Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies

Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies


Péter Tálas, Dean of the Faculty

Dr. Péter Tálas PhD, Associate Professor
Head of Centre

Dr. Tálas is probably the most well-known expert of security and defense policy in Hungary due to his regular appearances in public lectures and media. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences and is a Candidate of Political Sciences, and his interdisciplinary approach to security studies and his extensive engagement in research and education has brought him acknowledgement both in Hungary and abroad. Dr. Tálas is a former advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary in the field of security policy, with specialized research interest in Central and Eastern Europe.




Office: H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika sqr. 2., Ludovika Main Building Room 252.
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 20795
E-mail: Talas.Peter@uni-nke.hu

Established in 1992, the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies (CSDS) is today among the top 10 most acknowledged think tanks in Eastern Central Europe in the field of strategic and defence studies. Its mission is to provide decision-makers with an appropriate and up-to-date background analysis in the fields of security and defence policy and strategic planning, as well as observing and analyzing the relationship between the Hungarian Armed Forces and Hungarian society. Research fellows maintain primary relations with the Ministry of Defence, the Hungarian Defence Forces’ General Staff and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our occasional papers on current strategic and security policy issues, CSDS Analyses and CSDS Viewpoints, are available online at the NUPS homepage, while our peer-review journal, ‘Nation and Security – Security Policy Review’ that is published 6 times a year in Hungarian (‘Nemzet és Biztonság – Biztonságpolitikai Szemle’) and 2 times in English is available both online (www.nemzetesbiztonsag.hu) and in hard copy.

Besides the Centre’s primary activity of conducting research and analysis of security and defence related issues, research fellows are actively involved in the societal dialogue and discourse around ‘security’ through public outreach, media activities and education, what we call ‘the marketing of security’ in other words. Our staff also participate in providing education at BA, MA and PhD levels in various institutions of higher education. An outstanding example of our public outreach activities was the XV. Euro-Atlantic Summer University, a forum for students, young professionals and members of the military, as well as the public administration that has been co-organized with the Ministry of Defence in 2014 at the Peace Support Training Centre of the Hungarian Defense Forces in Szolnok, Hungary.

Recently our efforts have been focused on reinforcing our professional network in Central Europe, developing and maintaining substantial and meaningful cooperative frameworks with think tanks in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia and we strive to extend these ties further in the region and beyond. As part of this effort, CSDS has been organizing a series of expert workshops on regional security cooperation supported by the Institute of International Studies with the aim of bringing our understandings of security perception and our approaches to cooperation in the field of defence closer.

The Centre organized a conference on „Energy Security and Diplomacy in 2013” on 26 August 2013 in the Hotel Boscolo, Budapest. The aim of this conference was to look into some of the major challenges and developments in the field of energy security and energy diplomacy by confronting views from the sides of government, academia, industry and specialized experts.

On 28 February 2014 the Centre for Strategic and Defense Studier organized an expert’s workshop on regional security. The workshop Exchanging views on security perception and possibilities of enhancing cooperation in Central Europe welcomed to Budapest regional partners and esteemed researchers of political and social sciences, as well as security policy experts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The aim of the workshop was to exchange the experts’ views on security perception in respective Central European countries regarding three broad topics: the security and threat perception of these societies; potential societal conf licts; as well as the societal attitudes related to the armed forces and their role in homeland defence and crisis management.

In April 2014 the Conference on NATO Partnership 2014 “The past, present and the future of partnership programs” offered a chance for the participants to obtain up-to-date information about the partnership relations of the NATO 41 countries that guarantee the organization’s ability to tackle with the challenges of global security threats. The keynote speaker Gábor Iklódy former deputy secretary general of the NATO provided a comprehensive outlook on the current issues of NATO partnerships world-wide. Representatives of the embassies of the Russian Federation and the United States also participated at the conference.

Hungarian experts and officials shared their views on the NATO Summit in Wales at a conference on the 8th of September. The event focused on the political messages eminating from the decisions taken in Wales, the relationship between Ukraine and Russia and the role of Hungary within the Alliance.