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V I K T O R O R B A N: Europe’s Putin, Erdogan or Trump? by Andrew Ludanyi

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Dicke Forum
Event Category: 
General Campus Events
College of Arts and Sciences
Social Studies
Political Science
General HSPS
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V I K T O R  O R B A N :  Europe’s Putin, Erdogan or  Trump?


According to ONU Professor Emeritus Andrew Ludanyi, “The news coverage of world events is generally very superficial in the American news media, whether on CNN or WOSU or Fox News.  Thus, most of you have probably not heard of Viktor Orban except perhaps in pejorative terms.  Globally, major powers receive most of the attention, yet the movers and shakers are not just China, Russia, Germany, Brazil and India.  Sometimes relatively small states can play an important role.  Such is the case of Viktor Orban’s Hungary.   It is a prominent player in both EU affairs and in the presently challenging question of migration politics.  Because Orban has been a maverick in this area, he has been presented as a small-scale [Vladimir] Putin, [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan [of Turkey] or [our own Donald J.] Trump. Are these characterizations valid?  Not to mention the more vituperative labels that have been thrown at him as a fascist, an autocrat and a populist demagogue.  Why such vehement attacks when he has actually done well for Hungary and for the Visegrad  four (  a cultural and political alliance of four Central European states – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration, as well as for advancing military, economic and energy cooperation with one another.)?”


“Of course he is partly to blame, because he loves debate and confrontation.  And he has contributed to the political vocabulary of our day by claiming to be an “illiberal democrat.” I will examine his actual policies to see how he fits the stereotypes established by Putin, Erdogan and Trump!  What is his role in the present-day European and global context?”