On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 revolution, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in partnership with the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES) organized a two-day long international conference on the 8th and 9th of December, 2016.
On 1st January 2017, a new chapter will begin in the history of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT).
On 5 December 2016, H.E. Mr. Zeneemyadar Batbayar, Ambassador of Mongolia, delivered a public lecture at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, entitled «Hungarian-Mongolian “neighborhood”– The Hungarian-Mongolian economic relationship in light of the Eastern Opening». Ambassador Márton Schőberl, Director-General of the Institute greeted the audience, while Zsolt Csutora, Deputy State Secretary for Eastern Opening of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade delivered the opening statement. The following debate was moderated by Anna Fülöp, research fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
On 22nd November the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in co-operation with the State Secretariat for European Union Affairs of the Prime Minister’s Office organized the first panel discussion of the programme series entitled “Stronger together? Mapping a new path for the European Union” about the possible future of the European Union after Brexit. At the opening event entitled “Brexit was harsh – but is the wake-up call even harsher?” H. E. Mr. Iain Lindsay, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary, H. E. Mr. Rastislav Káčer, Ambassa-dor of the Slovak Republic to Hungary, representing the Rotating Presidency of the Europe-an Council and H. E. Mr. Szabolcs Takács, Minister of State for European Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office were among the invited guests. The event was moderated by Amb. Márton Schőberl, Director-General of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
On the 21st of November, a roundtable discussion entitled Moldova after the presidential election was organized at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The participants of the discussion were Ambassador Dr. György Varga, advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and rapporteur for Moldova and István Pataky, deputy columnist of the daily Magyar Nemzet. The discussion was moderated by János T. Barabás, senior analyst of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in co-operation with the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID) organised the V4 Civil Servant Mobility Program (V4 CSMP) that took place between 7-11 November in Budapest.
On 14 November, a roundtable discussion entitled ’New UN Secretary-General – New Beginning?’ was held at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) on the Tasks and Challenges the Organization and its new Secretary-General are facing. The panelists were Mr. Tamás Kuntár, Head of the International Organizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr. Ervin Gömbös, Secretary-General of the United Nations Association of Hungary. The moderator was Ms. Marianne Berecz, senior research fellow at IFAT.
CEEP, in association with the European Commission’s DG Energy, will organise the 1st Central European Day of Energy (CEDE), which will take place in the premises of the European Commission, under the auspices of Mr. Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union, the Slovak Republic’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Polish Republic’s Presidency of the V4 on the 9th of December, 2016, in Brussels.
Three days after the American presidential election, on 11th November, 2016, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade held a roundtable discussion on the results. The invited experts were: Dr. Tamás Magyarics, the Head of the Department of North-American Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gábor Horváth, journalist and Márton Ugrósdy, researcher at IFAT. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Bence Németh, researcher at IFAT.
Senior economic research fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT), Mr. Gábor Braun represented Hungary at the China Foreign Affairs University’s workshop organized for researchers from European countries in October.
The international forum jointly organized by the Latvian Institute for Foreign Affairs (LIIA) and the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Science took place in Riga on 5th November, 2016. The leaders and the representatives of the think thanks from the region and China took part at the forum which was one of the main side events of the Meeting of the Heads of Government of Central Eastern European Countries and China.
On 2nd November 2016 we paid tribute to a triple anniversary with the opening of the exhibition about “Tunisia and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956”. This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Tunisia and Hungary, the independence of Tunisia, and the Hungarian revolution of 1956 as well.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a Dialogue Workshop titled ’Mapping Migration Challenges in the EU Transit and Destination Countries’ on 26th October, 2016.
On 27 October 2016 H.E. Mr. Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria visited the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and gave a public lecture with the title “The Future of Europe – A Pragmatic Approach”.
Study by Gábor Vörös
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán had a bilateral meeting with the Vice-President of India, H.E. Mohammad Hamid Ansari in the Parliament, on 16th October, 2016. Within the frame of this meeting, the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
On 12 October, 2016 the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a public lecture entitled 'Battle for Europe – the place of Ukraine in this fight' with the participation of Mr. Vadym Prystaiko, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine.
On 13th October, 2016, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, co-hosted by the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, organized a conference where experts from the Visegrad countries had a chance to share their experience on the regime change and democratic transition with their Korean counterparts, in light of the potential reunification of the Korean peninsula in the future. The partners of the event were the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
On the 6th of October 2016, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s delegation, led by Director-General Mr Márton Schőberl participated in the China – CEE Political Parties Dialogue conference in Budapest.
It is not correct to assume that an intervention by the United States in Syria would be the key to solve the conflict – concluded the experts of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s roundtable discussion, which received a particular media attention and was held in front of a full house at IFAT on 5th October, 2016.
On 26 October the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade is organizing a Dialogue Workshop ’Mapping Migration Challenges in the EU Transit and Destination Countries’.
Szilveszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary for Opening to the South, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Has signed a cooperation agreement with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) in Hanoi on the 29th of September, 2016 on behalf of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
On 23 September 2016, IFAT was delighted to welcome Prof. Wang Weiguang and his delegation.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT), together with the EuCham - European Chamber, and the Center for European Neighborhood Studies of the Central European University (CEU) organized an international conference regarding the possible impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States of America on the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of Central Europe.
Study by Yury Tsarik, GR-Director of Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies in Belarus, Minsk.
Mr Jinwook Choi, President of Korea Institute for National Unification gave a lecture on North Korean Situations and the Prospects of Korean Unification on 6 Sep 2016 at IFAT.
By Krisztina Szabó
Analysis by Máté Szalai and Péter Wagner
Mr. Márton Schőberl, Director-General of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade represented Hungary at the roundtable discussion on the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Visegrad Cooperation which was held in the capital of the United States, in Washington, DC.
Analysis by Zsuzsanna Csornai.
On 21 June 2016, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania held a public lecture about the European integration process of his country and regional cooperation in the Western Balkan region on the margin of his official visit to Budapest that took place in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ertsey Katalin és Szőke Diána elemzése.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland organised the ‘Countdown – 30 days to Warsaw Summit’ conference on 7th June, 2016.
Ramesh Abhishek, Co-chair of the Indian-Hungarian Joint Economic Commission and Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and dr Didar Singh, Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) held a public lecture about India’s current economic environment in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. The event was moderated by Anna Juhos, external research fellow of IFAT.
After the book launch in 31st of May 2016 in the lower house of the Italian Parliament in Rome, which was reported by the Italian public media, the special issue of Quaderno di Geopolitica was introduced to the Hungarian public in 7th of June 2016 in the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT).