The Rīga Conference 2015, one of the most important conferences in security and foreign policy in the Baltic Sea region, took place in Riga between 6th and 7th November. This year’s most discussed topics became the Russia’s aggressive foreign policy and propaganda, as well as NATO member states’ role in securing the global defence. The conference was concluded by the Minsiter of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Mr Edgars Rinkēvičš, highlighting how much we still differ 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and this is just one of the reasons why we have to cooperate and discuss the future challenges.
This year The Rīga Conference, which took place at the Latvian National Library, welcomed over 500 guests from 40 countries worldwide. 6 panel discussions adjoined with 6 coffee break conversations saw 38 experts and state leaders speak about conference’s topics.
State leaders, experts, academics and diplomats took part in dynamic debates aimed at important questions in regional and global security questions, widely discussing the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s foreign policy regarding its neighbouring states, the consequences of sanctions, the challenge of the the social media propaganda used by the “Islamic State”, the refugee crisis and other current topics.
The initial results show that over 1,89 million people were reached worldwide on Twitter through the #RigaConf hashtag. The conference was viewed by people in 80 countries worldwide.
About The Rīga Conference 2015
The Rīga Conference 2015 is one of the most important security and foreign policy forums in the Baltic Sea region, welcoming more than 500 state leaders, experts, diplomats, academics and media representatives from 40 countries. For the second time, the conference at taking place in the National Library of Latvia.
Conference is organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) in cooperation with Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Republic of Latvia. The event is supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, SAAB, The German Marshall Fund (The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation), the Embassies of the U.S.A., the United Kingdom, Canada, and Georgia in Latvia, Riga City Council, Georgian wines “Askaneli Brothers” and Amber Distribution, the European Commission Representation in Latvia, Riga Shipyard, Latvian Railway, Connection Codes. The conference is powered by airBaltic, Riga International Airport, Audi Latvija, Møller Auto Rīga un Møller Auto Lidosta, Latvian Mobile Telephone. Informative supporters: Latvijas Televīzija, DELFI, LETA, LSM.LV, Latvijas Avīze, Magazine Ir, Hromadske International, Postimees, the Lithuania Tribune, The Baltic Times.
Further information about the conference, agenda, participants and broadcast is found on www.rigaconference.lv
Information prepared by:
Mr Aivis Indans
The Rīga Conference 2015
Tel: +371 2 455 8300