Máté Szalai

Máté Szalai is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Fellow at Ca’ Foscari University. He obtained his doctoral degree at Corvinus University of Budapest in 2019, where he also worked as a lecturer and an associate professor. Besides academic teaching, he worked as a researcher and the coordinator of the Middle East Research Program at the Hungarian Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade between 2015 and 2022. His main fields of research include the foreign and security policy of small states mostly in the Middle East and North Africa and Central Europe. Besides numerous journal articles, he is the author of the book entitled The foreign and security policy of smaller Gulf states – Size, power, and regime security in the Middle East, published in English and Arabic. His current research focuses on the influence-building activities of small Gulf states in the context of the changing global order.