Recent publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Spring 2016

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Niklas Helwig, Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy, Report

Sören Scholvin, Geopolitics: An Overview of Concepts and Empirical Examples from International Relations, Working Paper

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Elina Sinkkonen, New horizons and internal reforms: The regional implications of China’s military posture, Briefing Paper

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Juha Käpylä, Harri Mikkola & Toivo Martikainen, Moscow’s Arctic dreams turned sour? Analysing Russia’s policies in the Arctic, Briefing Paper

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Toivo Martikainen & Antto Vihma, Dividing the EU with energy? Unpacking Russia’s energy geoeconomics, Briefing Paper

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András Rácz, Viktor Orbán walks a tightrope between Brussels and Moscow: Hungary’s strategic dilemma about Russia has not been resolved

Veera Laine, The spring that never came: One year after Boris Nemtsov’s murder, Russia’s liberal opposition is threatened, repressed and ridiculed

Marco Siddi, Italy at loggerheads with the European Commission and Germany: Has Matteo Renzi taken a euro-critical stance?

Charly Salonius-Pasternak, The Swedish defence policy paradox: Sweden wants to stay militarily non-allied while seeking ever closer defence cooperation with others

Carrie Weintraub, NATO redefined? Nato’s anti-human smuggling mission in the Mediterranean ­highlights the organization’s broader priorities

Jyrki Kallio, China’s National Congress sacrifices the economy for politics: The new Five-Year Plan is dedicated to maintaining the Party’s leadership

Bart Gaens, Aung San Suu Kyi’s shadow presidency: Myanmar’s new civilian government faces numerous challenges

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Winter 2015/16

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22-23 February 2016, Budapest – Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business: “The current issues of economic and social integration in Hungary and Taiwan

11 February 2016, Budapest – headquarters of IWE CERS HAS
Guest Room with  Sándor Kusai,  former Hungary’s ambassador to China: Cooperation  between China and the CEE countries – strategy or tactics?
Ágnes Szunomár was asked to contribute with her remarks.

11 February 2016, Minsk – capital of Belarus
Ágnes Orosz’s presentation on ’FDI patterns in Hungary’ – within the frames of the conference  ’’Studying  V4  and  Georgia  experience  in  the  field  of  administrative reforms to facilitate economic development in Belarus”

10 February 2016, Budapest – Hotel Béke Radisson
Miklós Somai: EU budget development beyond 2020 (EU-költségvetés 2020 után) experts meeting on EU Cohesion support beyond 2020, an event of the Hungarian Joint Venture Association, SME Committee

4 February 2016, Budapest – Institute of World Economics CERS HAS workshop
Miklós Somai: The Role of the State in Slovenian Economy (Az állam szerepe a szlovén gazdaságbanFebruári műhelybeszélgetés)

2 February 2016, Budapest – Antall József Knowledge Centre
Ágnes Szunomár’s lecture on China’s New Role in the World Economy

26 January 2016, Budapest – Year-opening conference of the daily paper “Világgazdaság”=World Economy.
András Inotai’s closing speech on “Five uncertain factors of the global economy that may threaten all business plans”

19 January 2016, Budapest – Europe Club
András Inotai took part at the monthly Europe Club meeting, presentation of the Annual Report of the Hungarian-EU Business Club (based on the 2015 report on “Stronger Hungary in a stronger Europe”

15 January 2016, Cologne – Technical Business School
András Inotai’s panel discussion on ‘Europe at the Crossroads: The future of the Euro Area and Europe’ conference (with Hans-Helmut Kotz, Center for European Studies, Harvard and former Board Member Bundesbank, Alojzy Nowak, pro-rector of the University of Warsaw and Willem Noe, EU Commission DG NEAR)

14 January 2016, Budapest – IWE CERS HAS
Mihály Simai: The Paris climate agreement and the changing politico-economic world order. New workshop series of IWE – “Guest Room” – on actual topics with guest lecturers.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Spring 2014

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International conference on „Ten Years of the New Europe – Conference on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Enlargement” with András Inotai’s lecture on „Expectations and reality. A critical assessment of enlargement in a ten-year retrospective”, 29-30 May 2014, Florence, European University Institute

Europe Club monthly event: „Europe’s fragmented party landscape and the perspective of an EU-wide party system” by Professor Rudolf Hrbek, 20 May 2014, University of Tübingen and College of Europe, Bruges

Lecture by András Inotai (Deutsch-Ungarische Gesellschaft and House of Representatives of Berlin), 14 May 2014, Berlin

Conference at the Centre for International Capital Markets, London Metropolitan University, with Ágnes Szunomár on “Chinese FDI in Central and Eastern Europe: institutional perspective”, 9 May 2014, London

 

Past events at the Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Autumn 2014

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Conference on Chinese investment and financial engagement in Visegrad countries
27 November 2014

On 27 November IWE and the Central European University (CEU) hosted a conference in Budapest, entitled Chinese investment and financial engagement in Visegrad countries. The conference, supported by the International Visegrad Fund, provided insight into Chinese investments in Visegrad countries before and after the crisis. In addition to the economic issues, the conference focused on the underlying political interests of both sides, while chances for possible cooperation among V4 countries were also be touched upon, too. Speakers at the conference included Prof. Dr. Guenter Heiduk, director of the East Asian Center at the Warsaw School of Economics, Dr. Lucia Husinecová, director of Institute of Asian Studies and Dr. Song Lilei, assistant director of the Center of European Studies at the Tongji University and Ágnes Szunomár (senior researcher of IWE). More information on the event coupled with several publications on the topic can be found here.

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

Club Europe, 18 November 2014, Budapest.
Presentation of the annual report of the Hungarian European Business Council on “Sustainable and inclusive growth”.

International conference

12 November 2014, Danube University Krems, Austria. Keynote speech by Prof. András Inotai on “Possibilities of and limits to the European Union’s Danube Region Strategy”

International workshop on “Hidden Triggers of Economic Growth in V4 Plus Ukraine – Enhancing Ukraine’s Integration Chances”

24 October 2014, Cityhotel, Kiev. Two IWE senior researchers contributed to this event: András Deák and Sándor Meisel

Second High-level Forum on Global Governance

22 October 2014, Beijing. Introductory remarks by Prof. András Inotai on Global Economic Governance and the place and role of the European Union

Second High-level Forum on Global Governance

22 October 2014, Beijing. Introductory remarks by Prof. András Inotai on Global Economic Governance and the place and role of the European Union

Expert meeting of a Visegrad Fund project

22 October 2014, International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava. Gábor Túry (researcher at IWE) presented the main findings of the multiannual project, led by him, entitled: Prospects of the Visegrad cooperation in changing economic, political and social conditions

International conference at the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

21 October 2014, Beijing. Presentation by Prof. András Inotai on “Strong and weak features of the European integration in the changing global framework”

International conference on Brazil’s relations to the EU and Hungary

20-21 October 2014, ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University), BudapestContribution of IWE researchers to this event:
Annamária Artner (senior researcher) “Brazil in the global system of capital accumulation”
Judit Ricz (visiting researcher) “The Brazilian developer state: past, present and future”
Ágnes Solti (junior researcher): “About Brazil’s aid policy vis-à-vis Latin-America and Africa”

Club Europe, 14 October 2014, Budapest

Presentation of two recent Bertelsmann Foundation studies (“Sustainable Governance Indicators” and “Social Justice in the EU”) by Dr. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Dr. Christian Kroll, project managers, Bertelsmann Foundation

Club Europe (special meeting) 13 October 2014, Budapest

At this event outgoing European Commissioner, Dr. László Andor gave a presentations about the social aspects of a post-crisis Europe

International symposium

9-10 October 2014, National Defence University, Washington DC. Tamás Novák (senior researcher of IWE) contributed with a presentation to the event dedicated to the Western Balkans, organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency

General assembly of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

6 October 2014, Klosterneuburg/Vienna. Panel discussion on “Crisis management required?” (Krisenmanagement gefragt?) with the participation of among others Dr. Erhard Busek and Prof. András Inotai

 Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

2 October 2014, Budapest
At the October event senior researcher of IWE, Zsuzsánna Biedermann gave an introductory lecture on “Dark pools, non-public trading and regulatory dilemmas of our time” followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian).

Club Europe, 16 September 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, director of the Research Center for European Integration (Zentrum für Europaeische Integrationsforschung – ZEI) at the University of Bonn. The professor gave a lecture on “The European Union after the elections and ahead of new challenges” followed by a long discussion.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Summer 2014

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“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 3 July 2014, Budapest

The workshop was dedicated to the broad topic of “Crisis management in the UK, the case of the Scottish referendum and Britain’s relations to the EU”, presented by senior researcher Krisztina Vida.

Roundtable discussion with Erhard Busek, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, András Inotai, Karl Fürst zu Schwarzenberg and Karl Sevelda on “25 Years European Reunion”, organized by the Raiffeisen Bank International on 26 June in Vienna.

Club Europe, 17 June 2014, Budapest. The June Club meeting was dedicated to the topic: “The new Land Law and its expected economic and social impacts” presented by agricultural economist Mr. György Raskó.

Conference organised by IWE on: “International challenges of the next four years and Hungary”. 16 June 2014, Corvinus University Budapest. From IWE the following speakers contributed to the event. Prof. Mihály Simai on global risks and the new interests and values of the world’s main actors; followed by three senior researchers: István Kőrösi on the EU’s partnership role from the point of view of Hungary’s economic development; Ágnes Szunomár on the transformation of the Chinese economy and opportunities for Hungary, András Deák on the challenges of the ‘Putin model’. Finally, Prof. Péter Ákos Bod, lecturer at the Corvinus University Budapest analysed the perspectives of the Hungarian economy in a regional comparison.

Conference at the Warsaw School of Economics: “Creating greater synergies among the EU countries: a new perspective for Visegrad countries”. 12 June 2014, Warsaw. From IWE two senior researchers contributed to the conference: Krisztina Vida held a presentation on “Ten years in the EU: the experience of Hungary in the context of the Visegrad countries” and Andrea Szalavetz on the “Impact of EU accession on Hungary’s innovation performance”.

Wroclaw Global Forum, 6 June 2014. Contribution by IWE senior researcher András Deák to the panel on “Energy Flows and Security in the 21st Century”.

“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 5 June 2014, Budapest. Senior researcher Sándor Meisel introduced the topic of “Baltic miracle in the EU?” (in Hungarian). During the event the specificities of the Baltic catching up until the crisis, and the three countries’ crisis management methods as well as their post-crisis performance has been discussed. The main question of the debate was whether a certain Baltic model exists or not.

“Ten years of the New Europe”. Conference on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Enlargement, Lecture by András Inotai “Ten years of EU Membership a Critical Balance from Hungary”, 29-30 May 2014, Florence, Italy

“EU enlargement and the Western Balkans – 10 years after Thessaloniki”, by András Inotai in the framework of the international conference “Looking Southeast: Providing Fresh Impetus towards EU Membership” organized by the Central European University and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Budapest, on 28 May 2014

Seminar at the Warsaw School of Economics on: Chinese financial assistance in Visegrad countries: myth or reality?” 26 May 2014, Warsaw. Co-organised by IWE and Warsaw School of Economics with the participation of the Institute of International Relations, Prague, and Institute of Asian Studies, Bratislava. The event was financed by the International Visegrad Fund. From IWE two senior researchers made a presentation: Zsuzsánna Biedermann and Ágnes Szunomár on the themes of Chinese OFDI in Europe as well as on Chinese financial and non-financial investments in Hungary.

Club Europe, 20 May 2014, Budapest. During the May Club meeting the topic of „Europe’s fragmented party landscape and the perspective of an EU-wide party system” was presented by Prof. Rudolf Hrbek (University of Tübingen, visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges). His very informative and interesting exposé was followed by a lively debate.

Ten Years after the Accession to the European Union. Experience and Hungarian politics in the European Union”, Lecture by András Inotai in Berlin (in German), organized by the Association of ex-members of the Representatives of the Senate Berlin and the German-Hungarian Society, 14 May 2014

Conference at the London Metropolitan University on “China after 35 Years of Economic Transition”. 8-9 May 2014. IWE senior researcher Ágnes Szunomár contributed with a presentation on “Chinese FDI in Central and Eastern Europe”

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2016

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Expert public discussion on “Migration: An Opportunity, Not a Threat?”
25 April 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague

 

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The Centre for European Security and the Centre for International Law of the Institute of  InternIIR FrancoisCrepeauational Relations Prague, in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy, are the organizers of an
expert public discussion with François Crépeau, Professor and Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
Human Rights ofMigrants. The questions framing the discussion are, for example: Why should Europeans organize rather than prevent migration to Europe? Why is there so much opposition to and fear of inward migration? Is this justified? What benefits and opportunities do migrants bring? Migration also brings challenges – (how) can we deal with them? What lessons should we learn from dealing with migration in the past?

Public lecture on “The Use of Force Against ISIS: Is International Law Changing?”
31 March 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague

 

The Institute of International Relations Prague was proud to host a public lecture by the well-known international law expert Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, LL.M., Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, followed by the launch of the new Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations Prague. The events took place on 31 March at the Institute of International Relations Prague. Videos from the lecture and the launch are available at the event’s website.

Seminar on “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Central Europe”
23 March 2016, the Institute of International International Relations Prague

 

The Institute of International Relations Prague, together with the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, organized a seminar on “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Central Europe”.

Out of the range of interesting contributors and contributions to the seminar, let us mention Prof. Kong Tianping, Senior Researcher of the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his contribution “The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Implication for Cooperation between China and the Visegrad States”; Prof. Liu Zuokui, Director of the Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, with his presentation “How Chinese Perceive the V4 and China–V4 Relations”; and also Prof. Chen Xin, Director of the Department of European Economic Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his lecture “The Czech Republic in the 16+1 Cooperation.”

Roundtable on “Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other Member States”
9 March 2016, London School of Economics and Political Science

 

On 9 March 2016 Petr Kratochvíl, Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague, spoke, together with Ben Tonra, Stephen Keukeleire, Annegret Bendiek and Christian Lequesne, at a roundtable focusing on the topic of “Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other Member States” at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. You can find a report from the event at the event’s website.

Public lecture on “The Helplessness of German and European Refugee Policy”
24 February 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague

 

The Institute of International Relations Prague organized a public lecture with a subsequent discussion with Prof. em. Dr. Egbert Kurt Jahn dealing with issues connected to refugees, the German stance toward them and why Germany’s attitude in this respect is so different to that of other EU Member States.

Recent publications from Real Instituto Elcano – Spring/summer 2016

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Guy Edwards and Lara Lázaro, Spanish investors can capitalize on the low-carbon transition in Latin America, 25 April 2016

The implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer significant opportunities for Spanish investors while supporting Latin American countries in the achievement of low-carbon and resilient development. Institutional, knowledge and infrastructure challenges require attention to maximise these opportunities.

The publication can be accessed here.

William Chislett, Inside Spain nº127 28th March- 25nd April, 24 April 2016

Table of contents: Spain heading to new elections. Panama Papers claim the head of Industry Minister. Spain ranked above UK and US in press-freedom index. Spain to be given more time to meet EU’s budget deficit threshold.

The paper can be downloaded here.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, Elcano Global Presence Index Report, 04 May 2016

The 2016 edition of the Elcano Global Presence Index ranks 90 countries according to the extent to which they are currently ‘out there’, participating in and shaping the process of globalization. In addition to the incorporation of 10 new countries (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uruguay and Uzbekistan) and adjusting the weighting given to each variable (according to the international experts’ criteria resulting from a survey conducted in 2015), this year’s edition highlights the following results: China jumps to second position while Europe stagnates, the collapse of commodities prices affects the emerging economies. The added value of global presence of all 90 countries for which this index is calculated barely grows in 2015, which could indicate the stagnation of the globalization process. After years of increasingly disperse global presence, we are now seeing a re-concentration of external projection. The results of a survey conducted in 2015 shows the extent to which foreign policy specialists have changed their worldview. The world now looks ‘harder’ than it did in 2012.

More information about the publication can be found here.

William Chislett, Inside Spain nº128 25th April- 23nd May, 24 May 2016

Table of contents: Acting Foreign Minister lays foundations for new relation with Cuba. Spain holds firm in Elcano Global Presence Index. New left-wing alliance ‘set to overtake’ Socialists in June’s election. Madrid wins reprieve after breaking EU budget rules. PSA Group and Renault announce €1.3 billion of investments.

The paper can be downloaded here.

Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez, Fourteen dilemmas for Spanish development aid in the new incoming parliament, 08 June 2016

The future of Spanish policy on international development cooperation requires a series of dilemmas to be politically addressed; these concern, for example, the geographical distribution of aid, the connection between development policy and other strands of foreign policy and the appropriate combination of instruments (bilateral, multilateral) and actors (public administrations, NGOs, companies…).

The publication can be accessed here.

Carmen González Enríquez, Highs and lows of immigrant integration in Spain, 13 June 2016

Spain can boast of having integrated a wave of migrants of singular size and intensity into its society. It is still, however, a long way from the countries where first-generation immigrants and their offspring have secured prominent roles in public life.

The publication can be accessed here.

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Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – And Western protectionism came to pass…in a world of digital flows, 19 April 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Obama, the nuclear weaponising deweaponiser, 26 April 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – The plot against Europe, 3 May 2016

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, The euro: an orphan who no longer needs his parents?, 9 May 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Woman with leadership skills needed for complex global organisation, 10 May 2016

William Chislett, Spain holds firm in the Elcano Global Presence Index, despite economic crisis, 11 May 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Why people join ISIS, 17 May 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Is Hugo Chávez still there?, 24 May 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Careful about making Russia the enemy, 31 May 2016

Gonzalo Escribano, The Future of Natural Gas in South America, 3 June 2016

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Brexit talk is pushing the City of London closer to Frankfurt, 6 June 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Is China a market economy?, 7 June 2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator – Everyone’s off to a Warsaw under scrutiny, 14 June 2016

Past events at the College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2015

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The EU and China: Reform and Governance, College of Europe (Bruges), 4-5 May 2015

On 4-5 May 2015 the EU-China Research Centre and the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe held a conference on “The EU and China: Reform and Governance”. The conference was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (4 May 2015) ancolleged the European Parliament (5 May 2015) in Brussels.

The objective of this one-and-a-half day conference was to bring together high-level European and Chinese researchers and policymakers to explore the topic of reform and governance. It did so by focusing on both the EU’s and China’s apcollege 2proaches to domestic and global governance, as well as current reforms in the EU and China. Whereas the first day was devoted to an in-depth study of the internal opportunities and challenges shared by the EU and China as well as their contribution to global governance, the morning of the second day put an emphasis on global climate governance.

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