The aim of the organizers was to provide practical pieces of knowledge for the participants who could later utilize this knowledge in making the right decisions in everyday problem management or crisis situations. The programme was primarily aimed at international university staff members dealing with international relations, particularly Erasmus-coordinators. Participants came from three continents and 13 countries inter alia from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of South Africa. In addition to the event being an excellent opportunity for networking, Vice-Rector Kis also reminded that “everyone is here to learn for the sake of each-other”.
The program included the presentation of the experts of the various field related to the event’s core topic. Tamás Bezsenyi criminologist focused on risk prevention whereas Tamás Halmai clinical psychologist on meditation and effective communication methods. Dr. József Haller, Head of the Neurobiology Department at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences provided insight into the cultural aspects of conflict management. The renowned experts also included representatives of civil society with such speakers as Veronika Nagy, program coordinator at Bátor Tábor which has been organizing therapeutic recreation camps for seriously ill children and their families.
For the first time, a state report on Hungary’s activity in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations was published. The report was written by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes, Head of the Department of International Security Studies at the Faculty of International and European Studies, on the request of the International Peace Institute of the UN.
The International Peace Institute, in cooperation with George Washington University (USA) and Queensland University (AUS), launched a research project in 2014 in which the contributing member states’ experiences in peacekeeping is reviewed. The experts of each member state write the evaluation of the peacekeeping activity of the country in question based on single research criteria, making the comparative evaluation of the member states’ UN policies possible.
Currently, there are 120 nations participating in peacekeeping, out of which 57 countries’ activity and experiences being processed by the research group. According to the plans, there will be a report on each contributing country by the end of next year, and the three-year project will conclude with a summarizing study.
The research group focusing on UN crisis management and peacekeeping at the Department of International Security Studies of NUPS was formed two years ago which summarized its research activities of 2013 in a collection of studies. Furthermore, an international conference focusing on the 70 years of the UN’s international relations regarding crisis management and peacekeeping was held this May. These research activities could also contribute to the preparation of the current study, the findings of which Professor Szenes will present at the UN conference of the Faculty of Law Enforcement this October. The study is available online.
This is the second time that an international organization utilizes the research results of NUPS after the OECD’s analysis on NUPS’ 2015 Good State Report.