ENURC project: Joint publication from TEPSA, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

“DileENURCmmas of Europeanisation: Political Choices and Economic Transformations in the Eastern Partnership Countries”, Ed. by Aldis Austers, Ilvija Bruge, Andris Spruds.  . Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016.

This book provides theoretical and practical insights of the Europeanisation transformations taking place in the Eastern Partnership countries and discusses how the economic ties between the EU and the partners affect these transformations. This collection of articles is authored by a group of international scholars and offers a first-hand account into the experiences of the six Eastern Partners. The subjects include adaptability and challenges of the EU’s external governance in a tense geopolitical environment, effectiveness of the Association Agreements and newly proposed Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, analysis of specific country situations and a comparison of the partners’ potential for consistent Europeanisation.

The publication is part of TEPSA’s project “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: close links with EU citizens – ENURC”.

Recent publications from Latvian Institute of International Affairs – Summer 2016

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Ed. by Andris Spruds, Diana Potjomkina. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2016

“Latvia and the United States: Revisiting a Strategic Partnership in a Transforming Environment”

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This is a book about building bridges and strengthening the partnership between Latvia and the United States. The publication Latvia and the United States: Revisiting the Strategic Partnership in a Transforming Environment continues the tradition of a thorough and regular re-assessment of bilateral engagement between the two nations. The publication starts with an analysis of relations in a wider historical and regional context and further deals with security and defence matters and cooperation; economic cooperation; as well as trajectories of people-to-people diplomacy and the important role of Latvian diaspora in the United States. A team of prominent Latvian and US experts contribute their assessment of the last several years in Latvian-US relations and present recommendations for the future.

Ed. by Aldis Austers, Ilvija Bruge, Andris Spruds.  “Dilemmas of Europeanisation: Political Choices and Economic Transformations in the Eastern Partnership Countries”. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016.

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This book provides theoretical and practical insights of the Europeanisation transformations taking place in the Eastern Partnership countries and discusses how the economic ties between the EU and the partners affect these transformations. This collection of articles is authored by a group of international scholars and offers a first-hand account into the experiences of the six Eastern Partners. The subjects include adaptability and challenges of the EU’s external governance in a tense geopolitical environment, effectiveness of the Association Agreements and newly proposed Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, analysis of specific country situations and a comparison of the partners’ potential for consistent Europeanisation.

Ed. by Andris Sprūds, Diāna Potjomkina.“Riga Dialogue Afterthoughts 2016: Building Bridges for Euro-Atlantic Security”. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016.

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This is a follow-up publication to the annual Riga Dialogue conference that endeavours to reflect the recognisable diversity of perceptions and interests among a variety of stakeholders in the Euro-Atlantic area, and offer insights for increasing mutual trust and outlining common efforts. This year’s Afterthoughts continue the tradition of providing these insights by leading international experts on Euro-Atlantic and regional security developments, as well as challenges and opportunities for the dialogue. The Afterthoughts also include the summary of opinions and ideas debated during the Riga Dialogue Conference that took place in Riga, in May 2016.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Summer 2016

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Public lecture by Dr. Daniel Hamilton: “The State of Transatlantic Relations and the Possible Impact of US Presidential Elections”, September 22, from 13:00-14:30 at the Stockholm School of Economics (Strēlnieku street 4A, Riga), Soros Auditorium.

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US foreign policy is about to witness a significant change as President Obama’s term expires in the late fall this year. The arrival of a newly elected President will most probably have a considerable impact on US attitude towards Transatlantic cooperation both in economic and security matters, with the latter being particularly important for the Baltic States. Through this lecture, Dr. Hamilton will focus on chances of the candidates and implications of their victories for Transatlantic and European economic and security agenda. Having a particularly rich background in the academic writings with a focus on Transatlantic relations, he will address possible change of the place of the Baltics in particular and the EU in general on the US security agenda too.

The video of the event is available on our YouTube channel

Public discussion: “Interconnecting Baltic Sea Region”, September 30, Riga, Latvia

Public discussion: “From Wales to Warsaw: NATO – Back to the Origins?”, June 16, Riga, Latvia.

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The aim was to assess the progress reached since the NATO summit in Wales and expectations from the upcoming Warsaw summit.

YouTube videos available here.

Public discussion: Eastern Neighbourhood: Where To? and presentation of the newest publication: “Dilemmas of Europeanisation: Political Choices and Economic Transformations in the Eastern Partnership Countries”, August  25, Riga, Latvia.

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Read online about it here.

Public discussion based on the latest findings of the “Nations in Transit 2016” survey – “Democracy in the Baltic States: Achievements and Unused Opportunities”, September 8, 2016, Riga, Latvia

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The year 2015 was characterized by contradictory trends in Latvia. While democracy further consolidated in the country, illiberal strands appeared in the domestic political discourse, and an ideological struggle over so-called traditional values became more visible. Also two major foreign policy developments had an outsized influence on domestic politics in 2015: the Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of the year and the European migrant and refugee crisis in the second half. How all these issues affected Latvia’s and Baltics averaged scores as a whole. No doubt that nowadays the Baltic States have become as eastern border of Western democracy, but how the society sees the situation?

Public discussion “The West and Russia: Bridges or Walls?” and presentation of our latest publication, “Riga Dialogue Afterthoughts 2016: Building Bridges for Euro-Atlantic Security”, September 14, Riga, Latvia.

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What is the future of Russia-West relations in the light of the Warsaw Summit and other recent developments? Can we speak about any forms of dialogue, or we can only build walls in the foreseeable future? What is needed to manage confrontation and to rebuild trust? These are just some of the questions that directly concern the broader Euro-Atlantic community including Latvia.

YouTube video are available here.

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Regional discussion with members of all factions of the Saeima (Parliament of the Republic of Latvia): “Security policies Latvia”. September 16, Liepaja city, Latvia.

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Upcoming events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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Presentation of newest publication: “Euroscepticism”, October 7, Astor Riga Hotel, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulv.10, Riga, Latvia.

Regional discussion with members of all factions of the Saeima (Parliament of the Republic of Latvia): “US Elections and Implications for Latvia”, October 14, Daugavpils city, Latvia.

Presentation of newest publication followed by a public discussion about possible Latvian national budget amendments. October 14, Riga Latvia.

Presentation of Riga Conference Papers publication . October 28 – 29, Riga, Latvia.

Peoples Republic of China think tanks Conference. November 5, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, K.Valdemāra street 3, Riga, Latvia from 10am.

Presentation of the first volume of the “Latvian Foreign Policy Centenary: Review and Prospects”: “Personalities.                              November 17, Riga, Latvia.

Presentation of our newest publication followed by public discussion: “Baltic Sea region security”. November 27 – 30.  Riga, Latvia

Recent publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Spring/summer 2016

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Latvia and the United States: Revisiting a Strategic Partnership in a Transforming Environment, Ed. by Andris Sprūds, Diāna Potjomkina, Rīga: LIIA, 2016

liia1This is a book about building bridges and strengthening the partnership between Latvia and the United States. The publication Latvia and the United States: Revisiting the Strategic Partnership in a Transforming Environment continues the tradition of a thorough and regular re-assessment of bilateral engagement between the two nations. The publication starts with an analysis of relations in a wider historical and regional context and further deals with security and defence matters and cooperation; economic cooperation; as well as trajectories of people-to-people diplomacy and the important role of Latvian diaspora in the United States. A team of prominent Latvian and US experts contribute their assessment of the last several years in Latvian-US relations and present recommendations for the future.
This book is published by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with SJSC Latvian Railway, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the United States of America and SIA Pata AB, the European Crabbing Association, and the American Latvian Association.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Recent publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Spring 2016

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Gunta Pastore, Leadership through the European Union Council Presidency:  Latvia and Central Asia – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2016. – 18 p.

LIIA publication1This report offers additional insights into how small states punch above their weight in the European Union (EU) through the Council presidency. It draws lessons from the Latvian presidency during the first half of 2015. Specifically, it analyses how Latvia pursued Central Asia as the presidency’s priority. Findings show that as the office holder, Latvia achieved its goals. Its leadership in the EU Central Asia dossier was visible. Latvia pushed for an updating of the EU Central Asia Strategy, moving towards a more strategic and goal-oriented Union approach, and promoted the EU practical engagement in the region. Latvia’s success was made possible by its close cooperation with EU institutions, using like-minded coalition with Member States, and by persuasive advocacy in Central Asia. Findings show that despite the strengthened role of EU institutions in the post-Lisbon external action system, the Council presidency remains an important source of power for small Member States to exert influence within the EU.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Winter 2015/16

LIIAInternational High Level Conference “The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency”
15 February, 2016

On 15 February an international high level conference “The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency” took place at the Latvian Parliament (Saeima). The event was organised by LIIA and supported by Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia.

The aim of the conference was to provide an expert assessment and a discussion about the current political, economic and security challenges of the European Union, as well as the opportunities Latvia and the organization as a whole has. Concerns over economic problems of the European Union have been replaced by discussions about the refugee crisis, border security, Brexit, rise of political radicalism in the EU member states, as well as the future global role of the EU. During the three afternoon breakout sessions the participants discussed in greater detail the situation in the EU Neighbourhood, economic aspects of the Single Digital Market and the potential of the EU Energy Union.

The conference gathered high-level policy makers, among them Valdis Dombrovskis (Vice-President of the European Commission), Jan Vapaavuori (Vice-President of the European Investment Bank) Members of the European Parliament and Saeima, the representatives of the European Commission, and distinguished experts from the EU, including Latvia.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Autumn 2015

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“Security in the Heart of Asia” Central Asia- NATO partnership: Challenges and Opportunities”
23 November 2015

111The discussion on contemporary security challenges in Central- Asia was opened with a keynote speeches by Lolita Čigāne, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament; Latvia and Igors Apokins, Ambassador- at- large; Latvia. The speakers were featured from the EU and Central- Asian states and consisted of Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP University: Kazakhstan), Nazokat Kasymova (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies/ UN Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central- Asia; Uzbekistan), Neil John Melvin (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute; Sweden), Józef Lang (Centre for Eastern Studies, Poland) and Māris Andžāns (Resarch Fellow in the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), and was moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).2222

The topics covered included the stability of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO forces, radicalization of the society and terrorism, organised crime and drug trafficking, border management. The event was organised with the support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

More information and pictures can be found here.

ENURC event: “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia”
22 October 2015

The public discussion was aimed at providing an expert assessment, and discussing with the society how the EU and Russia affect the economic situation in the Eastern Partnership states and assessing the social and political implications of this influence. The goal was to identify the available legal and strategic tools that could be applied by the2 EU in order to more substantially impact policies of the Eastern Neighbourhood states.

The discussion was set in two panels. One of them focused on the European Union and its aims and influence in the Eastern Neighbourhood, however the other touched upon economic aspirations and external influences from the perspective of the Eastern Neighbourhood states.

Experts from the EU and the Eastern Partnership states were featured:  Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Juris Poikāns, Latvian Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership, David Cadier (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), Guillaume Van der Loo (Centre for European Policy Studies, Ghent European Law Institute, Belgium), Aldis Austers (LIIA, Latvia), Gunilla Herolf (Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences), Cornel1 Ciurea (Institute for Development and Social Initiatives “Viitorul”, Moldova), Stepan Grigoryan (Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, Armenia), andAndrei Yeliseyeu (Belarussian Institute for Strategic Studies).

The event was part of the TEPSA project “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens – ENURC and was organised with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, and The Black Sea Trust, a project of the GMF.

“Preventing Nuclear War in Northern Europe”
20 October 2015

In the roundtable discussion, organised in a close cooperation with the Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies at the Swedish Defence University and the Stimson Center (USA), participants discussed two nuclear war scenarios in the Baltic region and their prevention possibilities. The discussion also focused on the option to establish a Baltic Nuclear Weapons Free zone and its realistic viability.

The event featured experts from the United States, Latvia and the Northern Europe: Lars Hedström (Executive Director, Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies), Ulrika Kumlien (Research Assistant, Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies), Barry Blechman (Co-founder, Stimson Center), Ira Lechner (Founder, Project High Hopes), Jānis Kažociņš (State Secretary’s Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia), Veiko Spolītis (Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and others).

The roundtable was moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Winter 2014/15

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Public discussion on “Latvian Foreign, Security and External Economic Policy in 2014-2015: Review and a Look Forward”
20 January 2015, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 20 January, two days before the annual foreign policy debates in the Latvian Parliament, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organized a public discussion “Latvian Foreign, Security and External Economic Policy in 2014-2015: Review and a Look Forward”. It featured Andris Sprūds (LIIA) as the moderator; an address by Werner Rechmann (FES); a comment by Jānis Kažociņš (MFA / MoD); and Kārlis Bukovskis, Diāna Potjomkina and Viljar Veebel (LIIA) as speakers. The event gave an overview of Latvia’s foreign policy in 2014 and an independent outlook for the year 2015. During the discussion, the latest LIIA publications – “Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2015” and “Economic Diplomacy of the Baltic States” – were also presented.

Here you can find more information and the video of the conference.

http://liia.lv/en/news/jan-20-latvian-foreign-security-and-external-econo/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qsvLG83m1g

Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”
4 December 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

On 4 December, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with crucial support from its partners organized the Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”. It was one of the first official presidency events. The topics of the conference included EU’s social and economic developments, EU’s role in the world, relations with the Eastern Partnership countries and the Central Asia region, as well as energy policy and the Single Digital Market. The conference brought together more than 40 prominent EU researchers and experts and approx. 120 listeners.

The conference was made possible by the partners – TEPSA and THESEUS – and by the organizations that provided essential support, namely the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the European Commission representation in Latvia, the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia, and the Latvian EU Presidency.

The Final Report of the Conference is available here.

Additional resources:
Traditional TEPSA Recommendations were presented at the event, which together with the Background Paper on the Latvian Presidency are available here.
The programme of the conference is available here.
The address by Valdis Dombrovskis is available here.

Videos:
Opening and the First Panel “Citizens’s Concerns in a Stronger EU”
Second Panel “Towards the Common Voice in the International Arena”
Third Panel “Towards the Riga Summit: Eastern Partnership as a Community of Values or Interests?”

Autumn 2013 Events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga

Logo LatviaPublic discussion “Interaction of European and Belarusian economic models: risks, opportunities, limitations”, 30 September 2013, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Latvia.

Public discussion on the Eastern Partnership, 9 October 2013, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga. in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

Discussion and publication on the “Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond, provisionally November 2013, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga, with support of NATO and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

For further information on the events please follow the news on www.liia.lv or refer to liia©liia•lv  (liia©liia•lv)  .

German-Baltic Strategy Talks 2013 in Riga, 16-17 May 2013

Logo LatviaOn May 16-17, 2013, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized the German-Baltic Strategy Talks 2013. Prominent experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, and also from Hungary and Poland, took part in the event that this year came under a subtitle “Overcoming the Eurocrisis: Baltic-German Strategic Engagement”.

The German-Baltic Strategy Talks 2013 were devoted to research and debates on the changes that are caused by problems and shifts within the Eurozone, the European Union and global politics. Germany is one the leading countries in the EU and aspiring European champions in economic and political achievements; the Baltic States form an important part of the functioning the Baltic region. Are the Baltic States a new natural partner for Germany, and what is the place of the Baltics in the emerging re-shaped European Union? Can one identify Europe’s future in the context of the MFF 2014-2020 talks and the sovereign debt crisis? Is there in Europe a political and economic alliance that is sustainable without the securitizing presence of the US? Can we perceive the EU’s relations with the CIS countries without the European Neighbourhood Policy? While answering these questions, new issues for future debate were posed at the event.

Blog entries of LIIA’s experts

Deputy Director of the LIIA Kārlis Bukovskis in his blog entry endeavors to answer questions pertaining to David Cameron’s speech on the British future in the EU: Is David Cameron “the next Charles de Gaulle”? Will he push the EU to the edge of a new “Empty Chair Crisis”?

LIIA Associate Fellow Ilvija Bruģe in her blog entry “About the flags” analyzes ongoing tensions between the Irish (catholic and republican) and the British (protestant and loyalist) in Northern Ireland.

LIIA Fellow Raimonds Rublovskis has made a number of contributions pertaining to the defense industry, institutional challenges and wider security issues with his four blog entries: NATO Challenges in Post-Chicago Security EnvironmentInstitutional Challenges of Latvian National Armed Forces, Future Challenges for European Members of NATO and Impact on the Transatlantic Link in the post-Chicago Security Environment, Challenges for Russia in Current Global Security Environment. Implications for the Baltic States.

LIIA Associate Fellow Tjaco Van den Hout in his blog entry – An Example Worthy of Consideration – provides an assessment of the territorial and maritime dispute between Croatia and Slovenia. In his second analysis, Tjaco Van den Hout argues that without freedom of expression the other basic human rights are more easily violated and impunity reigns.

LIIA Fellow Diāna Potjomkina over the last month has continued to provide analysis on various EU topics. In her first blog entry Diāna evaluates negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In her second blog entry she outlines the provisional outcomes of the EU multiannual budget negotiations for Latvia – a publication originally prepared for the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Bulletin on European and CIS Studies. EU Budget 2014 – 2020: Views from across Europe after 7-8 February 2013.

LIIA Associate Fellow Imants Liegis, who has taken up his duties as Latvia’s Ambassador to Hungary in September 2012 shared his reflections on the Visegrad Cooperation.

The LIIA’s Associate Fellow Māris Andžāns has evaluated the first cybersecurity strategy of the EU – “Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace” – and its implications for Latvia. Please find the blog entry here.

LIIA’s Activities

Logo LatviaLIIA Fellows and Associate Fellows participated in a number of international events over the last months and expressed their views in the mass media. Information about these activities is available in the LIIA’s home page section News.

LIIA has been joined by a new Research Fellow, PhD Cand. Mārtiņš Daugulis, whose main focus is European integration and developments. You can find Mārtiņš’s full profile here: http://ej.uz/kwau

On November 30, 2012 Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) in cooperation with the Centre for East European Policy Studies (CEEPS) presented jointly conducted research “The Economic Presence of Russia and Belarus in the Baltic States: Risks and Opportunities”. We are pleased to inform you that video from the book’s presentation is already available in our web site.

Newsest publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, edited by Andris Spruds

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1) Andris Spruds (ed.). The Economic Presence of Russia and Belarus in the Baltic States: Risks and Opportunities. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Centre for East European Policy Studies, Soros Foundation-Latvia, 2012, freely available at http://liia.lv/site/docs/The_Economic_Presence_for_WEB_atverums_2.1.pdf

2) Andris Spruds (ed.). Friendship in the Making: Transforming Relations between Germany and the Baltic-Visegrad Countries. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012, freely available at http://liia.lv/site/docs/Friendship-in-the-Making-final.pdf

3) Andris Spruds (ed.). The Rīga Conference Papers 2012. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012, freely available at http://liia.lv/site/docs/The_Riga_Conference_Papers_20121.pdf

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Autumn 2014

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Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference on “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”
4-5 December 2014, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 4-5 December 2014, LIIA organized the conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability” in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the THESEUS Project, with generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the European Commission Representation in Latvia. This has been recognized as an official event of the Latvian EU Presidency and is also supported by the Presidency. Please find the provisional programme here.

Semi-formal debate on “From the Baltic Revolution to the Cultural Capital of Europe: An American Reflects on Returning to Riga”
24 November 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On November 24 at 17.00, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs hosted a debate “From the Baltic Revolution to the Cultural Capital of Europe: An American Reflects on Returning to Riga”, featuring Douglas Wake. Douglas Wake is a former American diplomat, international civil servant and educator with extensive experience in Latvia and neighboring countries including Russia and much of Europe and Eurasia. He has been visiting Riga periodically since 1988 and served at the American Embassy on Raina Bulvaris from 1994 to 1997. Doug is now spending three months as a Visiting Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs here in Riga. He shared his personal impressions of some regional security, political and economic developments in Latvia and the broader region over the past quarter century; he looked forward to an exchange of views about current challenges and prospects for Latvia’s future in a dynamic international environment.  

International discussion on “Energy (In)Security: Ways Forward for the Europe and the Baltic States”
13 November 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On November 13 at 15:00, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Lithuania) organized a public discussion “Ways Forward for the Baltic / European Energy Security”. The escalating Ukrainian crisis has moved European energy security higher up on the agenda, and for Latvia, its upcoming EU presidency adds extra importance to this traditionally topical issue. This event aimed at providing the latest information and analysis about energy security in Latvia, Baltic Sea Region and the European Union, as well as discussing different alternatives for further action, including the brand new Connecting Europe Facility, cooperation with the US et cetera. Particular attention was paid to the gas policies. The debate featured Krišjānis Kariņš (Member of the European Parliament, Latvia), Alan Riley (Professor of Law at City Law School, specializing in energy law, United Kingdom), Ruben Vermeeren (Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENERGY), Mikhail Krutikhin (Partner, RusEnergy, Russia) and Juozas Augutis (Energy Security Research Centre, Lithuania). Web stream available here.

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Debate on “Debriefing the Wales NATO Summit: Way Forward for NATO’s Eurasian Partnerships”, 8 September 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 8 September, LIIA hosted the debate “Debriefing the Wales NATO Summit: Way Forward for NATO’s Eurasian Partnerships”, with the support of NATO. It was dedicated to the results of the Wales NATO summit, with a particular focus on the Alliance’s Eurasian partnerships (Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Baltic Sea Region, etc.). Andris Spruds (Director, LIIA), Edgars Rinkevics (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia) and Janis Sarts (State Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Latvia) delivered introductory remarks. Panel speakers included Guna Snore (Program Officer, NATO Public Diplomacy Division), Eka Tkeshelashvili (President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies), Leonid Polyakov (Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies “New Ukraine”; former Deputy Minister of Defence, Ukraine), Sergey Oznobishchev (Director, Institute for Strategic Assessments, Russia), Robert Nurick (Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council of the United States, the US; Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs) and Doug Wake (Visiting Fellow, LIIA, the USA).
Check the conference video and photos.

News from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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The Latvian Institute of International Affairs is continuing to work on the book “The Economic Presence of the European Union in the Eastern Partnership States: Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.” The publication is expected to take place in July/August.

Foreign Policy debate in the conversation festival “LAMPA”, 2 July 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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The Latvian Institute of International Affairs will hold a foreign policy debate in the conversation festival “LAMPA”, which will take place in Cēsis on 1-2 July. Venue and time: July 2, the stage “Uzzibsnī”, 12:00-13:45.

Presentation “ Riga Dialogues Afterthoughts”, 14 September 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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14 September 14, 11:00
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Presentation of the Riga Dialogues Afterthoughts, a collection of articles published as a result of the “Riga Dialogue 2016: Building Bridges for Euro – Atlantic Security”. It will include contributions on security challenges faced by the Euroatlantic community and possible ways forward. For more information on these and other events, please follow www.liia.lv or LIIA’s Twitter & Facebook.

Past Events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Summer 2014

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Conference on “National and International Security After the Occupation of Crimea”, 29 August 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 29 August, LIIA in cooperation with the Chair of OSCE PA Latvian Delegation Vineta Porina organized the conference “National and International Security After the Occupation of Crimea”, supported by the European Commission. Introduction speeches were delivered by Andris Spruds (Director of LIIA), Vineta Porina (Chair of OSCE PA Latvian delegation), Janis Sarts (State Secretary of Latvian Ministry of Defence), Zbignevs Stankevics (Archbishop of Roman Catholic Church), Jaromir Stetina, MEP, Czech Republic. Panel discussion “Security, Values and the Lessons of Ukraine Crisis” featured professors of the University of Latvia Leons Taivans, Juris Bojars, Zaneta Ozolina and Toms Rostoks, as well as Guntis Kalme (Docent at Luther Academy), Janis Berzins (Executive Director of Centre for Security and Strategic Research at National Defence Academy of Latvia).

More information can be found here.

Public debate on “A Multi-Multipolar World? Contested Leadership in International Relations”, 26 August 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 26 August, LIIA hosted the public debate “A Multi-Multipolar World? Contested Leadership in International Relations” with Dr. Daniel Flemes (GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies and State University of Rio de Janeiro). While new powers like Brazil, India and China gained increasing acceptance at the global level, they often face regional contestation. Secondary powers like Argentina, Pakistan and Japan are key players because of their relative power and their potential for extra-regional alliance-building. The strategic options of regional secondary powers depend on varying structural and domestic drivers of contestation. The conflicts over the assertion of regional leadership will impact the future world order.

More information can be found here.

“Reassuring the Baltics: Strategies, Tactics, Own Capabilities and NATO’s Role”
1 July 2014

This public discussion was organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with support of NATO and features experts from Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and NATO. The video recording will be available on our Youtube (Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

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EU House: European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020: Opportunities, Challenges and Synergies for a Strong Partnership
17 June 2014

The Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with the support of the European Commission Representation in Latvia and the Embassies of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine organize a seminar on the new European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020 with participation of Latvian, Swedish and Polish Ambassadors at Large for the Eastern Partnership and experts from Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia and the European External Action Service.

The video recording is available here.

Seminar on EU’s funding instruments for the European Neighbourhood, 17 June 2014, LIIA, Riga 

Latvian Institute of International Affairs and numerous partners organized an international seminar on EU’s funding instruments for the European Neighbourhood, which took place on June 17 in Riga.

ENURC event: “The Economic influence of the EU and Russia on the Eastern Partnership States”, 22 October 2015

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The third event organised within the framework of the ENURC project is an event in Riga, Latvia on the economic influence of both the EU and Russia on the Eastern Partnership states. The event combined an expert meeting on 21 October 2015 and a public discussion with a wide audience on 22 October 2015. This combination ensured a very high level of expertise and state of the art among the speakers, which was of great interest to the general audience attending the public sessiliia1on.

 The expert meeting was an exchange of views on evaluating the economic presence of Russia and the EU in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The meeting had as aim to develop a concept for a book on Eastern Partnership focusing on the impact of the Deep and Comliia2prehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) or their prospect, in all six Eastern Partnership countries.

The public discussion focused on “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia”.
Here experts from the region in question and several EU member states presented and discussed this topic from their diverse (national) standpoints.

The exchanliia3ge of views among experts gathered 11 experts from Latvia, France, Sweden, Belgium and ENP countries Moldova, Armenia and Belarus. The public event gathered over 100 policy makers, diplomats, academics, students, civil society representatives and not-organised citizens. 81 signatures of participants were collected, hence the total number of 81 participants included in the reporting of the project.

There was a majority of the participants coming from Latvia itself, but they had the opportunity to interact with citizens from Italy, Sweden, Finland, Germany, all six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), Norway, Canada, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Japan.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here.

More information about this event can be found on the LIIA website.

Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute: the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga, Latvia

TLogo Latviahe Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) was established in 1992 as a non-profit foundation charged with the task of providing Latvia’s decision-makers, experts, and the wider public with analysis, recommendations, and information about international developments, regional security issues, and foreign policy. It is the oldest and one of the most well-known and internationally recognized Latvian think tanks, and is especially notable as the leading think tank that specializes in international affairs.

The LIIA’s main activities include conducting research, publishing books and working papers, and providing regular opinions on the latest international issues. The Institute organizes lectures, seminars and conferences related to international affairs. It cooperates with government institutions to provide up-to-date independent analysis on global political matters. The LIIA’s fellows regularly take part in national and international conferences, provide academic courses and guest lectures to university students, and contribute to media reports.

The Institute has recently been focusing on research themes such as:

  • Latvian foreign policy;
  • Transatlantic relations;
  • European Union policies, including its neighborhood policy and Eastern Partnership;
  • Institutional affairs and the political economy of the European Union;
  • Multilateral and bilateral relations with Russia.

The LIIA has also devoted thorough attention to various aspects of energy security and policies, such as EU energy policy, EU-Russia energy dialogue, national and regional (Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic Sea region, the post-Soviet space) energy interaction, and regional relations. Over the past two decades the LIIA has published over 60 books and reports and contributed to an even greater number of analyses produced by partner institutions. All of the publications are available for download here: http://liia.lv/en/publications/.

The LIIA currently unites almost 20 researchers and associate fellows and continues expanding. The analysts are based in different parts of the world, with wide academic and practical expertise not only on the abovementioned issues but also in such spheres as civil society, international economic issues, international security, civil-military cooperation, legal issues, and more. You can find the full list of LIIA fellows here: http://liia.lv/en/fellows/. The Institute also welcomes guest contributions on important and relevant topics from political and academic spheres.

Since its establishment 20 years ago, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs has cooperated with a number of institutions that have provided scholarly, financial and technical support for various projects implemented by the Institute. Among these are the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, the Latvian Transatlantic Organization, the Centre for East European Policy Studies, the Soros Foundation – Latvia, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Embassy of Norway in Latvia, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Similarly, the LIIA has actively engaged itself with its counterparts in Europe and worldwide within various international scientific frameworks, most notably TEPSA.

After acquiring a basic operating grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and adopting a more proactive development strategy, the LIIA is currently intensifying its activities. Our Institute is interested in a variety of international partnerships and joint projects; it welcomes, upon mutual agreement, visiting lectures, interns, and guest opinions. For more information on the LIIA, our publications and latest analyses, please visit our website: http://liia.lv/. You are also welcome to contact us at liia©liia•lv  (liia©liia•lv)  .

A new book and experts’ panel discussion “EU’s economic presence and Europeanisation in the Eastern Partnership countries”, 25 August 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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25 August, 15:00-17:00
Astor Riga Hotel (Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 10)

LIIA will present a new book on the EU’s economic presence and Europeanisation in the Eastern Partnership countries and hold an experts’ panel discussion. The book will provide theoretical and practical insights on the Europeanisation transformations taking place in the Eastern Partnership countries and how the economic ties between the EU and the partners affects these transformations. The book will consist of a collection of articles written by a group of international and local scholars and the subject matters considered will include the adaptability and challenges of EU’s external governance in a tense geopolitical environment, the effectiveness of the Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, analysis of specific country situations and a comparison of the partners’ potential for a consistent Europeanisation.

Latvian Institute of International Affairs joined the European Global Strategy process!

Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) has become an associate institute of the European Global Strategy process (http://www.europeanglobalstrategy.eu/). The process is intended to foster discussions and offer visions on the future direction of EU’s external relations, using such methods as a series of workshops and conferences, and an ongoing online debate. The process is led by a think tank from each of the initiating countries – namely, Sweden, Spain, Poland and Italy – and unites high-level associated partners from all around Europe. LIIA will contribute to the debate with the opinions of its fellows and associate fellows.

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