Foreign policy commentator, foreign policy editor in the Hungarian conservative daily newspaper“Magyar Nemzet”(since 2000). Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: head of the Moscow bureau of the newspaper“Magyar Nemzet”(1995-1997).
Research interests: post-Soviet space, Central and Eastern Europe.
Selected publications: author of many publications on major international problems, specifically on the development of contemporary Russia, its place in the world and its relations with CIS countries, including “The Empire's Revalued Backyard”, “Russia Discovers Central Europe once Again; “What Shall we do with Russia?” Books:“The Putin Mystery”(2000).
Received many Hungarian journalist awards, and the Republic of Poland's Knight's Cross for his contribution to strengthening ties between the two countries.
Putin, and the conservative advisers he is currently listening to, have yet to show that they realize the scale of the political change that is taking place in Russia. It is generational. It is an awakening, and once awake people will not go back to sleep so soon.
The wind of change must be blowing somewhere near Moldova. There have been changes in the leadership of the self-proclaimed Trans-Dniester Republic, which retains its sovereignty thanks largely to Russia’s support. And those changes have come as a complete surprise to Moscow.
The old methods are no longer effective. If Putin wants to take back the initiative, he needs to be more open and audacious. His headquarters realized this almost too late. But now that he has taken up the challenge, he will not lose the streets to the opposition.
Is the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) an opportunity or a burden for the post-Soviet space? Can we speak about a new geopolitical reality or a renewed push for integration in the region? Or is the CIS no more than a club of seniors, whose only historic achievement was to lessen the blow caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union?
Dmitry Medvedev’s three years as president should be assessed within the framework of the distributive function regarding both internal and external political issues. This tangibly increased room for maneuver within the “tandemocracy” even though the current president’s political portrait acquired increasingly distinct features.
Despite some obvious similarities, the wave of protests and violence that has been sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa differs in many ways from the challenges facing Central Asian nations. It is because of these important differences that events in the Arab world are unlikely to directly affect this region.