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András Simonyi is the Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Ambassador Simonyi joins CTR following a successful career in multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, international non-governmental and governmental organizations, and in the private sector. His focus is on transatlantic security and business, democratic transition, and human rights. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Hill and a commentator on Newsmax on Russia, Ukraine, the EU and human rights. He has held some of the highest positions in the Hungarian diplomatic service including Hungarian Ambassador to NATO and to the United States. He was a key player on behalf of his country in preparing for the Dayton agreement and for the stationing of US/SFOR and US/IFOR troops in Hungary. He is a proponent of soft power in international affairs and the role of popular culture for change and advocates for a strong transatlantic relationship to which he does not see an alternative. He is a proponent of innovation in diplomatic activities, combining tradition with new radical ideas and means. He holds a PhD in Political Science.