ANTAL BABUS (Gyöngyös, 1960) literary historian, librarian. Graduated from Debrecen University (KLTE) in 1984 majoring in Hungarian and Russian Philology. He obtained his PhD from the same university in 2002. He has been working in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1986 and has been acting as Head of Department since 2010. His main research area is Hungarian and Russian–Soviet literature of the 20th century.
TAMÁS BARCSAY (Budapest, 1939) historian, descendant of one of the oldest Transylvanian noble families. He was ten years old when his family emigrated to Austria and soon after to Canada. He earned his degree in History from the University in Toronto and PhD from Oxford. He is Professor Emeritus at Ryerson University, Toronto, where he has taught from 1972.
ENIKŐ BOLLOBÁS is professor of literature at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Sciences. Her books include monographs on the poets Charles Olson (Twayne, 1992) and Emily Dickinson (Balassi, 2015), two histories of American literature (Osiris, 2005 and 2015), and two theoretical inquiries into performativity and subjectivity (Peter Lang, 2010; Balassi, 2015). Her scholarly studies, totaling over two hundred, have appeared in international scholarly journals, among them, American Quarterly, Arcade, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Hungarian Cultural Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Style, Modern Philology, Paideuma, and Word and Image.
GYÖRGY CSÓTI received his degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest in 1971. He was a founding member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) in 1988 and was a member of the Hungarian Parliament between 1990–1998 (MDF) and 2012–2014 (FIDESZ). In 1999–2003 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Hungary to the Republic of Croatia, and Foreign Policy Adviser to President Pál Schmitt between 2010–2011. Currently he is the Director of the Institute for the Protection of Minority Rights. He received the Big Cross of the Big German Order with the ribbon in 1994 and the Prince Branimir Order with the ribbon (Croatia) in 2003.
ANTHONY DANIELS (London, 1949) is a writer and retired psychiatrist who lived several years in Africa. Daniels has written extensively on culture, art, politics, education, and medicine – often drawing on his experiences as a doctor and psychiatrist in Africa and the United Kingdom. He is the author of several books, notably Life at the Bottom and Romancing Opiates. Dr Daniels writes under the name of Theodore Dalrymple.
JUDIT ANTÓNIA FARKAS (Budapest, 1969) received her degree in Hungarian and English language and literature from Eötvös Loránd University in 1997. In 2011 she completed her PhD dissertation entitled Szép könyvek kultusza. Bibliofil könyvkultúra Magyarországon, 1919–1949 (The Cult of Fine Books. Bibliophile Book Culture in Hungary, 1919–1949). In 2007 she edited a book on the publisher and politician Ferenc B. Farkas. Recently she has published a catalogue on the children’s book illustrator Anna F. Györffy. She is presently a research fellow at Veritas Research Institute.
SZABOLCS JANIK is a political scientist and international economist. Following graduation from Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB), he worked as an economic analyst at the Institute for Public Policy Research under the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. Later he performed analysis work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Currently, he is the deputy director of the Budapest-based Migration Research Institute. He is also a PhD student at CUB’s Doctoral School of International Relations and Political Science. His fields of interest include the political and economic consequences of contemporary migration, EU migration legislation and the politics of Central Europe.
DAVID MARTIN JONES is a political scientist, writer and commentator. Dr Jones is an Honorary Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and Visiting Professor and Teaching Fellow in War Studies at King’s College, University of London. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics, and has taught at the Open University, National University of Singapore and the University of Tasmania. His works include Political Development in Pacific Asia (1997); The Image of China in Western Social and Political Thought (2001); with N. Khoo and M. L. R. Smith The Rise of China and Asia Pacific Security (Edward Elgar, 2013); with M. L. R. Smith Sacred Violence. Political Religion in a Secular Age (Macmillan, 2014); and The Political Impossibility of Modern Counter-Insurgency (Columbia 2015). His most recent publication, History’s Fools: The Pursuit of Idealism and the Revenge of Politics (C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd., 2020), examines the progressive ideas behind liberal Western practice since the end of the 20th century.
CLARK S. JUDGE is founder and managing director of the White House Writers Group, Inc. and an opinion journalist. He was a speechwriter in the Reagan White House. He served as speechwriter and special assistant to both President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George W. H. Bush. A Harvard MBA, he had administration assignments involving assessing the management of the government, urban policy and international economic policy before joining the White House staff. As an opinion journalist, he has written extensively on US politics, the international financial crisis, health care reform, the current state of the US, and global economies and global security issues. Among the publications in which his work has appeared are the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, National Review Online and Claremont Review of Books.
BORIS KÁLNOKY (Munich, 1961) grew up in Germany, the United States, the Netherlands and France. His family left Hungary in 1947. He studied Politics and History in Hamburg and went on to work at the German daily Die Welt in 1987. In 1995, he became Balkans Correspondent for Die Welt, based in Budapest, and moved on in 2004 to become Middle East correspondent, based in Istanbul. He is the author of Ahnenland (Droemer Verlag, 2011), a book about what happened to his family and Hungary since 1952. He returned to Budapest in 2013, still for Die Welt. He also writes for a number of other media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since September 2020 he has been appointed Head of the Media School at Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Budapest.
GYULA KODOLÁNYI (Budapest, 1942) Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Review, is the author of 17 collections of poetry, scholarly and literary essays and poetry translations. He taught English and American Literature at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (1970–1989). He received research and teaching fellowships from the British Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, CIES and The German Marshall Fund of the US. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1984–1985) and at Emory University, Atlanta (2004–2009), and read his poetry in English widely in the US. In 1987, he was a founding member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF). In 1990–1994, he served as Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister József Antall. In 1992– 1996 he was the Vice President of the Hungária Televízió Foundation, which created the Duna Television, a cultural satellite channel. In 2000–2005 he was an Adviser to President Ferenc Mádl. In 2012, he received Hungary’s Middle Cross with the Star and in 2005 the President’s Medal of Honour for his public and literary achievements. With the journal Magyar Szemle, he received a Prima Prize in 2003. In 2015, he was Prima Primissima Prize winner in literature. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of the Arts. In 2016, he received the Janus Pannonius Prize for poetry translation, and in 2020 the prestigious Kossuth Prize.
JOHN O’SULLIVAN (Liverpool, 1942) is Editor-at-Large of National Review in New York where he served as Editor-in-Chief for ten years. He was a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street and later assisted her in the writing of her two volumes of memoirs. He has held a wide variety of senior editorial positions in the media on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the founder and co-chairman of the Atlantic Initiative, an international bipartisan organisation dedicated to reinvigorating and expanding the Atlantic community of democracies, launched at the Congress of Prague in May 1996 by President Václav Havel and Lady Thatcher. His book, The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister (on Pope John Paul II, President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher), was also published in Hungarian in 2010. Until 2011, he was the Executive Editor of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Prague. Currently he is the President of the Danube Institute, Budapest.
ÉVA ESZTER SZABÓ historian, Americanist and Latin Americanist, is assistant professor at the Department of American Studies, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and deputy Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Review. Her courses and research have focused on inter-American relations, US immigration history and immigration policies, and global migration issues in global politics. Her most significant work is entitled US Foreign and Immigration Policies in the Caribbean Basin (Savaria University Press, 2007), and The Migration Factor and U.S. History (to be published by AMERICANA eBooks, University of Szeged, in 2021). Her recent research targets the history and current developments of a growing US American diaspora, and border studies.