Péter Balázs is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is Director of the Center for European Neighborhood Studies at the Central European University, Hungary. After 1990 Prof. Balázs joined the Government and the diplomatic service of Hungary several times. He was State Secretary for Industry and Trade (1992-1993) and State Secretary for European Integration (2002-2003). He was nominated Ambassador of Hungary to Denmark (1994-1996), to Germany (1997-2000) and to the EU in Brussels (2003-2004). In 2009-2010 he was Foreign Minister of Hungary. In parallel with his government and diplomatic career he has been teaching and doing research. He was nominated Professor of the Corvinus University in 2000 and joined the Central European University as a full time Professor in 2005. In 2005 he established and directs the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS).