Hungary’s Checks and Balances: Alive and Well? (event archive)

Hungary’s democratic checks and balances have been the subject of heavy criticism and scrutiny – both foreign and domestic. Some have argued that the new constitution weakens the separation of powers while others see the potential of judicial activism in interpreting the new constitution as a strong counterbalancing factor. The political discourse is preoccupied with […]

Budapest Premier of the film “Urbanized” (event archive)

May 23, 2012 by  
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Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050.  The challenges of balancing […]

Nation-building in Afghanistan: Myth or Reality? (event archive)

April 19, 2012 by  
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Visit Paprika Politik for our event summary! Although the NATO mission in Afghanistan has yet to be concluded, its place in history has already been secured. It is officially the United States’ longest war and was the first time that Article 5 of the NATO charter, the collective defense clause was invoked. The scope of the intervention […]

America Through European Eyes (event archive)

March 14, 2012 by  
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Details: A discussion with Alan Levine, Associate Professor at American University, and Founder of the Washington, DC Political Theory Colloquium. The idea of America has fascinated the European imagination ever since Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the centuries, European thinkers from Michel de Montaigne to Jean Baudrillard and Alexis de Tocqueville have cultivated different […]

Debate: Has Modern Feminism Betrayed Women? (event archive)

February 22, 2012 by  
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Details: Just like any other school of thought, feminism has been known to exist in various forms. While the accomplishments of first-wave feminism, first and foremost the suffrage for women, are praised by almost everyone, the more recent waves of the feminist movement are very much a subject of controversy. Reproductive rights, affirmative action, the decline […]

Discussion with the Ambassador of Egypt (event archive)

February 8, 2012 by  
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Our guest for 2012’s first DIP was His Excellency Aly Houssam El-Din El-Hefny, Ambassador of Egypt. He talked about questions related to Egypt’s international and regional role in Africa and the Middle East, Egyptian-Hungarian relations, the Arab Spring and its aftermath, the evolving political landscape of post-Mubarak Egypt, his professional career and personal impressions of Hungarian politics. […]

Reading Group: Machiavelli’s The Prince

January 30, 2012 by  
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Machiavelli’s 16th century advice to the young ruler is a classic work about the relationship between power and politics, both personal and popular, as well as about the shifting understandings of virtue, vices, and fortune.  CSS president Marion Smith moderated a discussion of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. The book is available online in Hungarian (A fejedelem) here and in English here.

The Problem with Moral Relativism (event archive)

January 25, 2012 by  
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On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal democracies face economic hardship,continued security threats, and falling confidence in basic institutions of government. Yet, the most serious crisis of all may be moral in nature. The prevailing philosophy of moral relativism has made the pursuit of truth a suspect endeavor and hollowed out the West’s self-confidence. What […]

DIP! Discussion with the Ambassador of Egypt

January 21, 2012 by  
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DIP! Discussion with the Ambassador of Egypt Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Time: 19.00 Venue: Gerbeaud Café (Vörösmarty tér 7-8) Details: Our guest for 2012’s first DIP will be His Excellency Aly Houssam El-Din El-Hefny, Ambassador of Egypt. He will talk about questions related to Egypt’s international and regional role in Africa and the Middle East, Egyptian-Hungarian relations, the […]

CSS Annual Christmas Party (event archive)

December 20, 2011 by  
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Our Christmas events are always the highlight of the year. It is a time to celebrate the value of our community,  and reflect upon the events of the past year. It is also a time to give back. This year was no different. Our special guest this year was Tamás Zétényi chellist of the recently formed Classicus et […]

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