The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) has always found it important to provide young professionals–the next generation of decision-makers and policy-shapers–with an inside look into the world of diplomacy. Our research internship program is a good testament to this engagement as interns regularly participate in closed-door meetings with experts and politicians who are actively engaged with foreign policy.

This year, on the sidelines of the Budapest Balkans Forum, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to the new generation of foreign policy professionals. Within the framework of our flagship conference, IFAT will organize the Budapest Balkans Youth Forum; a mock negotiation with the participation of thirty, highly motivated young professionals from Central and Southeast Europe. 

Participants will take part in a negotiation simulation in which they will discuss current topics related to the Western Balkans, representing EU Member States within the European Council. Moderated by experienced colleagues of our Institute, young professionals would acquire a unique perspective of the decision-making process within one of the top EU bodies while having the chance to engage with their peers from Hungary and abroad.

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