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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.


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.

Following the opening remarks of Director Márton Schőberl, the two chairmen discussed multiple challenges the Euro-Atlantic area faces today, naming the development of a new world order as one of the most pressing issues. Within this framework, the lecturers provided a thorough analysis of the role of Russia, mentioning deterrence and dialogue as its primary methods shaping its international relations.

Beyond the military and security questions, trade relations and the current rather fragile state of Europe were touched upon. Regarding the latter issue, the participants stressed that the unity of the continent is of crucial importance when wishing to set common standards or addressing the interests of the great powers.

When asked about Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, Mr. Mihkelson reassured the audience that although it is the country’s first time running for the position, Estonia takes its commitments very seriously, and hopes its efforts will be recognized worldwide.