TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

The name “Top 10” makes it sound like we will see something pleasant. For most of these photos, the opposite is true. They depict horrific events which we wish would never happen in the first place. #10: “I only tried to record the events through my camera. I had to document what I saw, one…

Budapest Teleki Blanka Gymnasium

Hungarian pupils perform poorly in school – OECD PISA report

Today, the EC published an evaluation of the EU’s performance in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was published. It assesses the progress 15-year old pupils in OECD countries have made from 2009 to 2012 in the subjects of Math, Science and Reading. The OECD has the following to say about Hungary’s performance:…

Euroscepticism

Euroscepticism: Causes and the need for a solution

In light of the European Parliament elections of 2014 and the expected gains of the far right – who are more inclined towards being eurosceptic than any other group – the motivations for people to favor the political right is analyzed. “What causes people to be eurosceptic?” is the question at hand. Support for the…

Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Snippet: A WRR report on Dutch foreign policy

A 2011 WRR (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, translated: Scientific Council for Government Policy) report on reshaping Dutch foreign policy is critical in light of the tendency of Dutch cabinets to pursue an overly active and unrealistic foreign policy. During the Cold War, it was believed that the end of the Soviet era would bring about…

V4

USAK hosted “V4 Cooperation and Energy Security” Conference

This article was published in the website of the International Strategic Research Organization. USAK Energy Security Research Center organized a conference in partnership with the Hungarian Embassy entitled “V4 Cooperation and Energy Security”. The keynote speaker was Hungary’s Ambassador to Turkey, Dr. János Hóvári. Presentations followed by Poland’s Deputy Head of Mission Piotr Krawczyk, Slovakia’s Deputy Head of…

CEU

Advice on writing a research proposal

The Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) has an excellent explanatory video on what to pay attention to when writing a research proposal – particularly for a PhD. Eszter Timar of the Center for Academic Writing at the CEU gives the following tips – since the slides are not online, I wrote down the points she…