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The V4 and the Eastern Mediterranean: Prospects of Cooperation

Antall József Tudásközpont
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Hungary took over the Presidency of the Visegrad Group in July 2017. The summits held with two regional powers of the Eastern Mediterranean, namely Egypt and Israel, constitute a prominent element of the Hungarian Presidency’s agenda.

The objective of this international conference is to provide a platform for academic debate on the security and economic relations between the V4 and the Eastern Mediterranean, two regions that are of key importance for Europe’s future.

The conference poses the question whether the V4 can become a new, pragmatic catalyst of a European foreign policy towards our south-eastern neighbourhood. The question is how such a policy can be better equipped to benefit from the changing balance of power and the opportunities for greater economic cooperation between the key actors of the Eastern Mediterranean. The conference is devoted to the analysis of the prospects and challenges of these opportunities.

Invited speakers:
🔴 Panel I: Challenges of a Pivotal Region: The Eastern Mediterranean in the 21st Century

- Efraim Karsh Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
- Elena Lazarou Senior Policy Analyst, European Parliamentary Research Service
- Sherin Gharib Scientific Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs
Moderator: Zsolt Csepregi International Relations Coordinator, Antall József Knowledge Centre

🔴 Panel II: Potential of an Enhanced V4-Eastern Mediterranean Cooperation: Repercussions for Europe

- Dimitrios Triantaphyllou Director, Center for International and European Studies, Kadir Has University International
- Tamás Szigetvári Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Adam Balcer Foreign Policy Project Manager, WiseEuropa Institute
Moderator: Tamás Kozma International Relations Manager, Antall József Knowledge Centre

The event is public, but registration is needed:
📌 http://www.ajtk.hu/program-registration/207