Event Reports

The Riga Conference 2019

The Riga Conference is an annual meeting of regional and international experts in foreign policy and defense, 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. At this year’s conference, amongst other things, the EU role in rise of geo-economics, security challenges in the information age and hybrid warfare, transatlantic relationship as a critical axis of global stability, relations between Russia and the West as well as prospects of Eastern Partnership countries were discussed. It took place in the National Library of Latvia with approximately 650 participants. Guests were inter alia the President of Latvia Egils Levits, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and various international participants. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung was one of the partners of this event.

"The Rise of Populism: Lessons for the European Union and the United States of America"


A collection of articles combining the work of scientist from Germany, Latvia, Greece, Great Britain, France and the United States of America.

Fundamental Aspects of German Foreign Policy

Roundtable discussion

A meeting of political experts from Latvia with Knut Abraham, Head of Division, Bilateral relations with the States of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus, Federal Chancellery.

VI. Dikli Forum on Social Market Economy

Dual Vocational Education and Training

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK) jointly organized the VI. Dikli Forum on Social Market Economy for economic, political and education experts on May 27th-28th, 2014.

Post-Wall Europe needs to become “Europe for all”

State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy

24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed in Berlin his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today. In front of 600 invited people at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Van Rompuy warned against growing populism on the European continent and the rising of distrust. “Populism and nationalism cannot provide the answer to the challenges of our time”.

Do Campaigns Matter?

Political Communication and Campaigning

In Latvia, young politicians from the Baltic Sea Region discussed effects and limits of political communication.

Energy politics and climate protection

Where do we stand 20 years after Rio?

On invitation of KAF'S Baltic office about 120 experts from politics, administration, business, media and academia discussed the latest trends in climate protection and sustainable development after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Download the presentations of the conference here.

The future of the public broadcasting in Latvia

Loss of professional journalists. Rating declines. Inefficient management. Creativity crisis and the lack of money. These are just a few examples, which currently represent the public image of public television and radio. Will a new public media change the society’s attitude and how should it be to gain the audience's trust?

Corporate Responsibility

A Key to Success

Mari Kooskora (Estonian Business School) outlines the principles of Corporate Responsibility.

European Economic Government or Governance?

Jānis Miķelsons, advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, discusses Europe's need for a Common Economic Government.

About this series

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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