THE CHAIRDr. Janos Radvanyi, First Endowed Chair

First Recipient of The Guy Tozzoli "Peace Through Trade" Distinguished Leadership Award
(11/20/2002) ]

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Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1922, János Radványi lived through World War II in his native country. He fought the Germans in the partisan underground until the war ended. He entered diplomatic service in 1947 and was posted in Turkey, France, Switzerland, and Syria. He was appointed to head the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1962. Five years later for political reasons Ambassador Radványi cut his ties with the Hungarian government and issued a statement that said in part: "I have always tried to work for peace and better understanding in this troubled world. However, in recent months I came to realize that it was impossible for me to act in good conscience and continue to be the representative of the Hungarian Government to the American Government."

After being granted political asylum, he and his family moved to California. He earned a doctorate in History at Stanford University in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he joined the faculty of the History Department at Mississippi State University. In 1982, he founded and directed the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies. In June of 1996, Dr. Radványi became the first chair holder of the newly established Endowed Chair for International Security and Strategic Studies at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Radványi is a seasoned lecturer and has published extensively in his field. He has served as the principal investigator for numerous international conferences and has presented testimony to the United States Congress. He has organized multinational workshops for promoting economic and social development in Central Europe. He worked on ocean dumping nuclear waste problems with American, Japanese, Korean, and Russian participation. His efforts contributed to President Boris Yelstin's historical decision to ban dumping of radioactive waste into the oceans.

Presently, Dr. Radványi's scholarly work focuses on research, writing and teaching special seminars. He devotes full attention to vital global problems with emphasis on the post communist era's complex security problems. He is also active in the new research field of environmental security. Dr. Radványi is a member of the American and International Associations for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; Councilor of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Washington, D.C.; and a senior advisor in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Mississippi State University.

In 1978, Dr. Radványi, his wife Julianna, and his son János were granted American citizenship. Julianna Radványi was born in Tapsony, Hungary. She received her law degree in 1954 and was a judge of the district criminal court. The Radványi's have two children: daughter Julianna II, who is living in Hungary, and son János who makes his home in Santa Cruz, California. The Radványi's have six grandchildren.

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