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Hungarians In Kiev

IFAT hosted the launch of Hungarians In Kiev, Árpád István Magyar’s recent book. The nearly 400 pages long issue follows the line along which the Hungarians, Rus’ people and the Ukrainians had met throughout history – from as early as the 9th century till recent days. The roundtable discussion was held with the participation of the editors, moderated by Sándor Ackermann.

Brexit – A Form of New Cooperation or Nasty Divorce?

On November 15, 2018, our institute organized a roundtable discussion featuring Dr. Hartmut Mayer and Dr. Charles Enoch, professors at Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, and Szabolcs Takács, Secretary of State responsible for EU affairs.

Dr. Gergely Varga gave a lecture at the assembly of the Hungarian Youth Conference

Our senior research fellow at IFAT, Gergely Varga gave a lecture at the annual assembly of the  Hungarian Youth Conference in Várgesztes.

15 years since the Fifth Enlargement – how coherent is Europe?

On 22nd November Mr. Matti Maasikas, Undersecretary of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia held a public lecture at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade at an event titled “15 years since the Fifth Enlargement – how coherent is Europe?”

The Future of EU-Western Balkans Relations

The Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted the conference entitled ‘How long can enthusiasm towards the EU be sustained? The Future of the EU-Western Balkans Relations’ on 6th of November discussing the political situation in the Western Balkans in relation to EU accession and the various socioeconomic challenges of that process. The conference was co-organized and supported by the Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and the Representation...

Roundtable discussion: In search of an EU role in Syria’s future

It has been more than seven years that the Syrian civil war broke out, but we may still be far from finding a solution to the conflict that has taken over half a million lives. The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) organized a roundtable discussion with two experienced diplomats who both served as ambassadors in the Middle Eastern country, aiming to better understand the EU’s role in Syria’s future

What can we expect from Bolsonaro in Brazil? - Round-table discussion at IFAT

At the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections held in the 28th of October, Jair Bolsonaro has managed to beat the left-wing candidate in the election run-off. Thus, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade has organised a round-table discussion to forecast, what we can expect from the controversial president-elect known for his radical comments.

IFAT was represented at 16+1 think tank symposium in Skopje

In the framework of the cooperation of China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries the symposium of thinks tanks focusing on foreign affairs is organised on an annual basis. In 2018 the event was hosted by Macedonia.

Hungarian women in diplomacy roundtable event

The third instalment of the popular “Women in Diplomacy” roundtable series took place on 18th October 2018 at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT). The event featured three distinguished guests: dr. Gabriella Kereszty, Chief Foreign Policy Advisor of the Presidential Office, Eszter Sándorfi, Head of the North America Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as Mrs. Zanathy dr. Györgyi Martin, Head of the Internal Supervision Department of the Ministry of ...

Delegation of the Angolan Higher Institute for International Relations visited IFAT

As part of an official visit to Hungary, the delegation of the Angolan Higher Institute for International Relations (Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais, ISRI) had a round of meetings at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade on October 17.

Dr. László Vasa’s plenary speech in Chisinau at the yearly conference of the National Institute of Economic Research of Moldova

Dr. László Vasa, chief advisor and senior researcher of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade delivered a speech and presentation in the plenary section of the conference of the National Institute of Economic Research of Moldova on 11th of October 2018.

Closed discussion panel on the Romanian economy was held at IFAT

On 15th of October the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted Mr. Andrei Radulescu, director of macroeconomic research of Banca Transilvania and researcher at the Institute for World Economy of the Romanian Academy of Sciences who held a keynote at the closed discussion panel focusing on the Romanian economy.

Focusing on Industry 4.0

On 11 October, Péter Goreczky, senior analyst of IFAT participated in a panel discussion at the Leasing Professional Days 2018 conference in Balatonfüred, organised by the Hungarian Leasing Association.

Dr. László Vasa represented IFAT at a closed roundtable discussion in Tokyo

Dr. Laszlo Vasa, chief advisor and senior research fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade met the leaders of the most influential Japanese think tanks and delivered a keynote speech at a closed expert panel with the participation of leading Japanese university experts, journalists and high-level representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan at the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo.

The transformation of Saudi Arabia and the opportunities for enhanced relations with the Visegrad countries

The first joint conference of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Prince Saud Feisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies (IDS) from Saudi Arabia took place on the 20th of September 2018, with the title “The transformation of Saudi Arabia and relations with the...

Chinese military delegation visited IFAT

On 25 September 2018 a delegation of Chinese military officers visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT).

Public lecture by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda at IFAT

H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda paid an official visit to Hungary.

IFAT participation at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica

Dr. László Vasa, chief advisor and senior researcher represented the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica (South Poland), where he moderated the "Schengen Area Facing the Migrant Crisis – the End of Europe Without Borders? " panel discussion.

George Friedman visits IFAT

On 4th September 2018, the renowned geopolitical forecaster, author and strategist Mr. George Friedman visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT). Mr. Friedman is the founder and previous chairman of the global intelligence agency, Stratfor, and currently serves as the chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

IFAT hosted a public lecture on the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada

On 3 September the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a public lecture of Muhammad Mohiuddin, PhD on the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) that entered into force provisionally in September 2017.

Call for Applications for the Professional Volunteer Program of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) invites applications for its 12-week-long professional volunteer program for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students.

Sergio Eduardo Moreira Lima visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

On 30 August, former Brazilian ambassador to Budapest Sergio Eduardo Moreira Lima visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in his capacity as president of the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão, FUNAG).

Vietnamese economic delegation’s visit to IFAT

On 28th August 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a visit by the delegation from the Vietnam Institute of Economics, to discuss the prospects for global trade as well as long-term trends of international economics.

The IFAT and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy signed a Memorandum of Understanding

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade signed a memorandum of understanding with University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Experts of IFAT delivered lectures at the 19th Euro-Atlantic Summer University

Several experts of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade attended the 19th Euro-Atlantic Summer University, held between 22-27th July, 2018. Director Márton Ugrósdy as well as Bence Németh, Tamás Levente Molnár, Máté Szalai and Gergely Varga research fellows participated in the event organized jointly by the Budapest Garrison Brigade "Vitéz Sándor Szurmay" and the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies of the National University of Public Service in Szolnok.

Diplomatic Encyclopedia

On 17 July 2018 the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion to launch the book entitled “Diplomatic Encyclopedia”. The invited speakers included administrative editor János Sáringer, former Minister for Foreign Affairs János Martonyi, editor Iván Bába and Deputy State Secretary for Cultural Diplomacy Márton Schőberl.

IFAT’s new publication, “New Security Challenges from a V4 Perspective” is now available

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) has published its newest, English-language collection of studies entitled “New Security Challenges from a V4 Perspective”, in which scholars from the Visegrad countries examine the most pressing security concerns facing Central Europe.

New director to lead IFAT

Márton Ugrósdy, IFAT’s previous deputy director for strategy has been appointed to lead IFAT from July 20, 2018

Mexico after the Presidential Election

On July 11, 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Mexico After the Presidential Election - The Background of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Victory and the International Political and Economic Consequences of His Presidency.” The guest speakers were Iván Medveczky, the Ambassador of Hungary in Mexico City, and Ágnes Deák, Ph.D. student at Corvinus University of Budapest, and the moderator was Sándor Gyula Nagy, senior research fellow of IFAT....

Opening and Identity – Geopolitics, World Trade, Europe

On 20th June 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted the book launch of the recent volume titled „Opening and Identity – Geopolitics, World Trade, Europe” by János Martonyi. The invited speakers included the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and author János Martonyi, Chairman of the Committe on Foreign Affairs of the Hungarian National Assembly Zsolt Németh, and professor emeritus Tibor Várady. The event was moderated by Márton Schőberl, Director of IFAT.

Synergies between the Pacific Alliance and the Visegrád Group - A high level working group meeting in Budapest

On June 5, 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion on the Synergies between the Pacific Alliance and the Visegrád Group with leading experts in the field. H.E. María Verónica Chahin Sarah, the Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, Adela Maestre Cuello, the Director of Regional Integration and Concentration Mechanisms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Santiago Mateos Cibrián, Deputy Director General for Integration in Latin America and the ...

The Visegrad Group Facing New Challenges

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Students [DOSz] jointly organized a conference on V4 challenges under the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Cooperation on the 4th of June. During the two panels, PhD and DLA students shared their research results with the audience.

Bucharest Nine before the NATO Summit

Márton Ugrósdy, IFAT’s deputy director for strategy participated on the joint event of PISM and GMF under the title „Bucharest Nine before the NATO Summit”.

New Security Challenges from a V4 Perspective: Conference at IFAT

On 30th May 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a conference on the key non-military threats facing Visegrad countries. The event was organized as part of Hungary’s current presidency of the Visegrad Group, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Call for Papers – Stronger Together: What Future Awaits the European Union?

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade has been running Foreign Policy Review, its annual English publication for several years now. This year, FPR’s issue will concentrate on the debate around the future of Europe and the European Union.

IFAT conference on cyber security challenges in Central and Eastern Europe

On 24th May 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a conference entitled “Cyber Threats in Central and Eastern Europe: Perspectives from the Visegrad 4 and the Baltics” with the involvement of experts from these two regions. The guest of honor was H.E. Ms. Marina Kaljurand, former Foreign Minister of Estonia.

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Is the Iranian nuclear agreement dead?

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion about the future of the Iranian nuclear deal on 18th May 2018, with the participation of Erzsébet N. Rózsa PhD (associate research fellow, IFAT), Tamás Magyarics PhD (professor, Eötvös Loránd University) and Máté Szalai (research fellow, IFAT). The event was moderated by Péter Wagner PhD (senior research fellow, IFAT).

Public lecture by Prof. Mohamed Ait Kadi from Morocco on the effects of climate change in Africa

On 10th May 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted the public lecture of Prof. Mohamed Ait Kadi, President of the General Council on Agricultural Development of the Kingdom of Morocco. The event was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Budapest.

Strategic Challenges on NATO’s Eastern Flank

On 8 May 2018 retired Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges, the former Commanding General of United States Army Europe who currently holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) held a public lecture entitled „Strategic Challenges on NATO’s Eastern Flank” at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. The event was opened by Ambassador Márton Schőberl, Director of IFAT, and featured Jenő Megyesy, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Pr...

Returning from violence: How to tackle the foreign fighters’ problem in the Western Balkans?

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in cooperation with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Warsaw Institute for Strategic Initiatives organized a conference on 26 April as part of the project entitled "Returning from violence: How to tackle the foreign fighters’ problem in the Western Balkans?” implemented with the financial support of the International Visegard Fund. The conference brought together experts from the Visegrad and...

János T. Barabás attended a roundtable discussion at the National University of Public Service

On the 25th April 2018, the National University of Public Service hosted the Ambassadors' Forum with the topic "Republic of Moldova - Shaping the European Future".

Roundtable discussion on Italian political situation at IFAT

A roundtable discussion was organized by the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade on 25 April, entitled “Election without winner – Italy 2018”. On the event, participated by István Manno, Head of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, former Consul General of Hungary in Milan, and Dr Fanni Tanács-Mandák, Associate Research Fellow at IFAT analyzed the current Italian political situation. The discussion was moderated by Tamás Levente Molnár, Rese...

Márton Ugrósdy attended a roundtable discussion in International Business School, Budapest

IFAT’s deputy director for strategy, Márton Ugrósdy took part at the latest, April 17 event of the IBS PaIR Student Club which covered Brexit and its possible repercussions.

Johan Verbeke - Strategic Unease: A World in Search of a New Balance

Johan Verbeke, lifelong Belgian diplomat, the Director General of the Brussels-based EGMONT - Royal Institute of International Relations, gave a lecture on the changing world order at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade on the 20th of April.

The IFAT hosted the closed meeting of the MENARA project

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted the closed meeting of the MENARA (Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture) project on the 26th and 27th of April, 2018.

IFAT hosted the 3rd plenary of the MENARA project

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) held a conference entitled Orders and Disorders in the Middle East and North Africa on the 18th of April in Budapest. The conference was part of the project called MENARA – Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture – funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research...

Danish delegation visited IFAT

The delegation of the Danish Foreign Policy Society (DFPS) visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) on 16 April 2018 to get informed on Hungarian foreign and domestic affairs. On the four-party event, beside DFPS and IFAT, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and the College for Advanced Studies of Diplomacy in Practice (CASDP) were represented.

Roundtable discussion: Romanian economy – an outlook

On 16 April, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a roundtable discussion entitled the Romanian economy – an outlook, where Dr Andrei Radulescu, Director of Macroeconomic Research, Banca Transilvania and Gábor Miklós, assistant lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest shared their knowledge and thoughts with the audience. The discussion was moderated by Péter Goreczky, senior analyst at the Institute for Foreign affairs and Trade.

Gergely Varga, associate research fellow of IFAT attended a roundtable discussion in Brussels

Gergely Varga, associate research fellow of IFAT attended the roundtable discussion entitled ‘PESCO: What role for the V4 in developing European strategic autonomy?’ held on 9-11 April in Brussels. Other participants of the roundtable discussion were Tomáš Szunyog, Deputy Head of the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU, Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee, and Justyna Gotkowska from the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Poland.

Public lecture by Péter Goreczky at Corvinus University

On 9 April Péter Goreczky, senior analyst of IFAT participated at the One Belt One Road - China-CEE Relations in the 21th Century conference at Corvinus University, organised by the Central Europe Association and the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy.

The meeting of Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy with the Argentinean Secretary of State for Justice

Dr. Csaba Gelényi, Ambassador of Hungary in Buenos Aires received the State Secretary for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the Argentinean Ministry of Justice, his deputy, Dr. José Brian Schapira and Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy, senior research fellow at IFAT.

Closed workshop with Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy at the Argentinean Council for International Relations

The Argentinean Council for International Relations (Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales, CARI) invited Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy, senior research fellow of IFAT for a roundtable discussion in Buenos Aires on 3rd of April.

The Euro-Atlantic Area Facing Many Challenges

On 27 March 2018 the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a public lecture entitled „The Euro-Atlantic Area Facing Main Challenges”. The invited guests were Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament and Zsolt Németh, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly.

Public lecture by Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy at the Brazilian institute for foreign affairs

Based on a cooperation agreement between the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Brazilian institute for foreign affairs: Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG), on 26 March, a roundtable discussion and lecture was held in Brasilia City with the participation of Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy, senior research fellow of the IFAT.

MCC Neighbourhood Dialogues – Shape your V4!

One of our colleagues at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nikolett Garai also attended the roundtable discussion of the Neighbourhood Dialogues - Shape your V4! conference organised by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium on 24 March.

Delegation of the Indian Institute of Public Administration visits IFAT

On 23 March the delegation of the Indian Institute of Public Administration visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) where they were informed about the operations and research activities of IFAT.

The IFAT and HQ MNC NE signed an agreement on cooperation within Civil-Military Cooperation

A delegation of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) participated in the Civil-Military Interaction seminar organized by NATO Multinational Corps North-East and facilitated by NATO Integration Force Unit (NFIU) Hungary. Director Marton Schőberl (IFAT) and Major General Krzysztof Król (Deputy General, Headquarters, Multinational Corps Northeast) signed an agreement on cooperation within Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC).

“Stronger Together” Series: The Future of the Euro

On the 21st March, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the State Secretariat for European Union Affairs of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office jointly organized a roundtable discussion, titled „The future of the euro: the reforms of the eurozone and the perspectives of non-eurozone countries”, within the framework of the „Stronger Together - Mapping a New Path for the European Union” series.

IFAT at the 11th Europe-Ukraine Forum in Rzeszów, Poland

Deputy Director Dr. László Vasa represented IFAT as an invited speaker at the 11th Europe-Ukraine Forum in Rzeszów, Poland on 13-14 March.

The “Ask the Expert” series continued in Pécs

On 13 March 2018, the latest event of “Ask the Expert”, a foreign-policy roundtable series of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, entitled „The Future of the European Union – Enlarged or Broken?” was organized in cooperation with the University of Pécs.

Balkans on the Road of EU Integration: Is the EU still the Center of Gravity?

The Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies organized an international conference entitled ’Balkans on the Road of EU Integration: Is the EU still the Center of Gravity?’ on 13 March 2018 where experts from Hungary, the Western Balkans and Turkey shared their views about that whether the EU is still a luring modell, and how the relations of the EU with the Western Balkans and Turkey changed.

„Stronger Together” Series: National Identity in Europe Today

On 7th March 2018, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted the most recent event of the “Stronger Together” series, exploring the changing role of national identity in contemporary Europe. The roundtable discussion was organized in cooperation with the State Secretariat for European Union Affairs of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office.

The Long Road to a New German Government – Replay or Reset?

The third grand coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel will be inaugurated on 14 March 2018. The aim of the discussion, which was held on 6 March, was to provide an overview of future German domestic, - foreign- and European politics, in accordance with the priorities of the new-old grand coalition. The discussion of two professors from the Andrássy University Budapest (AUB) was moderated by Tamás Levente Molnár, research fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT).

Suomi/Finland 100

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, together with the Embassy of Hungary, Helsinki, launched a book titled „Suomi/Finland 100” on 5th March 2018 at the premises of IFAT.

“Cuba vs. Trump” roundtable discussion

On 1st March the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) organized a roundtable discussion with the title "Cuban-American Relations in the Shadow of Trump". The panelists of the event were Dr. András Drexler, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary accredited to Havana, Márton Ugrósdy, Strategic Deputy Director of IFAT, Research Fellow for United States’ Affairs, and Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute responsible for Latin America, who was th...

Western Balkans – In the Limelight of Global Players: KAS – IFAT Western Balkans Conference 2018

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Budapest and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade jointly organized the second Western Balkans Conference this year entitled ‘Western Balkans – In the Limelight of Global Players’. The event that was held on 1 March 2018 consisted of two closed and one public panel. The latter took place at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade where the opening lecture was held by H.E. Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tr...

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Hungarians In Kiev

IFAT hosted the launch of Hungarians In Kiev, Árpád István Magyar’s recent book. The nearly 400 pages long issue follows the line along which the Hungarians, Rus’ people and the Ukrainians had met throughout history – from as early as the 9th century till recent days. The roundtable discussion was held with the participation of the editors, moderated by Sándor Ackermann.

Brexit – A Form of New Cooperation or Nasty Divorce?

On November 15, 2018, our institute organized a roundtable discussion featuring Dr. Hartmut Mayer and Dr. Charles Enoch, professors at Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, and Szabolcs Takács, Secretary of State responsible for EU affairs.

Dr. Gergely Varga gave a lecture at the assembly of the Hungarian Youth Conference

Our senior research fellow at IFAT, Gergely Varga gave a lecture at the annual assembly of the  Hungarian Youth Conference in Várgesztes.

15 years since the Fifth Enlargement – how coherent is Europe?

On 22nd November Mr. Matti Maasikas, Undersecretary of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia held a public lecture at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade at an event titled “15 years since the Fifth Enlargement – how coherent is Europe?”