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    IFAT hosted a conference on the Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    On 26 February the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a conference on nuclear and security challenges as well as connectivity issues of Asia with the participation of experts from Japan, Hungary, and Central and Eastern Europe.

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    KAS–IFAT Western Balkans Conference 2020

    On the 27th of February 2020, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) held their annual Western Balkans Conference at the Andrássy University Budapest. This year, the event focused on the future of EU enlargement towards the Balkan region. The conference entitled “European perspectives for the Western Balkans – The EU’s credentials at stake?” offered high-level speakers a platform to showcase how their respective country or institution see the future of the European project in the Western Balkans.

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    The strategy of the European Union regarding the Middle East

    The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in cooperation with the French Institute of Budapest, hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “The strategy of the European Union regarding the Middle East” on the 24th of February, 2020. The event focused on the evaluation of the foreign policy of the EU in the region and on the challenges related to formulating a unified approach. 

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    IFAT hosted a public lecture and roundtable discussion on the Asia-Pacific region and Vietnam

    On 24 February the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a public lecture of To Anh Tuan, PhD, deputy-director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam on current trends of the Asia-Pacific and Vietnam’s position in the region. The presentation was followed by a roundtable discussion with the participation of Tamás Baranyi, PhD, deputy director of IFAT.

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    Towards a More Effective European Foreign Policy? – Research Presentation at the IFAT

    On 19 February, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) organized an event titled “Towards a More Effective European Foreign Policy – Research Presentation about the Qualified Majority Voting and the European Security Council”. The authors of the study discussed, among other things, the major challenges facing the European Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the changing global political environment affecting the effectiveness of EU foreign policy, and the dynamics among Member States.

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    Geopolitical competition in the Eastern Mediterranean

    The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Geopolitical competition in the Eastern Mediterranean” on the 17th of February, 2020. The event focused on the regional and global rivalry following the discovery of natural gas reserves in the Eastern basin of the Mediterranean sea and its effects, as well as the related energy security considerations of Hungary and the European Union.

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    IFAT hosted a roundtable discussion on changes of regional and global value chains

    On 6 February the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a roundtable discussion on current trends of regional and global value chains. Anikó Magasházi PhD, researcher of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Kőszeg, and László Kacsirek PhD, associate professor Corvinus University of Budapest were invited speakers of the event.

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    The Middle East after the death of Soleimani

    On January 21, 2020, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade held a roundtable discussion entitled “The Middle East after the death of Soleimani” with the participation of Erzsébet N. Rózsa (professor at the National University of Public Service and external research fellow of IFAT), Máté Szalai (senior research fellow of IFAT and assistant lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest), and Gergely Varga (senior research fellow of IFAT). The event was moderated by Péter Wagner, senior research fellow of IFAT and senior lecturer of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church.

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    Call for Applications to the Research Internship Program – 2020 Spring

    The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) launches its 2019/2020 Spring Term research internship program with the objective of providing the participants with valuable professional experience related to their research, an insight into the work of Hungarian institutions operating in the field of foreign, defense and trade policy, as well as, in selected cases, a platform for the publication of their work.

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    Dr. László Vasa’s lecture in Beijing and visit to Shanghai

    Dr. László Vasa, chief advisor and senior researcher of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade attended different events in Beijing and Shanghai on the margins of the book launch of the volume published for the 70th anniversary of the China-Hungary diplomatic relations.