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About the Institute

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) is a separate legal entity under the Center for Democracy Public Foundation (DEMKK in Hungarian) operating as the leading Hungarian foreign policy think-tank. IFAT is carrying out active research in fields covering the priorities of the Hungarian foreign policy.  IFAT is present in the Hungarian professional network with public research reports and analyses (often involving associate fellows and outside experts), but also with confidential reports, studies and other professional materials. IFAT is the successor of the previous Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (HIIA) and the Teleki László Foundation, which have been the focal institutions covering foreign policy research in Hungary earlier.

The Institute publishes the only foreign policy journal of Hungary, Külügyi Szemle (Foreign Policy Review). The “KKI Tanulmányok” and the ”KKI Elemzések” as well as their English correspondent versions: KKI Studies and KKI Policy Brief are to be found among our online publications.

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade aims to actively shape the domestic professional network of foreign policy and foreign trade discourse, while reaching out to the wider public as well. The Institute organises (mostly) public roundtable discussions, private briefings, workshops, smaller and larger conferences in Hungarian and English, and it serves as the exclusive venue for the public lectures and forums of high-ranking foreign delegations visiting the representatives of the Hungarian Government.

IFAT is a member and participant of several international organisations, networks and professional co-operations, and proactively contributes to the organisation of international conferences and roundtable discussions, provides speakers and it is an active member of international think tank networks. IFAT is also a partner of numerous foreign research institutes and universities with similar profiles. IFAT closely co-operates with the other background institutes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: EXIM, Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA). and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).

Many young researchers and analysts who are well-known in Hungary and internationally are to be found at IFAT. Researchers, apart from working on classical, area-oriented topics of foreign policy and foreign trade policy, also carry out project-based, interdisciplinary research, and participate at the lectures and conferences organised by the Institute and our partners around the World. Apart from scientific work, they are frequent guests in all forms and affiliations of the Hungarian and international media. Professional works and publications of IFAT are available not only on this website, but also on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Academia.edu).