Máté Mátyás

Placement:   Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG), Washington D.C.: September 21, 2017– January 11, 2018

During his internship at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security’s Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics, Máté’s duties included collecting news articles and analyses; writing briefs and drafts; creating presentations; attending and reporting on conferences and events in lieu of his supervisor mostly on the following topics: the US reaction to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela; European foreign policy towards Ukraine and Kazakhstan; the status and prospects of Ukrainian economy with regards to certain sectors, investment opportunities; possible solutions of the war in Ukraine; Kazakh foreign policy, economy, and development efforts; the Iran nuclear deal; changes in the polity of Saudi Arabia; and US foreign policy towards the Indo-Pacific, especially China. His supervisor, Dr. Ariel Cohen included Máté as a co-author for an opinion piece of his in the prestigious newspaper The Hill’s online edition available here. Máté was also instrumental in helping the Coalition with its preparations for the annual Mikulás Dinner and its Annual and Board Meetings.

“After these four months in Washington DC, I feel that I learnt an incredible lot about the country, the culture, and people in general — creating a strong contrast to my experiences in China. But perhaps even more importantly, I have learned a lot about myself. I feel much more confident, have a realistic picture of what I am able to achieve, and how to work for it.”

Máté Mátyás is currently finishing his graduate studies in public administration at Shanghai Jiao Ting University (Shanghai, China). He also holds an undergraduate degree in international relations from Corvinus University (Budapest, Hungary). He is particularly interested in the international economic architecture, global governance and security policy and China’s economic, foreign and energy policy. Prior to his internship at CENRG, in the spring of 2017, Máté spent an exchange semester abroad at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) and also participated in the Hungary Initiatives Foundation’s Young Hungarian Leaders Program in Washington, DC.

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