NATO – from Warsaw to Brussels.

Future of the Alliance and the Enhanced Forward Presence

June 16 Friday


June 16, 2017, 9.00 - 12.30


“Altum” conference hall, Doma square 4, Riga



After the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO expanded eastwards and became an active multi-task organization. Since then, it has engaged in missions beyond its borders and has partnered with different countries,including Russia.

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As the conflict in Ukraine unfolded, NATO returned to its origins of collective defence, whereas Russia became a strategic rival with measures taken to deter it from new aggression. At the same time, the new President of the United States calls NATO allies to bolster defence spending and to devote more attention to anti-terrorism activities. How are these calls received by allies, and how will the transatlantic link evolve? Will NATO return to Afghanistan with a combat mission? Could it launch new missions in the Near or the Middle East? What else NATO could do to counter terrorism?

Heads of the states and governments at the NATO Warsaw Summit in July 2016 decided to establish Enhanced Forward Presence in Baltic States and Poland. What seemed almost unimaginable in the previous decades – allied “boots on the ground” in the Post-Soviet space – has become reality. Yet questions remain. How permanent will Enhanced Forward Presence be – a short-term solace to the “eastern flank” allies or can it evolve to a permanent presence? Are current levels of allied troops and equipment sufficient to deter Russia? Has the allied presence improved or, as according to Russia, exacerbated the regional security situation?

This public discussion is organized in cooperation with the Konrad -Adenauer-Foundation, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, NATO, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Riga and the Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Latvia.

There will be two panels. Panel 1: Evaluation of NATO´s perspectives for future development. Panel 2: Perspectives and challenges for increased presence of NATO in the Baltic States and Poland.

Panellists: • Leo Michel, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council; Visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

• Alessandro Scheffler, Lecturer in International Politics at the Federal University of Public Administration, Brühl, Germany

• Nick Childs, Senior Fellow on Naval Forces and Maritime Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies

• Anna Wieslander, Director for Northern Europe, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council

• Eric Povel, Program Officer for Latvia at the Public Diplomacy Division, NATO

• Waldemar Ratajczak, Deputy Director of the International Security Policy Department, Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Poland

• Kalev Stoicescu, Research Fellow International Centre for Defence and Security, Tallinn, Estonia

• Jānis Kažociņš, National Security Advisor to the President of the Republic of Latvia

• Christian Leuprecht, Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada; Senior Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute

• Albert Zulkharneev, Director of PIR Center, Moscow


Contact person

Agnese Kubliņa

Research Assistant

Agnese Kubliņa
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