Placement: Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.: June 25 – October 23, 2019
Flóra’s responsibilities at the Atlantic Council’s Executive Office mainly focused on research of various topics, including US strategy in Central and Eastern Europe; Iran’s proxy war in the Middle East, China-US trade disputes; geopolitics and energy security of the Eastern Mediterranean region; Central European and Western Balkan countries’ media landscapes; among others. Her other tasks included assisting in organizing and managing events; assisting in speech-writing; preparing briefs for television interviews and congressional hearings; contributing to the weekly newsletter and some administrative tasks. As an intern at the Atlantic Council, Flóra had the chance to attend a panel discussion with the Prime Minister of Latvia Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš; a luncheon roundtable discussion with Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire; and the Fifth Annual Central and Eastern European Energy Security Conference that brought together esteemed panelists and moderators who discussed and debated current Central and Eastern European energy policy, the transatlantic energy security nexus, and the movement towards European energy independence, to name a few. She also attended a U.S. Senate hearing when Damon Wilson, Executive Vice president of the Atlantic Council who was invited to testify before the US Senate Armed Forces Committee on the situation in Southeastern Europe. Apart from her work at the Atlantic Council, Flóra also worked on her thesis, which is an analysis of the role of nuclear weapons in strategic stability between India and Pakistan.
“Participating in the program and working at the Atlantic Council was a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity. The best thing about my internship is that I got hands-on experience. Furthermore, I could not only gain insight in the inner structure and processes of a well-established think tank, but it also contributed to my professional as well as personal development. Learning about new perspectives, deepening my knowledge and familiarizing myself with new research techniques will definitely help me in my future professional endeavors. Meeting with theHungarian-American community was also a unique experience, as it gave me an understanding about how the diaspora organizes itself and as someone who grew up as a Hungarian minority in Slovakia, I could compare my experiences to theirs.”
Flóra Anna Adouki is an undergraduate student in International Relations at Corvinus University Budapest (Budapest, Hungary). To gain international experience, Flóra has already spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway) and she has just completed a semester as an exchange student at the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). Throughout her university studies, Flóra aimed to supplement her theoretical knowledge with practical experience, so she volunteered at the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta (Budapest, Hungary), worked as an Event and Communications Manager at the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (Budapest, Hungary) and interned at the International Organization for Migration (Budapest, Hungary). Flóra is also a student at Saint Ignatius Jesuit College for Advanced Studies (SZIK) Leadership Program (Budapest, Hungary), where she is an International Affairs team leader. Flóra is interested in international relations, European cohesion policies, human rights, migration and minority politics. She speaks English and Slovakian fluently, and Norwegian at a basic level.