• The Rīga Conference 2014

    The ninth annual Riga Conference will convene on September 12-13 in the National Library of Latvia

  • The Rīga Conference 2014

    The Rīga Conference is a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers

The Rīga Conference 2014

September 12-13, 2014

The Rīga Conference has taken pride in itself as the meeting place of local and global elites since its inception in 2006. In the past, we have been honored with the presence of countless heads of state, heads of government, ministers, NATO and EU officials, and ambassadors – from all around the world. In addition to the extensive list of speakers, 200 participants attend the conference every year, listening to and interacting with the high level policy makers. Over the course of the last 8 years, The Rīga Conference has built...

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What is the Strategic Outlook of the EU?

What is the EU strategic outlook in a changing global order when the West is looking at the rest for new trends? Has the ongoing discussion on the EU’s global strategy generated some ideas which should be taken on board? Is the EU sufficiently responsive to emerging challenges? What are the current challenges that have not been addressed and how should we address them? What can we say about the strategic vision of Europe and which geostrategic partnerships must the EU be developing in the years to come? NATO is implementing a new Strategic Concept, and what is the EU doing?

Is Europe Still a Player in Global Economy?

Given a still gloomy economic picture, unemployment exceeding 15 % in a number of EU countries, an unbalanced fiscal system risking further hardship and austerity, and demographic challenges combined with a lack of political solidarity, we must intensify consideration of Europe’s effort to ensure global competitiveness. The EU lacks a strategic outlook and has failed to define its interests leaving it vulnerable and poorly disposed to address a financial crisis in both the shorter and longer terms.  What concrete measures should be taken to remedy this situation?