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Eszter Simon

Senior Lecturer

Politics and International Relations

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Eszter Simon is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Her main research interests are Hungarian foreign and domestic politics, trust in International Relations, the role of the Moscow-Washington hotline in crisis management, and foreign policy analysis (esp. role theory).

Career overview

She earned her first degree in American Studies with specializations in Political Theory and European Politics from the University of Szeged in Hungary. She earned her MA in Political Science in 2002 and PhD in Political Science in 2008 from Central European University in Hungary. She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) in 2010-2011. Previously, she worked for Comenius University (Slovakia), Economics University in Bratislava (Slovakia), the University of Szeged, and Masaryk University (Czech Republic).

She is a member of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and the International Studies Association (ISA) and is a Steering Committee member of the Teaching and Learning Politics and International Relations standing group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). She has done substantial work on issues relating to teaching and learning Politics and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013.

She is module leader for Understanding Foreign Policy, International Relations and Global History, and teaches on various other modules, including Theory and Methods, Working with Politics and International Relations, and Russian Politics.


Most recent publications:

Trusting through the Moscow-Washington Hotline: A Role-Theoretical Explanation of the Hotline's Contribution to Signal Interpretation and Crisis Stability, (with Agnes Simon), 2020, Journal of Global Security Studies, online first.

Two Faces of Hungary: From Democratization to Democratic Backsliding, (with Andras Bozoki), 2019, pp. 221-247, in: Sabrina Ramet and Christine M. Hassenstab (eds.), Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

When David Fights Goliath: A Two-Level Explanation of Small-state Role-taking, 2019, Foreign Policy Analysis, 15(1): 118-135.

The Soviet use of the Moscow–Washington Hotline in the Six-Day War, (with Agnes Simon), 2017, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 15(3): 284-305.


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Press expertise

  • Hungarian foreign policy and domestic politics
  • Face-to-face diplomacy, including summitry
  • Role of trust in International Relations

Eszter has written pieces for UK and international media outlets and has been interviewed on radio: