International forum on security and foreign policy issues – The Rīga Conference 2015 – commences.

06.11.2015. 09:35

For the 10th year in a row one of the main security and foreign policy forums in the Baltic Sea region – The Rīga Conference 2015 – commences its work on 6th November at the National Library of Latvia, welcoming over 500 participants from 40 countries. For two days Heads of States, experts, diplomats, academics and media representatives will discuss pressing issues on the daily agenda in security and foreign policy.

The conference will be opened by President of the Republic of Latvia H.E Mr Raimonds Vējonis and Defence Minister Mr Raimonds Bergmanis. In the first panel the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, H.E Mrs Laimdota Straujuma, together with her Ukrainian counterpart H.E Mr Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Vice-President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, and the Ambassador of the United States of America to the European Union Anthony L. Gardner will discuss about the position of the European Union in the changing geopolitical and geo-economical conditions and what ought to be done to preserve its role as the leading trading block.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Mr Jānis Garisons, alongside the Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Dr Patrick Keller, former Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO Forces in Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff, and the Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership at the Arizona State University, Amb. Kurt Volker, will debate NATO’s role in the defence of global stability, the fight against the so called “Islamic State” and the realisation of NATO’s Readiness Action Plan.

The conference will assess not only the most pressing issues in Europe, but also the world. Experts will discuss about future relationship with Russia – and the impact of sanctions on it. The effects of propaganda on conscience will be analysed together with the ways of combating the spread of false information in the society. Furthermore, the conference will propose the steps necessary for Europe in regards the actions towards Russia, the fight against the “Islamic State” and the refugee crisis in Europe.

The conference will be livestreamed through the official home page of The Rīga Conference 2015 –, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on, as well as on,,, The Baltic Times, Hromadske International, and the Lithuania Tribune. For the first time The Rīga Conference 2015 will be also streamed through the LMT Straume service.

Online viewers are encouraged to participate in the debates and exchange opinions with experts and speakers on both Twitter and Facebook by using the #RigaConf hashtag. The working language of the conference is English.

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

Information prepared by:

Mr Aivis Indans

The Rīga Conference 2015

Media Coordinator


Tel: +371 2 455 8300