Publications Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Spring 2014

Andris Sprūds and Toms Rostoks, eds., Perceptions and Strategies of Arcticness in sub-Arctic Europe, Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014.

The notion of the Arcticness is on the rise and increasingly influences strategic considerations of global and regional actors. During the last few decades the interests of many international actors in the Arctic region have significantly increased. In the last decades Arctic countries have been active politically and institutionally. However, not only the Arctic countries are interested in the region. This research project intends to examine the developing perceptions and strategies of the Arcticness among the number of sub-Arctic countries as well as the EU role and stance in the Arctic region.

Kārlis Bukovskis, ed., The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis, Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014.

This collection of articles attempts to explain the political economy of the long and winding road of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and the four Visegrad countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) in facing economic and financial problems domestically and/or on the European level. The book includes contributions from all the abovementioned countries. The authors offer their ideas, explanations and projections on the future development of their respective countries based upon the lessons learned from the crisis. The book chronicles the economic environments and challenges and compares the political and social results of diverse macroeconomic choices that have been made in these seven European Union member states.
Authors: Aldis Austers, Karlis Bukovskis, Juraj Draxler, Brian Fabo, Vytautas Kuokštis, Michal Mudroň, Vitalis Nakrošis, Ryszard Petru, Zoltán Pogátsa, Michal Rot, Viljar Veebel, Ramūnas Vilpišauskas.

Aldis Austers, How Great is Latvia’s Success Story? The Economic, Social and Political Consequences of the Recent Financial Crisis in Latvia, Riga: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014.

Aldis Austers describes Latvia as a „a country of extreme contrasts. Twenty-two years of independence have brought periods of both high growth and deep slumps.” The aim of this paper is to look at the economic, social and political consequences of the recent financial crisis and the ensuing economic collapse in Latvia in 2008-2010, whether the crisis’s resolution has helped to create a basis for a sustainable economic growth, social cohesion, and political consolidation in Latvia.