Day 2 (October 12th)
- 10:00 - 11:30MORNING SESSION: RUSSIA AND THE WEST - MANAGING CRISES
In our relations with Russia it appears we are sliding from one crisis into another. It seems the Kremlin will maintain its current foreign policy objectives for the foreseeable future. How can we manage relations between the West and Russia in a way that avoids passing a point of no return, and leaves a door open for possible reconciliation?
Dr Lilia Shevtsova, Associate Fellow of Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Amb. Alexander Vershbow, Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council
Mr Keir Giles, Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre
Mr Valeriy Solovej, Russian Historian
Mr Christian Schmidt, Member of the German Bundestag, Federal Minister (ret.), President of the German Atlantic Association
- 11:30 - 12:00COFFEE BREAK: “IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY!” CRISIS MANAGEMENT APPROACHESCrisis management is a crucial part of a resilient and capable society. However, with the rapid development of different disruption types, there are of crisis management have become as intricate as the hybrid and conventional threats. Therefore, what are the technicalities of approaches in crisis management scenarios and how can achieve a successful emergency and crisis response?
Mr Jānis Kažociņš, National Security Adviser, Chancery of the President
Ms Ruta Siliņa, Head of the Department of communication and international cooperation, The Ombudsman’s Office
Moderator: Edward Lucas, Senior Vice-President, Center for European Policy Analysis
- 12:00 - 13:30PLENARY SESSION: ELITES LOSING THEIR ELECTORATE?
National elections in Western and Eastern Europe show growing support for FN, AfD and similar new populist parties. Political elites who for a long time led the European integration project, the EU accession process, and immigration policy are losing their grassroots supporters. Increasingly elite parties are distrusted in countries like Germany, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine among others. How will this development influence European policy in general? How will EU institutions like the European Parliament, European Council or Commission be affected? Will Europe become inward looking and mercantilist to appease the dissatisfaction amplified by new populist parties?
Dr Vaira Vīķe - Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid, former President of the Republic of Latvia
Dr Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Riksdag
Mr Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former Prime Minister of Ukraine
Dr Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Dr Vita Matiss, Visiting Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia
- 13:30 - 15:00COFFEE BREAK: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – A VOLATILE PROMISE OF TOMORROW?
Within the modern world, Artificial Intelligence has become a commonly used buzz word within the industry as well as government indicating the possible future adoptions of it in day to day lives thus creating a vision of the future where aspects of Artificial Intelligence. However, what remains to be considered are the implications of AI on relations among states, organizations as well as the general public. The panelists will discuss the future possibilities of AI within both hard power as well as soft power politics.
Mr Joe Burton, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Ms Elīna Lange-Ionatamishvili, Senior Expert, NATO StratCom COE
Mr John Frank, Vice President of EU Governmental Affairs, Microsoft
Moderator: Mr Edgars Poga, Riga Graduate School of Law
- BUFFET LUNCH: 13:30 - 15:00
- 15:00 - 16:30PLENARY SESSION: POLITICAL POWER IN THE DIGITAL AGE
The power of technology in the digital age is increasing day by day. Algorithms decide what information we are exposed to, what we should buy, or who we should follow. We can observe the political process increasingly playing out in the digital arena. The democratic need to find a careful balance between censorship and free speech increasingly clashes with the business models and policies of powerful, private social media platforms used by millions of users. What risks do technologies of the digital age pose to the traditional policy making process and political power?
Mr André Loesekrug-Pietri, Director of Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.), former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum
Ms Dagnija Lejiņa, CEO of Digital Freedom Festival, Board Member of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation
Mr John Frank, Vice President of EU Governmental Affairs, Microsoft
Mr Tuan Nguyen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Global Forum
Moderator: Dr Péter Krekó, Director of Political Capital Institute, Europe’s Future Fellow, IWM and Erste Foundation
- 16:30 - 17:00COFFEE BREAK: BALTIC SEA REGION COOPERATION – A CASE FOR SECURITY
Even though heavily invested within the international cooperation the Baltic State region remains one of the centres of tensions between Russia and NATO. Therefore requiring a look at the current conditions and future possibilities of cooperation among the states within the region as well as the region on the global scale. Whilst also asking the question of what are the future opportunities of the Baltic State region to achieve greater interoperability with NATO and each other through existing expertise in digital innovations and capabilities.
Dr. Žaneta Ozoliņa, Vice Chairman of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Professor of Political Science, University of Latvia
Mr Per Carlsen, Senior Advisor, Foreign Policy Society
Moderator: Mr Stefan Eriksson, Director, Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia
- 17:00 - 18:00CONCLUDING SESSION: CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA H.E. MR EGILS LEVITS
H.E. Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia
- 18:00 - 18:15CONCLUDING REMARKSConcluding remarks by H.E. Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
- 18:30 - 21:00GALA RECEPTION AT THE RĪGA CASTLEHosted by H.E. Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia
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