Dr. András Rácz

Senior Research Fellow on Russia, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia


  • Russia’s foreign, security and defense policy
  • Russia’s relations with the post-Soviet countries
  • Russia’s relations with Central Europe
  • Foreign and security policy of Belarus


English, Russian, German, Hungarian (native)


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-13
Email: racz@dgap.org

Dr. András Rácz joined the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia in September 2019. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary, and Non-Resident Research Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute operating in Tallinn. Between 2014 and 2016, he was Senior Research Fellow of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. Earlier, he worked inter alia as Senior Research Fellow at the former Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and was visiting researcher at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C. He was fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies (EFSPS) program of the Volkswagen Foundation. András Rácz earned his PhD in Modern History in 2008 from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.


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Selected Publications

Donbas Peace Talks 2.0
Russia’s Objectives and Ukraine’s Limits
by Cristina Gherasimov, András Rácz
DGAPkompakt 18 (October 2019), 6 pp.
Donbas Peace Talks 2.0
On October 1, 2019, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy agreed to meet Russia’s conditions for holding peace talks already this autumn. Moscow’s readiness to play, however, should not be mistaken for willingness to solve the conflict. So far, the Kremlin has not made any concessions in Eastern Ukraine that would be irreversible; consequently, it seems to only be testing Zelenskiy’s limits. Both Zelenskiy and the EU need to be cautious not to reward easy-to-reverse steps with major, strategic benefits.
Category: Bilateral Conflicts, Ukraine, Russia
Putin’s Regime on the Path to More Repression
After Russia’s Regional Elections
by András Rácz
DGAPviewpoint 24 (September 2019), 3 pp.
Putin’s Regime on the Path to More Repression
In the Russian regional elections on 8 September 2019, the ruling party United Russia managed to largely hold on its control over state assemblies and governorships. Even in Moscow, where United Russia was significantly weakened, there was no liberal breakthrough. But the elections did not solve any of the inherent political and social tensions—it only made them more visible. Thus, protest potential is going to remain high, which will likely cause the regime to become even more repressive.
Category: Elections, Government and Society, Russia
Point of No Return
Viktor Orbán’s Divorce from the EPP
by Milan Nič, András Rácz
DGAPkompakt 7 (May 2019), 4 pp.
Point of No Return
A few weeks after the European People’s Party (EPP) suspended the membership of Hungary’s ruling populist party, Fidesz, it looks unlikely that their relationship could be repaired. Seeing his leverage decreasing, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been paving the way for divorce. The EPP leaders seem to have made up their minds as well. A re-arrangement of the European party system is already taking shape ahead of the upcoming European elections (23–26 May 2019), not only afterwards.
Category: Elections, European Union