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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 a research institute and a think-tank as well. 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 external experts), with non-public reports, studies and other professional materials.

The Institute issues the only foreign policy journal of Hungary, the 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 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 policy and also reach the wider public. The Institute organises (usually) public roundtable discussions, background dialogues, 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 a number of 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 National Trading House (MNKH) Cls. and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).

A number of young researchers and analysts and researchers with Hungarian and worldwide recognition can also be found at IFAT. Researchers, apart from working on classical priorities of foreign policy and foreign trade policy, also carry out contemporary thematic research, and participate at the lectures and conferences organised by the Institute. Aside from this, they are frequent guests of foreign policy and news programmes in the Hungarian prominent 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).

In summer 2016, as part of its efforts to reduce state bureaucracy, the Hungarian government decided that IFAT will cease to exist as a central governmental office as of 31st December 2016. Instead, its role and tasks shall be carried out under the aegis of the Centre for Democracy Public Foundation. This decision marked a key turning point in a transformation process that began in December 2014. IFAT will continue its operations in an organizational structure more suited to its professional tasks and changing academic profile. On 1st January 2017, a new chapter will begin in the history of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT).