TARASOV I.N. Contemporary Hungary’s Foreign Policy Evolution

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2023.3.11

Ilya N. Tarasov

Doctor of Sciences (Politics), Professor,

Institute for Education and Humanities, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University,

A. Nevskogo St, 14, 236016 Kaliningrad, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The foreign policy of modern Hungary has passed through several stages of development since the fall of socialism. The purpose of this article is to clarify the qualitative characteristics of the points of evolution that have determined the content of Hungarian foreign policy. Today, it is not enough to define the image of Hungarian foreign policy solely in terms of pan-European or North Atlantic solidarity. A more careful and thoughtful study of the dynamics of the foreign policy doctrine of Budapest is required.

Methods and Materials. Our main task is to clarify the periodization of the process of Hungary’s foreign policy development. The proposed periodization is carried out in a complex manner, based on several reasons and correlating their influence on each of the allocated time periods. The information array was composed of news for April 2010 – August 2022, based on a digest of news from Hungarian news agencies.

Analysis. The author identifies five main periods in the development of Hungary’s foreign policy: the transitional period; the imperative period; the period of Euro-Atlantic romanticism; the period of seeking regional balance; and the period of Euroscepticism and Easternization. Each of these periods is characterized by an assessment of the conceptual content of international politics, the continuity of the foreign policy course, and the change in emphasis of the current policy.

Results. Obviously, the current period of development is nearing its end, and in the medium term, Hungarian foreign policy itself will take the form of several relatively balanced concentric circles in the process of forming a polycentric world. At the same time, the European and American orientations will continue to be of paramount importance for Hungary. The growing inertia of the decline in the intensity of Russian-Hungarian relations seems to be the main characteristic of the interaction between the two countries.

Key words: Hungary, policy of openness to the East, political pragmatism, foreign economic cooperation, Russian-Hungarian relations, crisis in the system of international relations.

Citation. Tarasov I.N. Contemporary Hungary’s Foreign Policy Evolution. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2023, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 115-127. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2023.3.11.

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