Last week on June 13 in Riga, Latvia Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia with support from the North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO), the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia organized NATO Summit Simulation Game for the Baltic and Russian young leaders.
We are proud in having had the opportunity to bring together 56 participants from various Baltic and Russian regions and cities – Kirov, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Makhachkala, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Vilnius, Klaipėda, Kaunas, Tartu, Tallinn, Riga, Tukums, Valmiera, Jelgava, Carnikava and Rēzekne.
Game consisted of three sessions about NATO Partnerships, Afghanistan After 2014 and Defence Capabilities of the Next Decade. Young leaders not only discussed most pressing defence and security issues of the alliance’s agenda, but also raise awareness about NATO decision making process.
Honorary guests were Ambassador of the United States to Latvia, H. E. Mark Pekala and State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia Mr. Jānis Sārts. Mr. Sārts at the game was in the role of the NATO Secretary General.
At the end of the day 6 best teams were announced. 12 youngsters of these teams won a study trip to NATO HQ in Brussels and valuable awards from the oragnizers. NATO Summit Simulation Game’s 2013 winners were:
Patrik Maldre (Estonia) and Laura Nacyte (Lithuania) representing France;
Guna Začeste (Latvia, University of Latvia) and Indrek Mäe (Estonia) representing Italy;
Otto Tabuns (Latvia, Riga Graduate School of Law) and Tatiana Glazyrina (Russia) representing Turkey;
Agnese Gerharde (Latvia, Riga Graduate School of Law) and Ernst-Armin Tonisson (Estonia) representing United Kingdom;
Antra Dzene (Latvia, BA Turiba) and Kadri Lutter (Estonia) representing United States of America;
Kaspars Adijāns (Latvia, University of Latvia) and Pavel Karavaev (Russia) representing Denmark.
Participants noted that game in whole was a valuable experience and an effective way how to learn about NATO decision making process. Some of participants admitted that only now they realise how difficult and complex it is and to find compromise in some questions takes more time than in others. Young leaders learned how to defend their country’s position, represent their team and theirselves individually.
On behalf of the organizers LATO would like to express their gratitude to all young leaders for participating and 6 best teams congratulate with being the best at this year’s competition! We very much hope that you enjoyed this year’s game and considered the event worth your time and effort.