MSU international scholar, former ambassador Radvanyi dies

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

Janos Radvanyi, a former Hungarian ambassador to the United States and later asylum-seeker who founded the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies at Mississippi State University, died Monday night at age 93, according to a university news release.
"Dr. Radvanyi brought international issues to the forefront in our state, and was a visionary in promoting the study of critical security concerns ranging from environmental threats to Russian resurgence," MSU President Mark Keenum said in the announcement. "He was a tremendous force in helping define global concerns."
Radvanyi died after a long illness, and is survived by a daughter, Juliana Radvanyi; and a son, Janos Radvanyi Jr., according to the news release from Nick Wilson of MSU.
Radvanyi Sr. sought political asylum in 1968 after serving as Hungary's ambassador, earned a doctorate in history from Stanford University, and joined the MSU history faculty in 1972, the announcement said. He founded the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies a decade later, and in 1996 became the first holder of the ISSS chair.
After the collapse of communism in Hungary, Radvanyi helped rebuild his native country's management structure, and was honored by Hungary in 1994.
“The Award for Development of Foreign Economy cited his achievements in strengthening Hungary's ties with the U.S. and Japan,” the MSU news release said. “MSU honored Radvanyi for lifetime achievement in 2012.”
Radvanyi brought to Mississippi speakers including former French Ambassador Emmanuel de Margerie; Juergen Chrobog, former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; and retired Rear Admiral Sumihiko Kawamura of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and vice president of the Okazaki Institute.
Funeral arrangements remain incomplete.