Research Projects

Strategic Analyses for Supporting Governmental Decision-making in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy


The Center for Strategic and Defense Studies (CSDS) of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) realizes the 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 in the timeframe October 2016 – September 2018.


General background

The National University of Public Service has been granted multi-annual research funds from the European Union through the government of Hungary for the purposes of developing good governance practices, adopting best practices in this field, and improving the training, education and work of those employed in the public sector. Two main fields are to be targeted within this wide framework: KÖFOP-2.1.1. on developing public service institutions, training, education and services, and KÖFOP-2.1.2. on improving international embeddedness and developing research programs. Research grants are available to NUPS’ established research centers, research workshops on specific topics and individual faculty members of NUPS for advancing skills, aiding research and supporting academic qualifications.

Within the KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15–2016-00001 „Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance” project funding framework the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies applied for funding from NUPS in an overarching research project “Strategic Analyses for Supporting Governmental Decision-making in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy”.

Timeframe: October 2016 – September 2018 (24 months)

Preparatory phase: October 2016 – January 2017

Project phase 1: January 2017 – September 2017

Project phase 2: October 2017 – September 2018


Structure

The project is made up of 8 pillars, each focusing on a key area of interest for Hungary, overseen by the director of CSDS, Dr. Péter Tálas. Three methodological pillars aim at gaining access to best practices and lessons learnt in the fields of Strategic foresight (1), Strategic guidance and planning (2) and Analytical methodology (3), while five pillars focus on geographical regions in order to improve our understanding of drivers, trends and processes that govern foreign and security policies in Central Europe (4), the Balkans (5), the Post-Soviet region (6), Africa (7) and the Far East (8). Scholarly work within the pillars will be directed and coordinated by policy field coordinators affiliated with CSDS.

The planned results of research carried out within each pillar include analytical, methodological and comparative study volumes, policy papers, journal articles both in Hungarian and in English, as well as a series of scientific workshops, seminars and conferences.

 

Strategic Analyses for Supporting Governmental Decision-making in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy


The Center for Strategic and Defense Studies (CSDS) of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) realizes the 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 in the timeframe October 2016 – September 2018.


General background

The National University of Public Service has been granted multi-annual research funds from the European Union through the government of Hungary for the purposes of developing good governance practices, adopting best practices in this field, and improving the training, education and work of those employed in the public sector. Two main fields are to be targeted within this wide framework: KÖFOP-2.1.1. on developing public service institutions, training, education and services, and KÖFOP-2.1.2. on improving international embeddedness and developing research programs. Research grants are available to NUPS’ established research centers, research workshops on specific topics and individual faculty members of NUPS for advancing skills, aiding research and supporting academic qualifications.

Within the KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15–2016-00001 „Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance” project funding framework the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies applied for funding from NUPS in an overarching research project “Strategic Analyses for Supporting Governmental Decision-making in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy”.

Timeframe: October 2016 – September 2018 (24 months)

Preparatory phase: October 2016 – January 2017

Project phase 1: January 2017 – September 2017

Project phase 2: October 2017 – September 2018


Structure

The project is made up of 8 pillars, each focusing on a key area of interest for Hungary, overseen by the director of CSDS, Dr. Péter Tálas. Three methodological pillars aim at gaining access to best practices and lessons learnt in the fields of Strategic foresight (1), Strategic guidance and planning (2) and Analytical methodology (3), while five pillars focus on geographical regions in order to improve our understanding of drivers, trends and processes that govern foreign and security policies in Central Europe (4), the Balkans (5), the Post-Soviet region (6), Africa (7) and the Far East (8). Scholarly work within the pillars will be directed and coordinated by policy field coordinators affiliated with CSDS.

The planned results of research carried out within each pillar include analytical, methodological and comparative study volumes, policy papers, journal articles both in Hungarian and in English, as well as a series of scientific workshops, seminars and conferences.

The work within the Central European pillar will be structured in two phases: in the first phase country-specific studies will be assembled by policy field experts of the 10 countries chosen along competitive criteria, following upon an open call for papers in January 2017. The second phase will result in comparative papers building upon the research results of the first phase.

An introductory project-development meeting on the Central European pillar was held on December 7, 2016 in Budapest, outlining the project framework as follows:

 

Following upon the project-development meeting, field-specific Call for Papers will be issued and distributed in January 2017, outlining the conceptual starting point, research questions, expected structure of the papers and providing the guidelines for authors. The introductory presentation outline of the meeting is available here:

 

Contact:

Tamás Csiki

research fellow

Center for Strategic and Defense Studies

csiki.tamas@uni-nke.hu

+36 1 432 9000 / 20821 (ext.)

1083 Budapest, Hungária körút 9-11.

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