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Thesis topic proposals of the Department of International Relations

Thesis topic proposals of the Department of International Relations

(In addition to the given topics, it is possible to choose a different topic after consultation with the thesis supervisor.)

Update: 27.10.2021

Dr. Ferkelt Balázs PhD

Associate professor

D. II. 22. e-mail:

Dr. habil János Sáringer PhD

Associate professor

D. II. 22. e-mail:

László Bodnár

Visiting lecturer

D. II. 24. e-mail:

Dr. Judit Andrea Buday-Sántha PhD

College associate professor

D. II. 4. e-mail:

Dr. habil Endre Domonkos

Senior research fellow

D. II. 24. e-mail:

  1.  The impacts of cohesion policy in Spain within the financial perspective between 2014 and 2020.
  2.  Spain’s European policy and its standpoint about the financial perspective 2021-2027.
  3.  The transformation of the party system in Spain in the light of parliamentary elections of 2015.
  4.  Geopolitics of Portugal in the 20th and 21st century.
  5.  The relationship of the EU and Latin-America after the turn of the millennium.
  6.  Economic History of Central and Eastern Europe during the inter-war period. The evaluation of economic development of a Central and Eastern European country over the period 1918-1939.
  7. Economic History of Central and Eastern Europe between 1945 and 1989. The evaluation of economic development of a Central and Eastern European country over the period 1945-1989.
  8.  Hungary’s economic policy from the change of regime till the present days.
  9. The impacts of Brexit on the Central and Eastern European countries. 

Dr. Pál István Gyene PhD

College associate professor

D. II. 8. e-mail:

  1.  Measuring democracy. Perspectives of democratization in a certain region or country (e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Middle East etc.)
  2. Covid pandemics, and counter-epidemic measures in western democracies and eastern autocracies (possible case studies: China, USA, Germany, Sweden etc.).
  3.  Regional integrations and terrirtorial separatism int he post soviet region (possible case studies: eurasian Union, Transnistria, Crimean crisis etc.).
  4.  Ethnic separatism and secessionist movements in Europe (possible case studies: Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders etc.).
  5.  „Failed states” case studies (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia etc.)
  6.  The Middle East after the „Arabic Spring”. Political islam and jihadist terrorism. Terrorism and migration.
  7.  Right-wing and left-wing populism in USA, Europe or in Latin-America (possible case studies: UK and Brexit, Brazil, USA etc.)
  8. Rentier-states and „resource course”. „Dutch disease” effects in oil and mineral exporter economies. Rentierism and authoriter exercising of political power (possible case studies: Gulf monarchies, post-soviet Central Asian states, Venezuela, Nigeria etc.)
  9.  Surveillance states and surveillance capitalism. Political polarization and social media regulations.
  10. Transnational networks of illegal drug trade. „Narco state” case studies (Mexico, Colombia, Afganisthan etc.). 

Prof. Dr. Endre Marinovich CSc

Professor Emeritus, visiting lecturer

D. II. 5.

Dr. Bence Péter Marosán PhD

Senior lecturer

D. II. 8. e-mail:

  1. Religion as a social phenomenon and praxis

Recommended literature:

Eliade, Mircea (1987): The Sacred and the Profane. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Wright, Robert (2009): The Evolution of God. Little, Brown and Company

2. Sustainability, environmental ethics and protection. Ecological problems and their social effects in the 21st Century.

Recommended literature:

Homer-Dixon, Thomas F. (2001): Environment, Scarcity, and Violence. Princeton University Press

Wackernagel, M. and W. Rees. (1996): Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers

3. Narrative types in the cinema and other arts

Recommended literature:

Bíró Yvette (2008): Turbulence and Flow in Film. Indiana University Press

Bordwell, David (1985): Narration in the Fiction Film. University of Wisconsin Press

Kovács András Bálint (2008): Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980 (Cinema and Modernity). University of Chicago Press

4. Role of institutions in the evolution of democracy

Recommended literature:

Acemoglu, Daron – Robinson, James A. (2013): Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Crown Business, New York

Fukuyama, Francis (2012): The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fukuyama, Francis (2015): Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

5. Formation of national and cultural identity

Recommended literature:

Geary, Patrick (2003): The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe. Princeton University Press

Assmann, Jan (2012): Cultural Memory and Early Civilization: Writing, Remembrance, and Political Imagination. Cambridge University Press

Fukuyama, Francis (2018): Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Dr. Milada Nagy PhD

College associate professor

D. II. 24. e-mail:

Dr. László Nyusztay László PhD

Professor Emeritus, visiting lecturer

D. II. 28. e-mail:

  1. Evolution and specialisation of diplomacy in the recent decades. Traditional and new branches of diplomacy. Enlargement of the circle of actors and agenda, renewal of instruments and their impact on international relations.
  2. Issues of multilateral diplomacy. Evolution and reforming efforts of international institutions and organisations in the recent decades.
  3. Political aspects of European integration and Euro-Atlantic cooperation. Institutions of European security architecture (outside EU), NATO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, sub-regional groupings.
  4.  International policy aspects of socio-economic transition in the East-Central European region. Possibilities and recent experiences of the international role of the Visegrad countries: activities of Visegrad Four (V4) as a sub-regional initiative in the region.
  5.  Evolution of Italy’s foreign policy in the post-bipolar world order
  6.  Development of foreign policies of two regional powers in Africa and Asia, the Arab Republic of Egypt and India, in the recent quarter of a century.

Dr. Judit Szilágyi PhD

Senior lecturer

D. II. 24. e-mail:

  1. Crisis management and its effects, reform attempts in the European Union

2. Foreign policy priorities and challenges of the European Union, current challenges, and conflicts

3. Current conflicts and developments in the European Union, interests of major stakeholders in a particular conflict

4. Sovereignty and supranationalism in the EU

5. Current economic or political developments in the United States

6. Foreign policy of the United States, the promotion of US interests, analysis of a current international conflict involving the US

7. The evolving influence of China, in particular the Belt and Road Initiative and its elements and effects

8. Economic models, challenges to the neoliberal model, the developmental state