DIP! Discussion with the Ambassador of France H.E. Roland Galharague, Ambassador of France to Hungary discussed French-Hungarian relations, the future of the EU, as well as energy policy issues, with a special emphasis on ways to fight climate change. The event was moderated by Júlia Lakatos, political analyst and Pannonius Fellow of the Common Sense […]
The Ambassador of Latvia to Hungary, H.E. Imants Lieģis and Kester Eddy, Freelance journalist, contributor to the Financial Times and Business New Europe discussed the history of the Baltics, including the anti-Soviet ”Singing Revolution” 25 years ago, as well as Latvia’s NATO membership and its upcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2015.
Her Majesty’s Ambassador Jonathan Knott was the special guest of Common Sense Society’s (CSS) Diplomatic Discussion event series. Moderated by CSS’s President Marion Smith the discussion focused on the upcoming Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, the recent London Olympic and Paralympic Games, current events around the world as well as the Ambassador’s plans and goals in Hungary. […]
H.E. Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis was our guest for a second time and reflected on the changes in US-Hungarian relations since her talk at CSS, the United States’ international role and leadership, the future of American foreign policy, her personal impressions of Hungarian politics and the upcoming US elections. The event was held according to Chatham House rule.
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. […]
CSS hosted Aliza Bin-Noun, Ambassador of Israel, for a candid discussion that included the Ambassador’s unique insights as a diplomat of Transylvanian origin posted to Budapest. She also spoke about her career, the relationship between the Israeli army and Jewish identity, the pertinent issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the effects of the wikileaks scandal on Israel, anti-semitism in Hungary, and […]
Paul O’Friel, political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, joined CSS members for an off-the-record discussion and illustrated presentation about his experiences in Iraq. O’Friel is a former Iraq PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) leader. Topics included experiences leading the U.S. post-war rebuilding efforts in war-torn Iraq, the nature of irregular warfare in the Middle […]
An informal discussion with Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, the new US Ambassador to Hungary.
CSS members held a discussion with His Excellency, the Slovak Ambassador Peter Weiss on the upcoming elections in both Hungary and Slovakia, the language law, and Hungarian-Slovak relations.
HM Ambassador Greg Dorey from the British Embassy in Budapest joined CSS members for a discussion on the results of the London Conference on Afghanistan that was held on the 28th of January and Iran’s nuclear program.