About the conference

The Rīga Conference is an annual meeting of regional and international experts in foreign policy and defence, academics, journalists, and business representatives, promoting the discussion and assessment of issues affecting the transatlantic community. Convening in the Latvian capital since 2006, the conference has become a recognized annual tradition in the region.

 

The Rīga Conference 2020 will be taking place on the 12th and 13th of November, 2020. This is a special year for The Rīga Conference since it is it’s 15th anniversary. The event will proceed in a hybrid form- with a limited number of participants in person and a wider audience online. This year, amongst other things, the relevance of NATO on both sides of the Atlantic, COVID-19 consequences for defence, a post-pandemic global order, EU resilience in crisis, as well as Infodemia and other issues will be debated.

 

Explore highlights from previous years here and follow upcoming information in the webpage and in our social media channels to find the latest information on speakers, agenda and many more!

History – over the course of the last decade

The Rīga Conference takes 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, over 500 participants attend the conference every year, listening to and interacting with high-level policy makers.

 

Over the course of the last decade, The Rīga Conference has built a reputation across the region. Highlights have included having the Prime Ministers of Latvia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Finland together in the same room to discuss economic growth in a time of austerity; the presentation by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in 2008 and the address by President of the United States George W. Bush in 2006.

About Riga

Founded in 1201, Riga offers its visitors vast historical heritage and modern dynamism that is unparalleled. Throughout history the city has played an important role in the Baltic Sea region- it was the largest city for a long time and remains an important shipping hub to this day.

 

The constant flow of people and ideas make the city a robust and innovative centre, housing dozens of creative quarters, filled with excellent cafes and restaurants, start-ups and stores. Culture plays an important role in Riga which was the European Capital of Culture in 2014, continues to thrive, whilst keeping its historical charm intact.

 

Old Town – the historic centre of Riga and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – provides views for a stunning stroll at any time of the day. Riga offers something for everyone, and possibly that is why many refer to it as the city of inspiration. Find out more for yourself at www.liveriga.com