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James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Speaker: Her Excellency Réka Szemerkényi
Her Excellency Réka Szemerkényi

U.S.-European Relations Today and Tomorrow: A Presentation by Her Excellency Réka Szemerkényi

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:00 PM  to 8:00 AM

Baker Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Europe today faces a number of major challenges spurred by geopolitical shifts, national and transnational political movements, economic uncertainty and a refugee crisis. Political decisions regarding these issues and their outcomes will affect the continent and transatlantic relationships for years to come. With longstanding trade and security ties, the United States’ relationship with Europe remains critically important. Reaching effective and mutually agreeable outcomes to the challenges facing Europe will require a dialogue and pragmatism. The Baker Institute hosts Her Excellency Réka Szemerkényi, Hungary's ambassador to the United States, for a discussion on key issues facing Europe, the U.S.-Hungary relationship and Eastern European energy security. Join the conversation online with #BakerHungary.

Open to the Public / Registration Required

Biography of Her Excellency Réka Szemerkényi:
Her Excellency Réka Szemerkényi has served as Hungary’s ambassador to the United States since February 2015. From 2011 to 2014, Szemerkényi served as chief advisor on security policy to Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, dealing with central European relations and the Balkans and Russia, with a particular emphasis on energy and cyber security. Between 2006 and 2011, she was the chief advisor on international relations to the chairman of the board of Hungarian oil and gas company, MOL Group. Szemerkényi was state secretary for foreign policy and national security advisor to the prime minister from 1998 to 2002, and she was a senior advisor in Hungary’s Ministry of Defense from 1991 to 1994. She has also been a lecturer at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest and Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. From 1995 to 1996, she worked as a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, studying Central European civil-military reform. Szemerkényi holds a Ph.D. from Pázmány Péter Catholic University and an M.A. in strategic studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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