IFAT’s team met their Ukrainian counterparts from the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) for the first time via Zoom. IFAT’s director, Márton Ugrósdy has expressed his delight that a new cooperation will start with the renowned Ukrainian institute which is working directly for the Presidential Administration. NISS’ director Oleksandr Litvinenko provided an overview of Hungarian-Ukrainian relations, which was followed by a discussion on the possible joint projects the two institutes might implement in the future.
On 9 July 2020, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted an online roundtable discussion with the title The Future of Globalisation after COVID-19. Professor Xu Mingqi, Director of the European Studies Centre at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Mr. Péter Goreczky, senior analyst of IFAT were participating as panellists. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Tamás Péter Baranyi, Deputy Director for Strategy of IFAT.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) organized an online roundtable discussion on June 23, 2020 under the title „China in the Post-Covid-19 World Order”. Invited experts were Dr. Chen Xin Executive President and Managing Director of the China-CEE Institute, and Dr. Gergely Salát, Associate Professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The event was moderated by Dr. Tamás Baranyi, Deputy Director for Strategy at IFAT.
Think Visegrad is a think tank platform for structured dialogue on issues of strategic regional importance. The platform aims to analyze key issues for the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), and provides recommendations to the governments of Visegrad Group (V4) countries, the annual presidencies of the Group, and the International Visegrad Fund. In addition, Think Visegrad provides visiting fellowships to non-Visegrad expert fellows. Think Visegrad was established in 2012 by eight V4 think tanks with coordinating abilities. This so-called core network, however, remains open to cooperation with other think-tanks from all V4 countries. Think Visegrad is funded by the International Visegrad Fund.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) held on online roundtable discussion entitled “Elections in Southeast Europe in the shadow of the coronavirus” on 18 June 2020. The event was moderated by Nikolett Garai, IFAT Research Fellow, and the speakers were Anna Orosz, IFAT Research Fellow and Program Manager (Post-soviet region and the Balkans), Dr. Tibor Ördögh, Senior Lecturer at National University of Public Service, and Ferenc Németh, IFAT Research Fellow.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a joint webinar with its Iranian partner, the Institute for Political and International Studies on the 30th of June.
On 15 June 2020, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a webinar about the effects of the coronavirus on Latin America, discussing the events and trends with a focus on domestic politics in Brazil and Mexico. Speakers of the event were Luicy Pedroza, Associate Professor, El Colegio de México; Patricia Villen, Research Fellow, University of Campinas, Brazil; and Sándor Gyula Nagy, Associate Research Fellow, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest. The event was moderated by Béla Soltész, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
FAT, together with Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism held a videconference on May 29, 2020 to present the findings of their joint policy paper exploring the possibilities to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries.
On the 27th of May, H. E. Yacov Hadas-Handelsman, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Hungary, gave an online lecture at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. The event was entitled “Challenges the Middle East and Europe are facing in light of Covid-19: An Israeli Perspective” and was moderated by Tamás Péter Baranyi, Deputy Director of Strategy of IFAT.