At this year’s Munich Security Conference, Hungarian scholar Balázs Mártonffy was one of the recipients of the prestigious McCain Award for his doctoral thesis, the conference website announced.
Mártonffy is currently an assistant professor at the Budapest National University of Public Service and received his PhD at the Washington-based American University last year.
His doctoral thesis “Analysis Paralysis: Threat Perception and Incohesion in NATO, 1960-1980” analyzes why alliances find it more difficult to cooperate in peacetime.
The second award recipient was Oscar Jonsson, director of the Stockholm Free World Forum. His doctoral thesis analytically dissects the Russian understanding of war.
The John McCain Dissertation Award is awarded annually by the Munich Security Conference and its partners, the Hochschule für Politik München/TUM School of Governance, the Geschwister Scholl-Institute for Political Science at LMU Munich, the University of the Federal Armed Forces, and the McCain Institute.
It recognizes up to two doctoral theses for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of political science, with a special focus on transatlantic relations. Besides offering numerous publication options, the award consists of participation in the Munich Security Conference and related events and activities as well as a prize sum of up to €20,000.
Title image (L to R): Cindy McCain, Balázs Mártonffy and Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, dean of the TUM School of Governance. (source: securityconference.org)