in 1993 as a Program in European Studies. The unit's move to Budapest in 1996 was accompanied by a renaming to International Relations and European Studies.
As the department name has moved towards a more general term, specializations and tracks have increased (international relations and security; international political economy; European and Eurasian Studies; security; development) and become more diverse to allow students to pursue their research interests.

Other important developments in 2014-15:

  • The Department accredited and launched two new Master's Program: A two-year Master's Degree in International Relations (with specializations in Security and Development) and a Master's degree in Global Economic Relations, jointly run with the Department of Economics (full-time and part-time).
  • Professor Erin K. Jenne was awarded a MINERVA Grant from the US Department of Defense (together with Robert Jervis and Gregory Mitrovich, from Columbia University) to work on a project which examines how the rising power of China of today and the United States over a century ago used "culture" to advance their security interests and establish a position of global leadership.

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15:

Associate Professor and Department Head Matteo Fumagalli and Associate Professor and Director of the KF Global E-School in Eurasia Youngmi Kim launched a number of asynchronous online classes in international relations and political science at the University of Yangon and Mandalay University, as part of the project funded by the Open Society Foundation aimed at teaching and research capacity building in Myanmar.

Faculty distinctions in 2014-15:

Visiting Professor Kristin Makszin (together with Carsten Q. Schneider, Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science) won the Socio-Economic Review Annual Prize for the best article published in the journal in 2014 for their article Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-Based Participatory Inequality. Schneider and Makszin's paper analyzes how institutional conditions shape the impact of differences in education on political participation in capitalist democracies.

Major events in 2014-15:

In 2016, Paul Roe, Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, will take over as Coordinating Editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development (JIRD). JIRD has increasingly become one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in the fields of International Relations, International Political Economy, and Security Studies. Founded in the late 1990s as the official journal of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA), JIRD is very much a 'global journal with regional roots'; while attracting many leading, international scholars, JIRD also seeks to promote the work of specifically young academics from the CEE region. Professor Roe will head an editorial team which includes Professor Dorothe Bohle, from CEU's Political Science Department, as well as other scholars from Hungary, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.

Other news or information

As part of the CEU Humanities Initiative the Department of International Relations hosts two visiting fellows (Mate Nikola Tokic and Kristina Stoeckl) in the areas of diasporas and terrorism, and religion and conflict in Europe. Indre Balcaite joined the Department as a Post-Doctoral Fellow working on ethnic