Day 2 (October 12th)

  • 10:00 - 11:30
    MORNING 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

     

      

    Moderator: Ms Jill Dougherty, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council
  • 11:30 - 12:00
    COFFEE BREAK: “IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY!” CRISIS MANAGEMENT APPROACHES 
    Crisis 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 - 13:30
    PLENARY 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 MatissVisiting Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia 

     
  • 13:30 - 15:00
    COFFEE 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 - 16:30
    PLENARY 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 - 17:00
    COFFEE 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 - 18:00
    CONCLUDING 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

     

    Moderator: Mr Edward Lucas, Senior Vice-President,Center for European Policy Analysis 
     

  • 18:00 - 18:15
    CONCLUDING REMARKS 
    Concluding remarks by H.E. Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
  • 18:30 - 21:00
    GALA RECEPTION AT THE RĪGA CASTLE 
    Hosted by H.E. Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia
Log In

About Riga

Founded in 1201, Riga offers its visitors a vast historical heritage and modern dynamism that is unparalleled.

About Riga READ MORE

Contact Us

Ms Sabīne Štāla

Ms Sabīne Štāla

Contact Person for Speakers, Security & General Issues

Mr Jēkabs Baumanis

Mr Jēkabs Baumanis

Contact Person for Participants & Accommodation

Ms Laura Krastiņa

Ms Laura Krastiņa

Contact Person for Media