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2018 Riga Conference Livestream

The Rīga Conference has become a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers. The event is organised jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO), the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

January 28, 2018 - New Eastern Europe - Events

The 2018 edition of the Riga Conference will take place on September 28-29 2018. New Eastern Europe is a media partner of the Riga Conference and pleased to share with you the live stream of the conference here.

Click here to see the programme: https://www.rigaconference.lv/agenda  

The discussions start promptly at 14.00 local time on 28 September 2018.

DAY TWO SEPTEMBER 29 2018 (ALL TIMES LOCAL)

10:00 – 11:30 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO RUSSIANS

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian Opposition Politician 

Mikhail Fishman, Commentator at TV Rain, Russia 

Andrei Kolesnikov, Senior Fellow and the Chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia 

 Moderator:   Artemy Troitsky, Journalist, Russia 

11:30 – 12:00 COFFEE BREAK: RAIL BALTICA – WHAT IT OFFERS TO THE SECURITY IN THE REGION?

Aivar Jaeski, Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ, Estonia Branch Director

Moderator:  Sandis Šrāders, Board member of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Director of Sales and Strategic Projects at Radio of Latvia

12:00 – 13:30 GERMANY AT THE CENTRE OF A CHANGING EUROPE

Daniela Schwarzer, Director, German Council on Foreign Relations, Germany

Artis Pabriks, Member of European Parliament

Julianne Smith, Richard Weizsaecker Fellow at the Bosch Academy, Germany

13:30 – 15:00 LUNCH BREAK: ARCTIC

Amb. Andris Razāns, Ambassador – Director of the Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia

Niklas Granholm, Deputy Head of Studies, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden

Elisabeth Bauer, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Office for the Baltic States and Nordic Countries, Germany

 Moderator: Amb. Jānis Eichmanis, former Ambassador to Permanent Representation to NATO of the Republic of Latvia 

15:00 – 16:30 CHALLENGES IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION

Zanda Kalniņa – Lukaševica , Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia 

Amb. Ms Maira Mora , Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat 

Pavel K. Baev , Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Philip Reeker, U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy and Political Advisor

Kęstutis Paulauskas , Staff Officer at Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO 

Moderator: Dr. Žaneta Ozoliņa, Vice Chairman of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia 

16:30 – 17:00 COFFEE BREAK: CAN EU KEEP UP WITH THE WORLD PACE

Daniela Schwarzer, Director, German Council on Foreign Relations, Germany 

Balkan Devlen,  Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 Moderator: Mr Vlad Vernygora , Lecturer at the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

17:00 – 18:30 DETERRENCE BY RESILIENCE – ARE DEMOCRACIES PROACTIVE ENOUGH IN PROTECTING WESTERN VALUES?

Mr Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Latvia 

The Rt Hon Mr Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence, United Kingdom 

Mr Juri Luik , Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia 

Dr.  Michael Waller , Vice President, Center for Security Policy, United States

Moderator:  Julian Lindley-French, Senior Fellow, Institute for Statecraft, London

Concluding remarks: Mr Raimonds Bergmanis, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia

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