to the CSDS PEACE Project

Partnership in EAst- Central Europe

About CSDS

The Center for Strategic and Defense Studies is the successor of the Institute for Strategic and Defense Studies, established in 1992. Due to continued reform of the wider institutional framework, the former Institute has been functioning in various arrangements under the Hungarian Ministry of Defense, then from 2007 under the National Defense University, and finally from January 01, 2012 under the National University of Public Service, also changing its name to the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies (CSDS).

The Center’s mission is to provide decision-makers appropriate and up-to-date background analysis in the field of security and defense policy, strategic planning and military operations, as well as observing and analyzing the relation of the Hungarian Armed Forces and Hungarian society. Besides, CSDS is actively involved in the societal dialogue and discourse about 'security' through media and education.


Regarding its consultative status, the Center enjoys the benefits of both state-funding and project-funding, while being situated in an academic environment at the National University of Public Service. This provides a status of a semi-independent research institute, able to articulate independent opinion as an NGO, while maintaining the necessary consultative link towards governmental spheres. CSDS maintains primary relations with the Ministry of Defense, the Hungarian Defense Forces (General Staff and military organizations as well), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Relations with nongovernmental institutions are ad hoc, or project based. CSDS remains open and committed to cooperation and available to its consolidated, as well as new partners.



The Center’s primary activity is conducting research and analysis of security and defense related issues. However, important fields of CSDS activities are public outreach and media activities, 'security marketing' in other words. CSDS staff is involved in education as well, giving lectures and delivering courses in their respective fields of research in various universities at all levels of higher education, BA – MA – PhD.



CSDS realizes its ongoing international EU-funded research project ‘Strategic Analyses for Supporting Governmental Decision-making in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy’ within the KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15–2016-00001 ‘Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance’ project funding framework at the National University of Public Service.



Further information on CSDS is available here in English and in Hungarian.

Further information on NUPS is available here in English and in Hungarian.


About the CSDS PEACE Project

CSDS Partnership in EAst Central Europe, or PEACE, is a key pillar of the research project ‘Strategic Analyses for Supporting Governmental Decision-making in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy’ run by CSDS throughout 2017-2018 (see below). Coordinated by Dr Péter Tálas, director of CSDS and Tamás Csiki, research fellow of CSDS, this pillar focuses on assembling comparative studies on 10 policy fields in 10 East Central European countries written by subject-matter experts of the region.


The 10 studied and analyzed policy fields are: Security perception; Economic integration and interdependence; Defense policy role in NATO & EU; Demography and migration; Foreign & security policy institutions and decision-making; Regional cooperation; Relations with the United States; Relations with Russia; Relations with Germany and Relations with China.


The 10 countries are: Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.


The regional embeddedness is the project is supported by the Central European Perspectives Workshop Series organized by CSDS since 2013. These expert workshops and seminars, organized twice a year in the Spring and Autumn academic semesters, offer a meeting point for practitioners and analysts of foreign, security and defense policy issues, both on a national and regional basis. The added value of these events is their fundamental comparative nature, as participants always discuss a central current security policy topic of their shared interest, having regional implications for Central Europe or even beyond.


An introductory project-development meeting was held on December 7, 2016 in Budapest, outlining the project framework and gathering input for the comparative studies. After its launch, CSDS PEACE Project is structured in three phases:



1.) In the first phase, the authors of country-specific studies will be selected along competitive criteria, following upon the open call for papers.



Prospective authors:


Based on the detailed open Call for Papers (CfP) on each subject (find them below), CSDS is seeking prospective authors for the policy field studies between September 1 – December 1, 2017. Seeking best quality and most suitable form, the authors will be experts of the CEE countries who ideally deal with the security and defense policy of their country, selected through a competitive process. (The authors are not necessarily citizens of the given country they write about, if their expertise allows. I.e., a Czech author may have the expertise to assess a given policy field in the Slovak context.)


Interested potential authors need to submit a 500-word-long abstract via E-mail to the respective editor of the study volume on a given policy field (whose contact is included in the CfPs), by December 1, 2017, outlining the key theses that he/she deems important to include in the paper in line with the proposed structure of the papers, as included in the CfPs. The editor will be a Hungarian expert of the given policy field, keeping contact and coordinating the work of the authors. All applicants will be notified via E-mail by December 15, 2017 and selected contributors will also be informed about the due process of contracting.


Selection criteria will be: the abstract being in line with the proposed structure in CfPs; indicated source base (i.e. data underpinning the research); the prospective author’s professional background and experience.

Policy fields and respective editors’ contact:

Security perception

Economic integration & interdependence

Defense policy role in NATO, EU

Demography & migration

Foreign & security policy institutions and decision-making

Regional cooperation

Relations with the U.S.

Relations with Russia

Relations with Germany

Relations with China

Tamás Csiki (csiki.tamas@uni-nke.hu)

Zoltán Felméry (felmery.zoltan@uni-nke.hu)

Gergely Varga (gergelyvg@yahoo.com)

Péter Tálas (talas.peter@uni-nke.hu)

Péter Marton (pmarton@gmail.com)

Zsuzsanna Végh (zsuzsannavegh.zv@gmail.com)

Anna Péczeli (peczeli.anna@uni-nke.hu)

András Rácz (andras.racz@gmail.com)

András Hettyey (hettyey.andras@uni-nke.hu)

Tamás Matura (tamas.matura@gmail.com




September 1, 2017:    Call for papers issued

September 1 – December 1, 2017:   Prospective authors submit abstracts via E-mail to the editors

December 15, 2017:    Feedback to all submissions provided, selected authors contacted for contracting (A Sample Agreement is available here.)



2.) In the second phase, policy field experts of the 10 countries write and submit their chapters, double per-review takes place:





Authors will receive a symbolic financial compensation: a gross amount of ca. 460-480 EUR (depending on the HUF/EUR exchange ratio), for which all related author’s and copyrights are to be transferred to NUPS.

Each author is fully responsible for the content of his/her own 40.000 characters long chapter.

The format requirements of the single papers are listed in the Guidelines for authors.

The volumes will be published in English in 2019.

The papers should follow the structure determined in the CfPs, and in general:


A: Have a strategic view: deal with trends, events and transformative processes in the respective countries in the period 1989-2017, with a brief outlook, where possible.

B: Be fact-based and analytical: rely on official documents and data, where possible, also analysing the processes that these sources underpin

C: Have a comparative manner: by following the structure determined in the CfPs, the policy field-specific chapters will remain comparable throughout the 10 CEE countries.

D: The volumes will be completed by an introductory chapter on the framework (written by the editor of the volume) and a closing evaluation that overviews the cross-country convergences and divergences of a given policy field, looking for regional patterns.




April 1, 2018:     Manuscripts submitted to editors for first review

May 15, 2018:     First review returned

June 15, 2018:     Manuscripts submitted to editors for second (final) review

July 30, 2018:     Manuscripts finalized



3.) The third phase will result in comparative papers building upon the research results of the second phase, altogether published as 10 independent volumes on the given policy fields.




Calls for Papers

Following upon the December 2016 project-development meeting, field-specific Call for Papers had been issued, outlining the conceptual starting point, research questions, expected structure of the papers and providing the guidelines for authors, as it follows.


For each Call for Paper editors are looking for abstracts outlining proposals for 10 respective cases, i.e. ‘Security perception in Austria’, ‘Security perception in Croatia’, ‘Security perception in the Czech Republic’, ‘Security perception in Hungary’, ‘Security perception in Poland’, ‘Security perception in Romania’, ‘Security perception in Serbia’, ‘Security perception in Slovakia’, ‘Security perception in Slovenia’, ‘Security perception in Ukraine’.


If you have any questions or wish to participate, please do not hesitate to contact us on the given contacts below!

Budapest, Hungária krt. 9-11

0522 - 235 75321 357


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