Zoltán Fehér is a diplomat-scholar. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. In 2020-2021, he is a World Politics and Statecraft Fellow with the Smith Richardson Foundation. In 2019, he taught his self-designed course What is Grand Strategy? at the Department of Political Science at Tufts University.
He served in the Hungarian government for 12 years as a professional diplomat. In 2005-2009, he worked as policy analyst and spokesperson for the Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC. In 2011-2014, he was Hungary’s Deputy Ambassador and Acting Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey.
Since 2002, he has conducted extensive research and taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in International Relations. In his research, he has focused on US foreign policy and grand strategy, Trans-Atlantic relations, Central and Eastern Europe, China and Turkey. He has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Summer School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Fletcher School, Ivy League Summer Institute (Harvard Law School), Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest), King Sigismund Business School, and in the joint program of Pazmany Catholic University of Hungary and the University of San Francisco. In 2016, he worked as a teaching assistant to Joseph Nye at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Fehér is also an expert in geopolitical risk, working with Duco Advisors, GlobalWonks, and companies in the financial sector. In 2017-2019, he served as the Co-Chair of the Fletcher Political Risk Conference, the only political risk industry forum in North America.
Fehér graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in American Studies (American History) from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and a Law degree (JD) from Pázmány Catholic University, Budapest.
He is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His dissertation focuses on U.S. strategy vis-à-vis China between 1970 and 2020. He has studied with Joseph Nye, Stephen Walt, Niall Ferguson, Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., Monica Toft, and Richard Rosecrance. He has been the recipient of the Vali Scholarship (Harvard Kennedy School), Bradley Fellowship, Provost Fellowship and Graduate Competitive Initiative Fellowship (Tufts University), Taussig Fellowship in Honor of William Martel (Fletcher School), among other awards.
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