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


Public debate on “(Not so) Soft Power? How Russia and the EU Influence the Neighborhood”
10 October 2014

The concept of “soft power” has been widely used and abused, often without a clear conceptual definition. This public discussion on 10 October 2014 took place in the framework of a project run by the LIIA, which aims to shed more light on the issue, providing an impartial analysis, conceptual (re)definition and recommendations to policy-makers. The discussion had a particular focus on Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and the Baltic States. Some of these countries are striving to join the EU, some are already members, but to some extent both groups are still “grey areas” subject also to Russian influence. The event featured speakers from Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. names?

More information can be found here.

Workshop on “Mass Media – Competing for People’s Hearts and Minds in Russia’s Neighborhood”
12 September 2014

On 12 September, LIIA co-organized a workshop “Mass Media – Competing for People’s Hearts and Minds in Russia’s Neighborhood”, which was held under the Chatham House Rule. The event gathered prominent experts from Russia, the European Union and the Eastern Neighborhood.