• The Rīga Conference 2013

    The leading foreign and security policy forum in Northern Europe took place on September 6-7 in Rīga, Latvia. Video highlights available!

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    Launch of the Rīga Conference Papers took place on Thursday, 5 September. Feel free to download your copy of the publication!


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The Rīga Conference 2013

September 6-7, 2013

NATO’s sixth Secretary General Lord Carrington once said: “Security is the oxygen of prosperity.” Our mission is to ensure that this oxygen supply is kept running. And we will succeed!

For the eight time, Rīga became the setting for Northern Europe’s leading foreign and security policy forum, The Rīga Conference 2013. The event is organised jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Latvian Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and offers a unique venue for...


Highlights of The Rīga Conference 2013 | PHOTOS

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What is the Strategic Outlook of the EU?

What is the EU strategic outlook in a changing global order when the West is looking at the rest for new trends? Has the ongoing discussion on the EU’s global strategy generated some ideas which should be taken on board? Is the EU sufficiently responsive to emerging challenges? What are the current challenges that have not been addressed and how should we address them? What can we say about the strategic vision of Europe and which geostrategic partnerships must the EU be developing in the years to come? NATO is implementing a new Strategic Concept, and what is the EU doing?

Is Europe Still a Player in Global Economy?

Given a still gloomy economic picture, unemployment exceeding 15 % in a number of EU countries, an unbalanced fiscal system risking further hardship and austerity, and demographic challenges combined with a lack of political solidarity, we must intensify consideration of Europe’s effort to ensure global competitiveness. The EU lacks a strategic outlook and has failed to define its interests leaving it vulnerable and poorly disposed to address a financial crisis in both the shorter and longer terms.  What concrete measures should be taken to remedy this situation?