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Hajnalka Vincze is an independent foreign and defense policy analyst. She is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, on European, transatlantic and French politics and policies. She worked previously, until 2004, as lead researcher on NATO and EU security issues at the Hungarian Defence Ministry’s Strategic and Defence Studies Institute. Her writings are published across Europe and in the U.S., she has provided expertise to both the UK Parliament and the French National Assembly. She is invited speaker at conferences and seminars, she lectures at universities and participates in television and radio debates. She is a regular author for the French reviews Défense & Stratégie, Engagement, and DefTech on foreign policy, defense and armaments issues. She runs a monthly column on international affairs in Hungary’s leading online economic journal, Portfolio, and is the co-founder of the French think-tank IVERIS.



Discussion on transatlantic relations
Hungarian Europe Society
03 déc, 2020

Webinar, in English, on transatlantic relations. Debate moderated by István Hegedűs, with Charles A. Kupchan, Thibault Muzergues and Veronica Anghel. The video is available at this link.

Conference on Liberal Answers to Anti-Liberal Challenges
Hungarian Europe Society
06 nov, 2020

There is no doubt about Western liberalism undergoing a two-front attack: challenged from the outside, through the rise of authoritarian regimes, as well as from the inside due to the spread of so-called populism. It would certainly be comfortable to think of these as objective developments, mostly out of our control – evil forces at play. In reality, no adequate response is possible, or even imaginable, without first acknowledging our own responsibility in the current state of affairs. Especially in Europe, where we consistently have made ourselves weak and thereby put our Union, our countries and our citizens at the mercy of these “evil forces”.

Conscious Uncoupling? American Troop Withdrawals and the Future of the West
FPRI conversations
06 aout, 2020

President Trump's recent announcemet that nearly 12, 000 U.S. Troops will be redeployed was both an expected and surprising product of a mixture of leadership personalities, electoral politics and strategic calculations. What does it all mean for American and European security? A trio of FPRI scholars - Ronald Granieri, David S. Maxwell and Hajnalka Vincze - discuss the President's decision, as we consider its probable causes and possible long-term effects on American-German relations, NATO, and broader U.S. strategy.

President Macron’s Balancing Act
Lecture at the Princeton Committee of FPRI
26 oct, 2017

"For the next five years, on the domestic front, the main challenge will be the feeling of alienation of a large majority of the French population. This comes both from the divide between globalization’s winners and losers, and from what is widely perceived as an increasingly assertive presence of Islam. On the European front, there is an unprecedented window of opportunity for the protective, strategic, autonomous EU project France has always advocated, but the key to achieve this still resides in the implementation of the multispeed model."

A glimpse into the counter-terrorism vs human rights conundrum
International conference on human rights and counter-terrorism, Geneva
16 févr, 2015

In the light of recent terrorist attacks in Europe, the controversy about how to strike the appropriate balance between “the fight against terrorism” and the upholding of human rights, might well return to the forefront of attention. The European Union and its Member States are the United States’ closest allies, and the cooperation extends well beyond the traditional NATO framework, deep into counter-terrorism, both on a bilateral and multilateral basis. At the same time, Europe has been resolutely and consistently skeptical as to the course of action taken by the USA in the aftermath of 9/11.

The new stage in European defense through recent operations in Africa
Forum académique sur la sécurité en Europe, Strasbourg
25 juin, 2014

Presentation on "The new stage in European defense through recent operations in Africa" at the Academic Forum on European Security, in Strasbourg, 25-26 June 2014.
A non-nuclear independent Scotland in NATO? (BBC Radio interview)
Entretien à BBC Radio l’émission 5 Live Drive
20 nov, 2013

Should the SNP’s (Scottish National Party) anti-nuclear stance be a problem for an independent Scotland eager to keep its membership card in NATO ?* In short, not really. Calling for the removal of UK nuclear weapons from its territory and becoming a non-nuclear state is not a priori inconsistent with membership in NATO. Reminder: 20 member countries out of the current 28 do not possess and/or host any nuclear weapons on their soil.

On the transatlantic dimension of British Euroskepticism
Séminaire international à l'université de Toulon
09 avril, 2013

The dynamic of relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union cannot be understood in its totality and in its specificity without taking into account the role played by the United States, particularly through the relationship that London would like to believe "special." Be it directly, indirectly, or even sometimes paradoxically, the American/Atlanticist tropism of the British political and media establishment is at the root of many of their positions considered as skeptical or downright hostile vis-à-vis the European integration.

Scottish Independence and the Question of Transatlantic and European Security
University of Glasgow International Lecture Series
21 mars, 2013

The special position of the UK in the European and transatlantic security field will be one of the key defining elements both for the attitude of other States vis-a-vis a possible Scottish independence (would or would not they prefer to see London weakened even if just temporarily), and for their appreciation of the policies pursued by an independent Scotland (would they be in line with, or different from, those of Whitehall). Looking at the possibility of Scottish independence from a transatlantic-European security perspective implies examining three different albeit closely related subjects:

International seminar on the French-German couple and the future of Europe
Séminaire international The Federalist, Strasbourg
07 mars, 2009

Book launch in Strasbourg: For a European Europe
Librairie Kléber, Strasbourg
06 nov, 2007

On November 6, the book "For a European Europe" was launched at the Kleber Bookshop in Strasbourg. 
The armaments sector in front of the great challenges of European integration
Colloque syndical européen de la FNTE CGT
29 sept, 2007

How can we reconcile two fundamentally different logics: that of the armaments sector with all the strategic imperatives linked to it, and that of the European construction which oscillates between a quasi-political entity and a mere large market? Intervention at the European Trade Union Symposium of the FNTE (National Federation of the Workers of the State) of the CGT.

EU accession and the foreign policy dimension
University of Glasgow CRCEES Research Forum
11 mai, 2007

First Annual CRCEES (Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies) Research Forum. CRCEES is an inter-university Centre of Excellence. Presentation on the foreign policy dimension of EU accession.
The instruments of Europe's independence
Colloque à Strasbourg, au Conseil de l'Europe
05 oct, 2006

As for the systematically hidden choice between European dependence or independence, in the texts, everything seems crystal clear. When the ESDP (European Security and Defense Policy) was launched in June 1999 in Cologne, the Declaration of the Fifteen immediately stipulated the need for autonomy and credibility of the Union's means and assets. This is in line with the objectives set out in Article 11 of the Treaty on European Union, in particular the "safeguarding of the common values, fundamental interests, independence and integrity" of the EU. However, not only are we still waiting to see when these beautiful words will be translated into deeds, but the very question of whether they should be one day remains an object of debate.

The renaissance of Europe
International Congress of European Journalists
15 nov, 2003

International Congress of the Association of European Journalists, on The renaissance of Europe and the Media. Panel discussion and presentation on the European idea and sovereignty.

NATO Partnership for Peace European Security ESDI-CESDP Study Group (ESSG) meeting
NATO PfP Study Group meeting, Bern, Switzerland
21 avril, 2002

The European Security ESDI-CESDP Study Group (ESSG) has held his second 2002 meeting in Bern, Switzerland on April 21-23, 2002, as scheduled, on the invitation of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs. The meeting focused on "The Impact of the "Global War On Terrorism" ("GWOT") on European Security"

International Workshop on ESDP Democratic Accountability
Bradford University-Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
30 juin, 2001

30 June - 2 July 2001Venue: Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK

Organised jointly by the University of Bradford (UK) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Norway)

This was the first workshop of the EDSP Democracy Project. Organised jointly by the University of Bradford (UK) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Norway). It aimed to examine the theoretical and methodological underpinnings for the EDSP Project, and to examine issues and challenges relating to the 'accountability gap' in three thematic areas

News Briefs
Radio interview on NATO and the EU

One year into the war in Ukraine: the list of my writings on the subject

Have a good reading!
Radio interview on Europe, the EU, the war in Ukraine

Radio interview the day after the French presidential election

Radio interview about political-military developments in Europe

On the privatisation of military activities

On information wars

A couple of thoughts, quoted in Boris...
On the US presidential election's possible impact on Europe

A few thoughts about the possible impact of the upcoming U.S. elections on transatlantic relations,...
Belgian Parliament nearly puts an end to the stationing of US nuclear bombs

EU Seat on the UNSC? A False Good Idea: Attractive but Counterproductive

It would be desirable to see Europe “speaking with one voice”...

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