On December 2, 2019, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade held a roundtable discus-sion entitled “Arab Spring 2.0?” with the participation of László Csicsmann (associate pro-fessor at Corvinus University of Budapest and external research fellow of IFAT), Elias Dahrouge (doctoral candidate at Corvinus University of Budapest), Erzsébet N. Rózsa (pro-fessor at the National University of Public Service and external research fellow of IFAT) and Omar Sayfo (external research fellow of IFAT). The event was moderated by Máté Szalai (senior research fellow of IFAT and assistant lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest).
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) held a conference entitled ‘Regional economic cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe’ on 25 November 2019. The event also gave the opportunity to Georgios Mitrakos, Director General of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) and Márton Ugrósdy, Director of IFAT, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between their respective institutions.
In cooperation with the Hungarian Embassy in Pristina, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized its penultimate conference within the framework of the Hungarian Cultural Season 2018-2019 in Pristina on 20th November 2019. The event, entitled ‘Hungarian experience in EU integration’ aimed to share the lessons learned and good practices from Hungary’s EU accession, mainly from an economic and agricultural perspective. The conference brought together experts from local ministries and EU institutions.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade held a roundtable-discussion titled „Political and Economic Reforms in Ukraine as a window of cooperation with EU” on 20 November where Sergiy Solodkyy, the First Deputy Director of the New Europe Center, Yehor Kyian, analyst of the International Centre for Policy Studies participated alongside with Sándor Ackermann, analyst of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Urmas Reinsalu Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia held a lecture at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) titled „30 years after Hungarian Rendszervaltas and Baltic Way: Why we need a strong Transatlantic bond?” on 18 November. Following IFAT’s director Márton Ugrósdy’s welcome speech, the Foreign Minister praised the achievements of the past 30 years and emphasized the importance of the strong transatlantic relations.
On the 5th of November, IFAT held a public conference on European defence initiatives and the future of security cooperation. The conference, which attracted a wide audience, gave an opportunity to present various national perspectives on the meaning of European strategic autonomy and the challenges we face in deepening European defence cooperation with the contribution of well-known distinguished experts from various European EU and non-EU member states.
The Prince Saud Al Feisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organised the second Saudi-Hungarian Forum on the 28th of October, 2019 in Riyadh.
On 7 November the delegation of the Korea-Hungary Friendship Society visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) where a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two organisations.
In cooperation with the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in the Czech Republic, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a presentation of case studies on the reconciliation processes in the Visegrad and the Western Balkan countries on October 30, 2019. The case studies have been prepared as part of the project entitled ‘From Warsaw to Tirana: Overcoming the past together’, which is financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund.