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“Consolidating Democracy and Market” - Conference

Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Location: Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade - 1016 Budapest, Bérc street 13-15, Hungary Map

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Hungary) and the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security of Korea have the pleasure to invite you to a public conference entitled "Consolidating Democracy and Market"


8 November, 2017

Venue: Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade 1016 Budapest, Bérc street 13-15. 

Organized by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (Korea)

and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Hungary)

Language: English

The event is public but registration is required.

Audio and video recording of the event is only allowed upon special permission from the organizers.


9:00– 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 9:35 Welcoming remarks, Ambassador Márton Schőberl, Director, IFAT

9:35– 9.40. Opening speech, Dr. István Mikola, Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation

9.40 – 9.55. Keynote speech Amb. CHO Byung-jae, Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy


10.00-11.45 New Capitalists: Their Role and Impact on Transition

Transition from planned economy is not an easy task, as it includes mass privatization, massive layoffs and hurts the interests of the previous elites. Central European countries have experienced the ups and downs of this transition process, the panel examines the best and worst cases of the Visegrad countries. How to deal with the “red directors”, how to make sure that the communist elite does not convert its political power into economic power? How the oligarchs have emerged in the region? The panel will draw upon the most critical lessons in the painful transition to a working market economy building on the V4 experience.


Prof. KIM Taehwan, Professor, KNDA

Count István Bethlen

Daniel Šitera, Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague

Marian Mraz, Senior Economist, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Krzysztof Głowacki, Economist, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Moderator: Péter Goreczky, Senior Analyst, IFAT


11:45 – 12:15 Coffee Break


12:15 – 14.00 Consolidating Democracy

Democratic transition means a lot more than rewriting the constitution and key legislation. Re-establishing political parties, promoting a free press and the freedom of association is not easy in a society which has lived under oppression for decades. Especially with a country which had no democratic history whatsoever, these challenges might be tantamount for the success of the transformation process. The panel looks at the experiences of the V4 members in this regard, listing not only success stories, but also failures.


Prof. HWANG Ildo, Professor, KNDA

Dr. József Bayer, Professor Emeritus, King Sigismund University

Jan Hornát, Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague

Łukasz Janulewicz, Research Fellow, Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Central European University

Moderator: Márton Ugrósdy, Deputy Director for Strategy, IFAT


14.00 – 15.00 Lunch


15.00– 16:00 The Moon Jae-in Administration’s Policy towards North Korea in the context of Northeast Asian regional dynamics (IFANS)

North Korea has been a soaring spot in the Northeast Asia, continually increasing its nuclear and missile capabilities and provocations for the past two decades. Neighboring countries, the United States, Japan, China and Russia, despite their convergence of interests in maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, has not been able to entirely agree upon specific measures to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem. The Moon Jae-in administration, inaugurated last May, set peace on the Korean Peninsula atop its foreign policy agenda. While stepping up pressures, in close collaboration with international society, on the Pyongyang regime on its nuclear and missile provocations, the new administration in parallel leaves the door open to resolving the problem through diplomacy and dialogue. This panel explores into the contour of North Korea policy of the Moon administration in the context of regional power dynamics of Northeast Asia.


Prof. JUN Bong-Geun, Professor, KNDA

Ms. LEE Yun-Joo

Moderator: Dr. Péter Wagner, Senior Research Fellow, IFAT


16.00- 16:05     Closing remarks by Dr. László Vasa, Deputy Director, IFAT