Since the end of the Cold War, the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have made tremendous political, economic, and military strides. Consciously deciding to align themselves with the West, all three joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) security alliance in 2004. Although small in size and population, the Baltic States have become beacons of hope in an increasingly insecure corner of Europe. Globally, they have also contributed to military and peacekeeping operations in places like Iraq, the Balkans, the Horn of Africa, and Afghanistan. As the security picture in the Baltic region continues to evolve, how does the legacy of the Cold War impact today’s security challenges in the region? What new security threats are emerging for countries like Latvia? How are the Baltics working with each other, the United States, and their NATO allies to address regional security challenges?
Join us as Latvian Minister of Defense Dr. Artis Pabriks addresses the challenges, opportunities, and concerns he sees Latvia and the Baltic region facing, and discusses what is being done and what needs to be done to address them in the future.
More About the Speakers
Artis Pabriks, Ph.D.
Minister of Defense, Republic of Latvia
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy