Public discussion „Towards A New Strategic Concept of NATO”

16.03.2010. 09:58

Latvian Transatlantic organisation (LATO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and the Riga Stradiņš University organises a public discussion „Towards A New Strategic Concept of NATO”. Discussion will take place on March 23, 2010 from 15:40 till 17:10 in the Great Hall of the Rīga Stradiņš University, Dzirciema str. 16, Riga.

The discussion will involve three members of the Group of Experts on drafting of NATO’s New Strategic concept, who will be on a consultation visit in Riga: Amb. Aivis Ronis (Latvia), Amb. Marie Gervais-Vidricaire (Canada) and Amb. Dr Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz (Germany). Discussion will feature also such Latvian experts as Dr. Daina Bleiere, Associated professor at the Political Science Department, European Studies Faculty, Rīga Stradiņš University, and Dr. Toms Rostoks, Associated professor at the Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Science, University of Latvia. The discussion will be moderated by Amb. Ojārs Kalniņš, Vice-Chairman of the Latvian Transatlantic organisation.

In April 2009 at the NATO Strasbourg/Kehl Summit a decision was adopted to develop a new NATO Strategic Concept. The Strategic Concept is the core NATO document, which describes the fundamental tasks of the Alliance. For the first time Latvia takes part in drafting of such an important document of NATO since it has joined the Alliance in 2004. The aim of the drafting process is to consolidate and achieve a common understanding among the Allies on the current and future security challenges and how the Alliance should respond to them.

The aim of the public discussion is to involve wider public into the debates on a new NATO Strategic Concept as well as to facilitate better understanding about NATO, particularly among young generation.

The discussion is open and everyone is welcomed to take part!

For more details, please, contact Mr. Arvils Zeltiņš, LATO project manager – arvils@lato.lv