"Creative tension" across the ocean

The Ludovika University of Public Service's (LUPS) John Lukacs Institute (JLI), and the Ludovika Collegium jointly organized an event titled "The Doctrine of United States Foreign Policy" on April 16th at the Zrínyi Hall of the Ludovika Main Building. Balázs Mártonffy, the research director of LUPS EJKK JLI, welcomed the attendees, highlighting the importance of understanding political polarization and bipartisan cooperation in the United States. He introduced Jordan Tama, a guest of the institute and Ludovika Collegium, whose recent book "Cooperation in a Polarized Age" published by Oxford University Press addresses these themes, emphasizing their growing significance not only in academia but also in everyday discourse.

Following the introduction, Jordan Tama, a professor at the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C., delivered a presentation on American foreign policy. He discussed three main topics: firstly, how the roles of the president and Congress are regulated by the U.S. Constitution; secondly, the implications of polarization and how bipartisan cooperation manifests in foreign policy despite it; and finally, he explored the potential future of the United States' grand strategy in foreign policy.

For more details about the presentation and the subsequent professional discussion, please refer to the university's scientific portal and the article on

Text by: Tibor Sarnyai

Photo by: Dénes Szilágyi