• The Rīga Conference 2012

    Join on-line the leading foreign and security policy forum in Northern Europe! 

  • Young Diplomacy Professionals Forum 2012

    Where leaders of tomorrow are debating what matters today

  • Riga Process: The Future of European Foreign Policy

    Experts from Europe and the United States will develop scenarios for the future of European Foreign Policy

The Rīga Conference 2012

September 14-15, 2012

The Rīga Conference has become a leading foreign and security policy forum in Northern Europe for world renowned political, intellectual and business leaders to gather and debate on the most acute challenges of the current international agenda. Since the NATO summit in 2006, the Riga Conference has developed into a well-established forum within the heart of the Baltics, a venue that brings a wealth of networking opportunities and a weekend that is of significant importance to the Riga city calendar.

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Is the Euro the Problem or the Answer?

History will judge if EU leaders have misdiagnosed the Eurozone crisis, focusing too much on current government spending.The causes of the EU crisis stem from the divergence in competitiveness between the Eurozone’s core of strong economies and its struggling “periphery”. EU reforms based solely on fiscal austerity can become self-defeating. If the single currency isn’t feasible without fiscal convergence and economic integration, the Eurozone must consolidate to save itself. How can economic growth be achieved in a time of austerity? Will this crisis bring Europe closer together or pull it apart?

NATO after Chicago: Struggling for Capabilities, Enlarge or Regionalize?

Recently, the US Administration outlined its new US defence strategy to strengthen its military presence in the Asia-Pacific. Will this cause implications to overall NATO capabilities in the future? Is the new concept of smart defence NATO’s answer to current financial problems? What is NATO’s response to risk of growing political turmoil in Europe and in its neighborhood, and risk of re-nationalization of European defence efforts? The range of policy choices is wide open, including further enlargement vs. regionalization.