Day 2 (September 29th)

  • 09:00 - 10:00
    MORNING COFFEE: ARCTIC 

    Arctic is the only place on the Earth where the power is not completely divided and there still are ongoing discussions of how to use this part of our world. As there are six countries assumed to be the “Arctic countries”, everyone else in the world are entitled to use this land. Every countries interest in this region differs, but can the countries all over the world can find a consensus to save the Arctic ice from melting and in that way serve purpose of keeping the world secure from drastic climate change?  

  • 10:00 - 11:30
    THE WORLD ACCORDING TO RUSSIANS 

    Most Russians consider Joseph Stalin the “most outstanding person” in world history, surpassing even President Vladimir Putin who ranks second according to a Levada Center public opinion poll. The poll also suggested that famous Russians like Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gagarin or Mendeleev are considered less influential than these political leaders. Is it really the majority of Russians who believe this? In our analyses there is a tendency to conflate Putin’s Russia and Russia itself, the state and society, the political regime and its people. What ideology and values do Russian citizens believe in? Do their views overlap or contradict with those of political and business elites? How do Russians perceive the world? And why should the rest of the world care?

     

    Mr Vladimir Kara-Murza , Russian Opposition Politician 
    Mr Mikhail Fishman , Commentator at TV Rain, Russia 
    Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Founder of the Open Russia, United Kingdom
    Mr Andrei Kolesnikov , Senior Fellow and the Chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia 
     
    Moderator:  Mr Artemy Troitsky , Journalist, Russia 
     
  • 11:30 - 12:00
    COFFEE BREAK: RAIL BALTICA – WHAT IT OFFERS TO THE SECURITY IN THE REGION? 

    Rail Baltica is probably the most complex and investment-demanding transportation project undertaken by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. While very few would argue the necessity of integrated transportation system with the rest of the Europe, what does this project offer for the security of the region? 

  • 12:00 - 13:30
    GERMANY AT THE CENTRE OF A CHANGING EUROPE 

    American political retreat, the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and persisting European disunity have pushed Germany to take a leading role in the European Union. French president Emanuel Macron has an ambition to reform the Union. This can be done only by aligning the EU members, including Germany. A French-German motor has frequently been the driving force behind reform plans in the past. What role is Germany willing to play now? What are other European countries expecting from Germany given its strong economic position in the heart of Europe? 

     

    Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Director, German Council on Foreign Relations, Germany
    Dr. Artis Pabriks , Member of European Parliament 
    Ms Julianne Smith , Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, Germany 
    Mr Thomas Kleine – Brockhoff , former Advisor to the President of Germany, Vice President of the German Marshall Fund on the United States 
     
    Moderator: Mr Peter Sparding, Transatlantic Fellow, Europe Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States 
     
  • 13:30 - 15:00
    LUNCH BREAK: POST PRIVACY ERA: ARE YOU FOR SALE? 

    Social media is the part of our personal and professional life for good. There is no escape of modern technology and level it impacts our political behaviour or our choices as consumers is no longer a theory, but a fact. So is the level of manipulation to what we receive on our social media feed and why. Our digital self is a commodity sold and used for the needs of sometimes very limited elites. Our data on-line is owned and governed by algorithms and global corporations. What risks this bares for our future as citizens? Should there be more global regulation for the security of personal data including our “likes”, photos we post and choices we make while on-line shopping?

  • 15:00 - 16:30
    CHALLENGES IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION 

    For more than two decades The Baltic Sea Region was an example of the successful removal of mental and physical borders and the creation of cooperative networks among communities, businesses, and states. Since 2014 the region has been challenged by geopolitical shifts, fragmentation tendencies, and increased military activities. What is the image of the Baltic Sea Region in these turbulent times? How is the region perceived from the European and Transatlantic perspectives? Which countries are ”in-siders” and which are “out-siders” of the region? What role can regional organizations play in balancing diverse interests of the stakeholders? Can the Baltic Sea Region expand beyond its geographical borders, embracing countries interested in closer cooperation with regional players?

     

    Dr.  Zanda Kalniņa – Lukaševica , Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia 
    Amb. Ms Maira Mora , Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat 
    Dr. Pavel K. Baev , Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway
    Amb. Philip Reeker, U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy and Political Advisor
    Dr. Kęstutis Palauskas , Staff Officer at Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO 
     
    Moderator: Dr. Žaneta Ozoliņa , Vice Chairman of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia 
     
  • 16:30 - 17:00
    COFFEE BREAK: CAN EU KEEP UP WITH THE WORLD PACE 

    While former global leaders are pushed to the second row, European Union is facing its own tectonic power shifts. While dealing with Brexit, drafting of the next multiannual budget and dealing with other issues on the agenda, can EU keep its place in the world power thermometer and still be as competitive as ever?

  • 17:00 - 18:30
    DETERRENCE BY RESILIENCE – ARE DEMOCRACIES PROACTIVE ENOUGH IN PROTECTING WESTERN VALUES? 

    Russia is investing heavily in developing its military capabilities. At the same time, Kremlin-sponsored campaigns are trying to influence and undermine democratic processes by exploiting vulnerabilities of Western democratic societies. How can democracies respond to these challenges and protect themselves without sacrificing values of freedom of speech and expression? Do Western societies believe strongly enough in their value system and are they willing to protect it? How should democratic governments balance military and non-military means to ensure deterrence by resilience? 

     

    Mr Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Latvia 
    The Rt Hon Mr Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence, United Kingdom 
    Mr Juri Luik , Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia 
    Dr.  Michael Waller, Vice President, Center for Security Policy, United States
     
    Moderator: Prof. Dr Julian Lindley-French, Senior Fellow, Institute for Statecraft, London; Director of Europa Analytica, Netherlands; Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at National Defense University, Washington DC and Fellow at Canadian Global Affairs Institute 
     
     
    Concluding remarks: Mr Raimonds Bergmanis, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia 
     
     
  • 19:00 - 21:00GALA RECEPTION

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