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March 2021

  • Friday, March 5th Hungarian Foreign Policy between the World Wars

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    Friday, March 5, 202110:00AM - 11:30AMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Miklós Zeidler (b. 1967), historian, studied History (M.A. at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1994) and International Relations (M.Sc. at Budapest University of Economics, 1994). In 1998, he joined the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Hungary at the Eötvös Loránd University. After his Ph.D. (2001) and his habilitation (2011) he was promoted to associate professor in 2014. In the same year he joined the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a part-time senior researcher. Meanwile, he was a guest lecturer at the College of Hospitality Managament (Budapest), the Budapest University of Economics and the University of Theatre and Film Arts (Budapest). He specializes in inter-war international relations and 19th and 20th century sport history of Hungary. He did archival research in Geneva, London, Madrid, Oxford, Paris and Rome and gave lectures in several countries including the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He published a great number of studies and books, including Ideas on Territorial Revision in Hungary 1920–1945 (2007).

    His paper provides an overview of Hungarian foreign policy between the World Wars. Defeated in the Great War and subsequently partitioned yet regaining its full independence, Hungary started a revisionist foreign policy aiming to upset the Peace Treaty of Trianon and recover at least some but preferably or all of her lost territories. Seeking wide-ranging political partnership during the 1920s – including her former enemies France, the British Empire and the US as well – Hungary began to narrow down her scope of potential allies to the Axis Powers in the 1930s. With some initial hopes towards the League Nations to protect the Hungarian national minorities in the neighbouring states and to raise the question of treaty revision, the Hungarian government finally followed the example of Germany and Italy and left the Geneva-based organization in 1939. After the Axis-assisted restoration of about half of her lost territories between 1938 and 1941, Hungary reluctantly entered World War II, and was defeated again in 1945 by the Allied and Associated Powers. The huge loss of life and material as well as of the temporarily regained territories combined with the subsequent Soviet occupation and political influence left Hungary in an arguably worse situation than she had been after the Great War.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Miklós Zeidler
    Speaker
    The Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

    Robert Austin
    Chair
    Associate Director, CERES


    Main Sponsor

    Hungarian Studies Program

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Friday, March 12th Czech Geopolitical Identity and Its Impacts on Today's Chechia

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    Friday, March 12, 202112:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Although the geographical position of Czechia is in the very centre of Europe, its geopolitical identity has been contested many times in its history. The internal and external influences in political struggles over the country’s political and geographical “soul” have resulted in a unique character of thinking about Czechia itself and its relationship to the rest of Europe and the world – the “Czech archive” of geopolitical imaginations. Such an archive of geopolitical knowledge plays a vital role in the state’s current foreign politics, especially towards its neighbours, the EU, and the world. The lecture shows a still changing and complex nature of thinking about the Czech geopolitical identity and its impacts on today’s Chechia.

    Tomáš Drobík, Ph.D., holds a PhD in political science with a specialization in Political geography. He works at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development as an assistant professor and at the Faculty of Science holds the position of vice-Dean for Internal and External Relations. He focuses primarily on political geography theories and geopolitics with territorial specialization in Central Europe and the Middle East. In the area of critical geopolitics, he predominantly focuses on the popular geopolitics of Czechia.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938

    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures


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  • Wednesday, March 24th How Demography Challenges Are Shaping Democracies in Eastern Europe

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    Wednesday, March 24, 202111:00AM - 12:30PMOnline Event, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Series

    Annual Daniel and Elisabeth Damov Lecture in European Affairs

    Description

    In a democracy numbers matter. Demography may not be destiny but it shapes political power in the way that water shapes rock. Put simply, when populations change, power changes hands. This lecture is about how shrinking ethnic and racial majorities in Western democracies are trying to adjust to a future in which their declining numbers threaten their majority status. It’s not about how people elect their governments, but rather how different governments select their people. This occurs by re-designing citizenship criteria and electoral law, by crafting new immigration regimes, by employing practices like gerrymandering and voter suppression, and by changing national narratives. The central argument is that today’s clash between liberalism and illiberalism is at root a contest between two contrasting ideals of the “people”. Liberalism is a vote for an inclusive body politic, representing the diversity of modern society, in which the only majority that matters is the one born on election day. Illiberalism, by contrast, is a belief that the political and national community should be aligned. It’s an effort to try and preserve the indigenous character of national democracies at a time of dramatic change in ethnic, racial or generational composition.

    Short bio: Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is the author of “Is it Tomorrow, Yet? How the Pandemic Changes Europe” ( Penguin, 2020); The Light that Failed: A Reckoning (Allen Lane, 2019), co-authored with Stephen Holmes – won the 30th Annual Lionel Gelber Prize; “After Europe” (UPenn Press, 2017); “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, 2014) and “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013). Ivan Krastev is the winner of the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020.


    Speakers

    Ivan Krastev
    Speaker
    The chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna

    Robert Austin
    Chair
    Associate Director and Professor, CERES


    Sponsors

    Mr. Daniel Damov


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