Recent publications from Latvian Institute of International Affairs – Summer 2016


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”

Andrsi Spruds

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.

Andis Austers

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.

Andris Spruds II

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.