Our Institute hosts an array of discussions, networking events, roundtable debates, and public lectures to offer the Hungarian and international audience up-to-date insights to the state of the affairs in the United States.




George C. Marshall Center Hungarian Alumni Online Event on NATO’s Deterrence


On 19th April 2023 the Institute for American Studies hosted the George C. Marshall Center Hungarian Alumni’s panel discussion on the changes and challenges of NATO’s deterrence. The „NATO Deterrence: Lessons and Challenges for Allies in 2023” online roundtable featured Prof. Ralf Roloff,  Deputy Dean for Resident Programs at the George C. Marshall Center´s College of International and Security Studies, Prof. em. Zoltán Szenes, Professor of the Department of International Security Studies, University of Public Service (UPS), and Tamás Csiki Varga, Research Fellow of the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies, UPS. The discussion was moderated by Gábor Csizmazia, Research Fellow of the Institute for American Studies and Head of Hungarian Alumni of the German Marhall Center. Link.


Divided Government roundtable with Scott Frisch professor


Scott Frish, professor and chair of Political Science at California State University Channel Islands, Balázs Mártonffy, our director, and Tibor Mándi, our researcher and associate professor of the ELTE Faculty of Law discussed the division of the United States' government in moderation of Máté Czene-Joó PhD candidate of ELTE Faculty of Law. Link.




Visit of Assistant Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard, Steven Stivers at the University of Public Service


IAS hosted MG Steve Stivers, former Congressman, currently the deputy head of the Ohio National Guard to discuss Ohio-Hungary partnership opportunities and current international security issues. Link.


George C Marshall Center alumni meeting at the University of Public Service


General Cavoli, currently NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, then the Commander of US Army Europe, was the guest of our Institute as we hosted our first-ever George C. Marshall Center Alumni Event. The event also marked the occasion for the transition to our colleagues, Gábor Csizmazia, to the President of the Hungarian GCMC Alumni Association.  Link.


The 100th anniversary US-Hungarian relations


To mark the centennial of US-Hungarian relations, the Hungarian Ministry of Defense, together with University of Public Service, hosted a panel discussion and photo exhibit centering on the successes of the US-Hungarian security relations. Panelists included the Hungarian deputy state secretary for defense policy, the deputy commandant of the Hungarian Defense Forces, commander of the Ohio National Guard, and our Institute's director.  Link.


Discussion with the United States's Charge d'Affaires, Marc Dillard


Chargé Marc Dillard, acting Head-of-Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, was the guest of IAS in an off-the-record discussion with key academics and think tankers to examine the various possible outcomes of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Link.


Discussion with Roger Pilon on the role of courts in the US


Roger Pilon, senior legal scholar at the CATO Institution in Washington, was the guest of IAS to talk about the ongoing challenges to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Link.


Online roundtable: Scaling the United States


Our joint event with the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary (IFAT) saw an online panel discussion on the successess, low-points, and challenges of the Biden administration's first few months. Panelists included former minister and IAS's director emeritus Tamás Fellegi, the deputy director of IFAT, Tamás Baranyi, Budapest Fellow Ryan Brockhouse, and recent hire of IAS, former U.S. diplomat Dwight Nystrom. Link.




China’s Quest for Foreign Technology: Beyond Espionage book launch


Together with the U.S. Embassy and the Institute for Cyber Security, IAS held a book launch for co-editors at Georgetown and DGAP on China's extra-legal and peri-political methods for seeking out foreign technology. Link


Conference on the new space era


Our institute co-held a conference on the policy and legal challenges of the increased competition in space, with scholars from the University of Public Service and beyond. Link.


Roundtable discussion: Contemporary challenges of the United States


As part of the University's annual Free University, IAS organized a panel discussion with Michael Anton, a former Trump administration senior national security officer, and Dwight Nystrom, a former U.S. diplomat and academic, on the ongoing foreign policy challenges of the Biden Administration Link


Panel discussion: Russo-Ukrainain War and its political and legal ramifications


Together with the Eotvos Lorand University's Political Science Institute, IAS co-organized a timely panel discussion on the various aspects of the ongoing war. Noted international legal scholar Gábor Kajtár, ELTE Poli Sci Institute's director and deputy director, and the directors of the Institute for Strategic and Defense Studies and IAS all expressed their views. Link.


2020 and earlier: events of IAS' predecessor, the American Studies Research Center


  • Panel discussion on the US-Iran geopolitical competition with Col. Tim Manning (USAF) and Balazs Martonffy. Summary.
  • Public lecture: RAND Corporation's senior research fellow on the weaponization of information. Summary
  • Visit of the Council of American Ambassadors. Summary.
  • Roundtable discussion on the US trade policy. Summary.
  • Special guest of the American Center – Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin Hodges. Summary.
  • Conference on the United States - Central and Eastern European relations. Summary