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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the book launch event on December 12 in Budapest, on December 18 the delegation of IFAT has presented the volume titled “Hungary and China: 70 years of diplomatic relations in a changing World” in Beijing as well, which was compiled to commemorate the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Hungary and the PRC.
Hungary was one of the first countries that recognised the People’s Republic of China on 3 October 1949, and three days later, on 6 October, the two countries established diplomatic relations. The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the China-CEE Institute have jointly prepared a book for the anniversary that is published in Hungarian, in English and in Chinese. IFAT hosted the launch of the Hungarian edition on 12 December 2019 during which two of the authors, Mr. Gábor Péter Boros and Mr. Armin Vincentius Fábian presented the conclusions of their research.
A meeting with the aim of to allow dialogue and exchange of views between think tanks in China and Central and Eastern Europe was held for the third time. The previous conference was held in Budapest, and was organized by the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT). The first meeting was held in Poland (Warsaw) in 2016.
On 5 December 2019 the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a round table discussion of associate research fellows who presented their latest IFAT policy briefs focusing on current topics of global economy.
In cooperation with the Otto von Habsburg Foundation, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a conference covering discussions on the historical experience and the reunification of Europe on 3 December 2019.