Director: Botond Zákonyi
Research Director: László J. Kiss
Executive Director and EuroMeSCo "liaison officer": Erzsébet N. Rózsa (PhD - Mediterranean/Middle East program)
The goal of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs is to help to solve those significant challenges that every society encounters when going through change: how to develop a consistent foreign policy whilst encouraging free and open debate about it so as to broaden the views and understanding of decision makers, scholars and other interested parties.
The aim of this small, but enthusiastic, researcher community, is to produce rigorous academic analyses of current events and foreign affairs. The research teams specialise in different regions, political segments and can follow different theoretical approaches. By examining other countries, both near and far, the Institute is in a good position to supply information about what is and what should affect Hungarian foreign policy as well as fostering co-operation between scholars, in particular those from central and eastern Europe.
Areas of work
Euro-Atlantic integration and member states (incl. the Euro-Med cooperation), security issues, Central Europe, minorities, the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia.
Objective of the Euromed / Middle East programme
The HIIA follows the priorities of Hungarian foreign policy, therefore, the Euro-Med is studied in the framework of Hungarian membership within the EU, as well as the Middle East and North Africa, which have a bilateral dimension, the direct continuation of former policies. The HIIA has been actively participating in EuroMeSCo’s work even before our membership: we organized a workshop, participated in many other, we conducted two successful exchange programs, and are/were members in the Steering Group and Steering Committee. We have also been the national head in the Anna Lindh Foundation for 3 years.
Publications and activities
• Public lectures at HIIA on the events of the Arab spring (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya) in 2011.
• Policy briefs or studies on the events of the Arab spring, 6 in 2011
Publications in “Islam in Europe” (see www.grotius.hu)
• Papers accepted for publications in Slovakia and the Czech Republic related to the Arab spring - 3-4 papers in 2011.
Membership to other networks
- European Policy Institutes Network - EPIN
- Visegrad Four foreign policy institutes cooperation
- Anna Lindh Foundation - ALF
1016 Budapest, Bérc u. 13-15, Hungary
Phone: (36 1) 2795700
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