Second Danube Summit on Geopolitics, Security, and Defense

Date: 1-2 December 2022 Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa- 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest (Entrance: Aranybástya - The Golden Bastion Restaurant)

The Danube Institute is proud to present its second annual summit on Geopolitics in Budapest. Panel Discussions will focus on the Russo-Ukrainian conflict and its after-effects on the region as well as transnational issues, including the status of NATO capabilities, global energy, trade, and logistics affairs, and the competing ideals and agendas that impact them.


08:30-09:00 Registration

 09:00- 09:20 Welcome remarks
John O’Sullivan,
President of Danube Institute, and Prof. Dr Tamás Dezső, President, Board of Trustees of the Batthyány Lajos Foundation

09:30-11:30 Session I

09:30-10:00 Geopolitics: The Shifting Tectonic Plates of World Power
S. John Tsagronis, Institute of World Politics, Professor of Statecraft and National Security Affairs

10:00-11:30 - Panel Discussion- After Ukraine, where Does the West stand?

  •  10:00- 10:20 —How Washington sees NATO’s future
    John Venable, Heritage Foundation, Washington, D. C.
  • 10:20- 10:40 —How Central Europe sees European Defense
    H.E. Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, Senior Advisor Transatlantic Strategy, International Republican Institute
  • 10:40-11:00—NATO's adaptation to new strategic realities
    David Hobbs, Atlantic Treaty Association of the United Kingdom
  • 11:00-11:20—Global Partners, the West in the Indo-Pacific: NATO and the Hub-and-Spokes System”, Quad, AUKUS, and More"
    András Bartók, University of Public Service, Hungary

Coffee break

11:45-13:30 Session II

11:45-12:15 Geoeconomics:  Rebuilding A Stable World Economy
Václav Klaus, Prime Minister (1992-1997) and President of the Czech Republic (2003-2013)

12:15- 13:30- Panel discussion

  • 12:15-12:35—Global Energy Situation
    Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of Canadian Gas Association, Canada
  • 12:35-12:50—Pipeline Politics
    Thomas Clowes-Pritchard, Outreach Director, Pinsker Center
  • 12:50-13:05—No Wheat in Sight - the Geopolitical and Security Consequences of the Ukraine War in Africa
    Viktor Marsai, Research director of the Migration Research Institute, Hungary
  • 13:05-13:20—Financial Flows Politics & Supply Chain Politics
    Dr. Neven Vidaković, CEO of Loti Trading and adjunct assistant professor of economics at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Co-Author and author of numerous books on banking, exchange rate regimes, and monetary and credit analysis.

13:30-14:30 Lunch break

14:30- 16:10 Session III-Threats to Geopolitical Order

  • 14:30-14:50—Cyber Security & Disinformation
    Dustin Carmack, The Heritage Foundation, U.S.
  • 14:50-15:10—Ukraine
    Robert C. Castel, Israel Democracy Institute, Post Doc Fellow, Counterterrorism
  • 15:10-15:30—America’s Energy Policy
    Drew Bond, C3 Solutions, U.S.
  • 15:30-15:50—The Future Challenges of the Middle East and the Future of Europe
    Prof. Dr. Tamás Dezső, President, Board of Trustees of the Batthyány Lajos Foundation
  • 15:50-16:10—Extremism, Immigration, Emigration
    Prof. Jeffrey Kaplan, Distinguished Fellow, Danube Institute

The Geopolitical Illiteracy of the West
Prof. Frank Füredi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, U. K.         


DAY-2 Security & Geopolitics- The Intersection of the Two

09:30-10:00 Registration 

10:00-12:00 Session I

10:00-10:20 Competing Visions: The Clash of Civilizations and Ideas
Prof. David Martin Jones, Director of Research at the Danube Institute

10:20-12:00 Panel Discussion

  •  10:20–10:40—Rules-based orders: Nationalism vs Globalism
    Dr. George Bogden, Olin Fellow, Columbia University/Senior Visiting Researcher at Bard College/2022 Helmut Schmidt Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, Berlin
  • 10:40-11:00—Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, The Biden Foreign Policy
    John O’Sullivan, CBE, President of the Danube Institute
  • 11:00–11:20—Russia’s Worldview: Katechon and Atomic Orthodoxy
    Prof. Maria Engstrom, Professor of Russian at Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 11:20-11:40—Rifts in the Muslim World:  Global Jihad
    Prof. Jeffrey Kaplan, Distinguished Fellow, Danube Institute
  • 11:40-12:00—The Radical Right and Clashes of Civilizations and Ideas
    Prof. Mark Sedgwick, Aarhaus University, Denmark
  • 12:00-12:20- Iran in a Post-American Middle Eastern Order
    Erzsébet Nagyné Dr. Rózsa, Professor, National University of Public Service

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:00 Session II- Geopolitics:  Diplomacy, Alliances & Military Power
The Honorable Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia

14:00-15:45 Session III - American Decline and a New World Order?

  • 14:00-14:15—How We Got Here
    David Oldroyd-Bolt
    , British Historian and political consultant

  • 14:15-14:30 —U.S. World Power & American Opinion
    Dr. Gladden Pappin, Associate Professor University of Dallas/Visiting MCC Senior Visiting Fellow, founder and co-editor of American Affairs
  • 14:30-14:45 —The American Brand - Still Viable? (Virtual)
    Karlyn Bowman, Distinguished Senior Fellow Emeritus, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D. C.
  • 14:45-15:00—Challenges to Central Asia
    H.E. Dr. János Hóvári, Ambassador to the Turkic Nations, Professor of Turkic Studies
  • 15:15-15:30—Proposing an Alliance of Democratic Nations
    Dr. Ofir Haivry, Visiting Fellow of the Danube Institute
  • 15:30-15:45—Threats to Geopolitical Order (Virtual)
    Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History

15:45- 16:05 Concluding Remarks - “Hungary and the World”
István Kiss
, Executive Director, Danube Institute, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Conservative


Date: 1-2 December 2022
Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa- 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest 
(Entrance: Aranybástya - The Golden Bastion Restaurant)

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