The latest issue of the Atlantic Treaty Association’s publication Atlantic Voices is dedicated to the Young Diplomacy professionals Forum 2013 (YDPF) that was organized by Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO).
The Forum was aimed at informing and engaging young professionals and future leaders into the debates of the Rīga Conference 2013 through comprehensive parallel discussions on the most pressing questions of regional and global foreign policy and security agenda, workshops and debates with the world class leaders at the main Rīga Conference 2013 venue through available social media platforms, thus promoting better cooperation amongst participants representing different professional and national background.
More than 60 young professionals from more than 30 countries around the globe came together in Riga to follow the Conference, discuss the issues and give their own insight to the topics covered. This publication is the result of these discussions summarized by four discussion moderators. First, Andris Banka in his report “Transatlantic Shifts: Who Is Calling the Shots?” discusses the question about who is really in charge – is it NATO or another international power? The second report: “European Union: A Global Superpower” by Bartosz Marcinkowski looks into the changing role of the European Union and its potential on the world stage. Salome Ugrekhelidze takes a look at the discussions related to the panel “Eastern Partnerships: From Vilnius to Riga and the Way Forward”, focusing on the transformations of Eastern Partnerships so far and in the future. Finally, Inga Vaiciakauskaite offers her analysis on the future of Afghanistan after 2014 and the regional security cooperation needed to succeed.
Full text of the Atlantic Voices October issue: Atlantic Voices Volume 3 Issue 10 October 2013
About the authors:
Andris Banka is a doctoral researcher at the Universityof Birmingham/UK where he concentrates on American foreign policy with a particular emphasis on the effects of drone strikes. Previously he has worked in a number of policy centers in Washington, Brussels and The Hague.
Bartosz Marcinkowski holds a MA in political science from the Jagiellonian University and specializes in Balkan Studies. He has studied also at the University of Zagreb and the University of Split. His main areas of interest are EU policy towards post-Yugoslav states and political cooperation in Central Europe.
Salome Ugrekhelidze holds an LL.B degree from Tbilisi State University and an LL.M degree in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham. Currently, she works as Executive Director of Georgian non-governmental organization “Public Advocacy”. Prior to that, she worked as a lawyer at the Georgian Development Research Institute and was a legal intern of International Relations Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
Inga Vaiciakauskaite holds a BA in Politics from the University of East Anglia and is currently doing an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy at Vilnius University. Inga did an internship at the European Commission in 2011 and is currently working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.