Latest publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

p1Diāna Potjomkina, A More Geopolitical Eastern Partnership: U-Turn or “The Lady’s Not For Turning”? – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2015. – 19 p.

On November 18, a Joint Communication on the “Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy” was published by the European Commission and the EU’s High Representative. This is the result of the ambitious consultation process on this Policy launched on March 4, and an important next step in what hopefully will be much-awaited revitalization of the EU’s relations with its neighbours feeding into the European Global Strategy to be published in June 2016. Building on the Communication, results of the Riga Eastern Partnership summit and other documents, this paper seeks to answer if and what changes have been brought into EU’s relations with Latvia’s priority region in the European Neighbourhood Policy, that is Eastern Neighbours; and in particular, whether we can speak about geopolitics increasingly taking roots in the EU’s policy.

p2Riga Conference Papers 2015 “Towards Reassurance and Solidarity in the Euro-Atlantic Community” / Ed. by Andris Sprūds, Kārlis Bukovskis. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2015. – 194 p.

Riga Conference Papers 2015 “Towards Reassurance and Solidarity in the Euro-Atlantic Community” is a collection of analytical articles compiled by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) for The Riga Conference 2015. The authors of this publication seek to explain the turbulent and unstable environment in the European Neighbourhood and its effects on the European Union and Transatlantic security. The publication attempts to define the character of changes Europe has recently experienced and their impact on future policies. The publication is a result of a collective effort by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Latvian Transatlantic Organization. The opinions expressed here are solely of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs or its partner institutions.

p3Māris Andžāns (2015). Practical Aspects of the EU Presidencies: The Latvian Presidency and Its Digital Priority, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 16p.

This paper outlines some of the factors determining the power and influence of any presidency of the EU Council, with the primary aim of assisting the employees of future presidencies, in particular the chairs of the legislative Council working parties. It is based on observations and lessons learned by the author in preparing and conducting the Latvian Presidency of the Council. During the Latvian Presidency, the author chaired the Council Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society, covering telecommunications and internet governance issues (the most noticeable file was the so-called “Telecommunications Single Market” regulation proposal [European Commission 2013], covering the abolishment of retail mobile roaming surcharges and the establishment of open internet rules in the EU). Compared to other analyses of presidencies of the Council, this paper puts more emphasis on the practical aspects.

p4Uģis Romanovs, Mārtiņš Vērdiņš (2015). Russia’s Security Policy towards its Neighbours till 2020: Threats and Opportunities for Latvia, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Andris Sprūds (ed.), 51p. (Accessible in Latvian)

The aim of this study is to predict and analyse the possible consequences and impact of Russia’s national priority and security policy implementation on Latvia’s military security. By analysing Russia’s national security strategy until 2020, the first part deals with identifying the main security policy directions and implementation methods. Later on, the study summarizes the objectives and achievements of Russian military reforms. The second part of the study analyses the Russian military conduct of war techniques by taking into account Russian-Georgian war experience and the recent events in Crimea. Furthermore, Russia’s ‘Arctic ambitions’ are taken into consideration and its potential impact on Latvia’s military security. The study concludes with suggestions and recommendations for the Latvian national defence and security concept improvements.

p5Andris Sprūds (ed.) (2015). Riga Dialogue: Towards a Shared Security Environment. Afterthoughts from the Riga Security Seminar 2015, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 102p.

This publication contains opinion pieces by leading security experts on Trans-Atlantic, pan-European and regional developments. The publication also includes a summary of “Riga Security Seminar 2015: Upholding European Security under New Circumstances”, which took place in Riga, Latvia, April 9th–10th, 2015. The annual high-level venue and following Afterthoughts has been organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the European Leadership Network.

Authors: Steven Andreasen, Łukasz Kulesa, Merle Maigre, Uģis Romanovs, Anke Schmidt Felzmann, Andris Sprūds, Margarita Šešelgytė, Elizabete Vizgunova, Karsten D. Voigt, Igor Yurgens.