The “DIP! Conversations with Diplomats” series began in 2009. Since then, our guests have included high ranking diplomats and foreign government officials. DIP! events are moderated, but candid conversations in English, followed by Q&A and informal discussion with members. DIP! evenings are for CSS members only, and are normally held off-the-record, according to the Chatham House Rule.
Past DIP! events
DIP! Discussion with the Ambassador of France (December 2, 2014)
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 Society.
DIP! Discussion with the Ambassador of Latvia (October 28,2014)
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.
DIP: Discussion with British Ambassador Jonathan Knott (September 19, 2012)
Our DIP series continued with the new Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Hungary, Jonathan Knott who was posted to Budapest in February, 2012. Ambassador Knott discussed Hungarian-British relations, the London Olympics, the upcoming International Cyberspace Conference hosted by Hungary and previously hosted by Britain and various other topics. Hosted by CSS President Marion Smith.
DIP: Diplomatic Discussion with US Ambassador (June 13, 2012)
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
Nation-building in Afghanistan: Myth or Reality? (April 19, 2012)
In an age of financial austerity and following the death of Osama bin-Laden, critics of nation buidling have grown in number. Are these voices merely reflective of war-weary pessimism or do they represent a prudent reassessment of the prospect of large-scale societal and political change in Afghanistan? A panel featuring experts from Afghanistan weighed in in the issue.
DIP! Discussion with the Ambassador of Egypt (February 8, 2012)
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 and more.
DIP! Diplomatic Discussion with Israel’s Ambassador to Hungary (December 1, 2010)
Our DIP event in December featured Her Excellency Aliza Bin-Noun, Ambassador of Israel.
DIP! Diplomatic Discussion about the U.S. Mission in Iraq (October 25, 2010)
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 East, and other aspects of U.S. military missions abroad.
DIP! Diplomatic Discussion with the US Ambassador to Hungary (May 19, 2010)
CSS members held a discussion with Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, the new US Ambassador to Hungary.
DIP! Diplomatic Discussion with the Slovak Ambassador to Hungary (March 11, 2010)
CSS members held a discussion with Slovak Ambassador Peter Weiss on the upcoming elections in both Hungary and Slovakia, the language law, and Hungarian-Slovak relations.
DIP! Diplomatic Discussion with the British Ambassador to Hungary (February 11, 2010)
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.
DIP! Diplomatic Discussion with the US Chargé D’Affairs (October 29, 2009)
Jeffrey Levine, Chargé d’Affairs at the US Embassy, Budapest, joined with CSS members for a discussion on US-Hungarian relations in the new visa-free era, the foreign policy changes of the Obama administration and prospects of Central and Eastern Europe within the transatlantic framework.