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    Political outlook after the EU elections

    The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion on the results of the elections to the European Parliament on June 6, 2019. Nikolett Garai, Tamás Levente Molnár and Barnabás Szabó, all research fellows of our Institute, apart from drawing up general conclusions from the elections, gave detailed analysis of the results from the Visegrad countries, the Iberian Peninsula, the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria, and exchanged their views on the most important challenges facing the new legislature. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Máté Szalai, senior researcher of the Institute.

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    Joint conference of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and IFAT

    The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs organised a joint conference in Jerusalem on the 3rd of June, 2019. Participants of the event entitled “In Search of Stability and Development – Common Challenges and Solutions between Central Europe and Israel” evaluated the relations between Israel and our region in the light of the results of the European Parliamentary elections.

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    Young BSF 2019 is supported by IVF Grant

    The Young Bled Strategic Forum (Young BSF) organized by the Slovenian Centre for European Perspective is an annual conference bringing together young leaders to engage in lively discussion and develop out-of-the-box solutions to some of the most pressing world issues.

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    The “Ask the Expert” series continued in Szeged

    The University of Szeged Faculty of Law and Political Sciences hosted the second event of IFAT’s dedicated season titled “The 70-year-old history of NATO and Hungary’s 20 year-old history in the Alliance” within the framework of the ‘Ask the Expert’ foreign policy-themed discussion series. The invited panelists included Gergely Varga, PhD, senior research fellow at IFAT, Péter Stepper, PhD, researcher at Antall József Knowledge Centre, and Gábor Csizmazia, assistant research fellow at the American Studies Research Institute of the National University of Public Service. The event was moderated by András Hárs, dr.jur., assistant research fellow at the the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged.

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    Sándor Gyula Nagy visited Colombia

    Sándor Gyula Nagy, PhD, Deputy Director of IFAT held several lectures during his visit in Bogotá, Colombia.

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    Cooperation between V4 and the Western Balkans – what role for think tanks?

    The coordinators’ meeting of the Think Visegrad Platform was held on 27th May 2019. The meeting was just one day before the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad and Western Balkan countries that provided the apropo of the conference entitled ’ Cooperation between V4 and the Western Balkans – what role for think tanks?’ that directly followed the coordinator meeting.

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    The “Ask the Expert!” series of 2019 NATO 70/20 started in Győr

    This season opening event of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s “Ask the Expert!” foreign policy-themed roundtable discussion series was hosted by the Széchenyi István University in Győr on the 6th of May, 2019. The invited panelists included Tamás Péter Baranyi,PhD, chief research officer of the Antall József Knowledge Centre, Alex Etl, assistant research fellow of the National University of Public Service ’s Center for Strategic and Defense Studies, as well as senior research fellows of IFAT Gergely Varga, PhD, and Péter Wagner, PhD. The guests were introduced by Júlia Szőke,PhD, associate professor of the Department of International Studies and Communication of the Széchecnyi István University.

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    Dr. László Vasa visited Foreign Service Academy and made a speech for diplomats in Kenya

    Dr. László Vasa, chief advisor and senior research fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade visited the Foreign Service Academy of the Kenyan Foreign Ministry and met director Amb. Simon Nabukwesi on May 10, 2019.

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    Iranian-American Tensions and the Chances of a New Gulf War

    A year after the American withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, the relations between the United States and Iran hit a new low. The Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade organised an expert roundtable on the 29th of May to interpret Iranian-American tensions and to discuss the chances of the eruption of a new Gulf war. The participants of the debate included Ádám Éva, researcher of the Antall József Knowledge Centre, Erzsébet N. Rózsa, senior research fellow of the World Economy Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor of the University of Public Service, and László Csicsmann, associate professor of the Corvinus University of Budapest. The discussion was moderated by Máté Szalai, senior researcher at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade assistant professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

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    Europe in the Global Competition – An Innovative Old Continent?

    On 22 May, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Europe in the Global Competition – An Innovative Old Continent?”. The discussion was part of the joint event series called “Stronger Together – Mapping a New Path for the European Union” which is held by IFAT and the State Secretariat for European Union Policies and Coordination of the Prime Minister’s Office.