Zoltan Feher, Hungary

On the PhD: I chose the PhD program at Fletcher because this school dwells exactly where I'd like to live: at the intersection of practice and theory of international relations. I have worked as a practitioner of diplomacy for my country, Hungary, and served in Washington DC and Ankara, Turkey. I would like to build on my diplomatic experience in deepening my knowledge about international relations and writing a dissertation that will contribute to our discipline. I believe I'm best suited to do this at Fletcher where policy and academia are tightly connected. Fletcher is an integral part of the American and international discourse on foreign policy and national security with its close relationships with the State Department, Pentagon, NATO, the UN, think-tanks and universities around the world, and with its alumni in leadership positions globally. It's a place of both thinking and doing. Since I arrived here, I have felt at home.

I'm delighted to be part of the International Security Studies program where I study under the guidance of Professor Robert Pfaltzgraff, who is also my PhD Advisor, and Professor Richard Shultz, the Director of the program.  Both of them are fantastic academics and practitioners of international security and I receive tremendous help from them. The International Security Studies program was the first of its kind in the US at its founding in 1971 and continues to be a leading program internationally.

Campus life: At Fletcher, there are many extracurricular activities that enhance my knowledge about my fields of interest (foreign policy, international security). The research centers, the faculty and student clubs bring some of the most outstanding diplomats, scholars, military leaders and business people to speak at the school. The International Security Program's luncheon series has featured some of the most important people in the conversation on security policy, and there are also some great events on political risk around campus.

Favorite magazine

Foreign Affairs

Favorite twitter handle


Favorite food


Favorite website

War On The Rocks

Most memorable international experience

Covering the Syrian war as a diplomat in Turkey

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

Political Systems and Theories

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Education before Fletcher

Master in Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Master of Arts in Political Science, Eotvos Lorand University

Doctor of Laws, Pazmany Catholic University

Experience before Fletcher

Charge d'Affaires / Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Hungary, Ankara, Turkey

Senior US Desk Officer / EU-US Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Budapest, Hungary

Foreign Policy Analyst / Press Attaché, Embassy of Hungary, Washington DC