Riga Security Forum 2020 podcast sessions gathered high-level international experts and policymakers to discuss and drive the security debate on the latest transatlantic cooperation and the most pressing global challenges that our region and international society face.
High-level discussion with the President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits: “The Digital Age. How to protect democratic values?” The conversation was chaired by Prof. Andris Sprūds, the director of the LIIA and Professor at Riga Stradiņš University.
High-level conversation with Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General of NATO: "Stepping into eight decade of NATO: What challenges await us?" The discussion was chaired by Imants Lieģis, Senior fellow at LIIA, former ambassador to France, Benelux, NATO, the EU Political and Security Committee, and the Kingdom of Spain, as well as former Latvian Defense Minister, and existing member of the Advisory Board for the European Leadership Network (ELN).
The conversation with Prof. Daniel S. Hamilton, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as well as Senior Fellow and Head of the Foreign Policy Institute’s “The United States, Europe, and World Order” Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, was led by Dr. Māris Andžāns, Senior Fellow at the LIIA and assistant professor at Riga Stradiņš University.
Conversation between Dr. Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and Special Advisor to EU High Representative and Vice President of the Commission Josep Borrell and Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Dr. Edijs Bošs, Associate Fellow at LIIA, Associate Professor at Riga Stradiņš University, and journalist, moderated the conversation.
During the 5th session, we discussed the internal and external development prospects of Belarus, the EU and NATO's role, Russia's interests, and impact on the transatlantic community. Panelists: Valdis Zatlers, President of the Republic of Latvia (2007 - 2011), Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State for Security, the Americas, Asia, and Eastern Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland, Arkady Moshes, The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Programme Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Moderator: Mārtiņš Vargulis, Researcher at LIIA.
During two discussions, we discussed NATO2030 common political agenda towards China, including probability, needs, risks, and benefits. For the first part of the discussion, we offer a conversation with Jing LONG, Deputy Director of the Center for European Studies of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. For the second part of the discussion, we offer a conversation with a historian and author, Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, U.S - Michael R. Auslin. Moderator: Dr. Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, political scientist and China scholar, Head of the LIIA Asia program.
During the 7th "Riga Security Forum 2020" podcast session, we discussed the role of climate change in international security. Discussion panelists: Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński, Undersecretary of State Ministry of Climate and Environment, Poland; Andris Kužnieks, Acting Head of the EC Representation in Latvia. Moderator: Reinis Āboltiņš, Energy experts, Researcher at the Riga Technical University (RTU).
In the era of globalization, today's societies and media are faced with multifarious challenges. We must increasingly be able to respond to interconnected and unrelated uncertainties. Discussion panelists: Tongdong Bai, Professor at School of Philosophy and Director at Chinese Philosophy and Culture Program, Fudan University, China. Roger A. Ritvo, Distinguished Professor at Auburn University Montgomery, USA. Moderator: Sintija Broka, Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs.
The Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, and Embassies of Poland and Canada in Latvia on September 13, 2019, held the Riga Security Forum 2019.
In various formats, participants discussed NATO’s achievements and challenges including the Baltic States in NATO, NATO-Russia relations, the concept for transatlantic security as well as emerging threats in a transnational environment.