Riga Security Forum 2020: Podcast sessions (LIIA, Latvia)

Building on the experience of successfully completed “Riga Security Forum 2019” in 2020, LIIA is moving forward to continue to expand the format by developing high-level discussions within the “Riga Security Forum 2020.” Riga Security Forum 2020 aims to stimulate debate with diverse regional voices reflecting on the Baltic Sea region’s security and beyond. Particular attention will be paid to so-called “traditional” security threats such as relations with Russia, transatlantic relations, and China’s growing influence, as well as “new” security challenges, such as pandemic control, climate change, technological development, gender, and other issues. Due to the spread of COVID – 19 pandemic and taking care of society’s safety and health this year, LIIA adapts to the latest technological trends and, for 2020, offers to follow the Riga Security Forum 2020 debate on podcast sessions. The RSF 2020 podcast sessions will gather experts and politicians to address various security issues in the region and beyond.

RSF2020 ep.I – The Digital Age: How to protect democratic values? For the Riga Security Forum 2020: Podcast sessions opening, we offer you a high-level discussion with the President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits: “The Digital Age. How to protect democratic values?” The conversation will be chaired by Andris Sprūds, the director of the LIIA and Professor at Riga Stradiņš University. 

RSF2020 ep.II: Stepping into eight decade of NATO: What challenges await us?: ‘Riga Security Forum 2020: Podcast sessions’ continue with a high-level conversation with Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General of NATO: “Stepping into eight decade of NATO: What challenges await us?” The discussion will be chaired by Imants Lieģis, Senior fellow at LIIA, former ambassador to France, Benelux, NATO, the EU Political and Security Committee, and the Kingdom of Spain, as well as former Latvian Defense Minister, and existing member of the Advisory Board for the European Leadership Network (ELN). 

RSF2020 ep.III: The U.S. Election 2020: Impact on Transatlantic Security: The conversation with Prof. Daniel S. Hamilton, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is led by Dr. Māris Andžāns, Senior Fellow at the LIIA and assistant professor at Riga Stradiņš University. 

RSF2020 ep.IV: The EU’s Place in the World: Where is Europe Heading?: “Riga Security Forum 2020: Podcast sessions” continues with a conversation between: Dr. Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and Special Advisor to EU High Representative and Vice President of the Commission Josep Borrell. Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). The conversation is moderated by Dr. Edijs Bošs, Associate Fellow at LIIA, Associate Professor at Riga Stradiņš University, and journalist.