Talks on Security and Foreign Policy: Jānis Eichmanis

11.03.2010. 10:02

On March 10, 2010 LATO hosted a discussion with Latvia’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Amb. Jānis Eichmanis. The discussion took place in the big hall of the Latvian Academic Library as the LATO office could not accommodate all those who wanted to attend the event. In total, more than 50 people took part in the discussion, among them a lot of youngsters and students of social sciences.

In his introductory speech, Amb. J.Eichmanis touched upon such issues as work of Latvia’s Permanent Mission to NATO, decision-making process at NATO, current issues of NATO’s agenda, including the drafting process of NATO’s New Strategic Concept and NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

The discussion was organised in the framework of the discussion series „Talk on Security and Foreign Policy”, whose aim is to facilitate a dialogue between policy makers and society at large. Therefore more time was left for questions, comments and discussions. Participants of the discussion showed their interests in such topics as Latvia’s membership in NATO (What and how we can influence?), sale of French warship „Mistral” to NATO and security of the Baltic States, NATO-Russia relations, Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and NATO’s New Strategic Concept, NATO’s Enlargement process, energy security on NATO’s agenda, the importance of the Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty and economic threats, skepticism on NATO’s readiness to defend Latvian among Latvian society, NATO structural reforms, Russia’s new military doctrine and nuclear weapons, the future of NATO’s involvement into Afghanistan etc.

In the end Ambassador invited young people to be more active and consider a possibility to advance their career in the Foreign Service.

Next round of discussions will take place in April.

The project “Talks on Security and Foreign Policy” is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

For more information, please, contact Ms. Irina Ivaskina, LATO project manager – irina@lato.lv, (+371) 67322883