The annual foreign policy and defence forum “The Rīga Conference 2017” concludes

30.09.2017. 20:00

The annual security and foreign policy forum “The Riga Conference 2017” has concluded. This year’s guests included the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sven Mikser, the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, H.E. Linas Linkevičius, the Moldavian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, H.E. Andrei Galbur, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Pavlo Klimkin, and the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Urban Ahlin. The Senior Advisor of the US Department of Homeland Security, Katharine Cornell Gorka, the Vice President for the Euro and Social Dialogue of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Sergei Guriev, the Board Chairman of Air Baltic Corporation, Martin Gauss, journalists from The Economist, The BBC, The Guardian, Politiken (Denmark), and The Wallstreat Journal and other honourable guests.

This year, discussions centered around pressing issues such as NATO and the EU’s future security and economic challenges and opportunities for collaboration among allies as well as the need to find alternatives to speculation and propaganda in the media – one of the key elements of hybrid-warfare. The global economic impact of the development of the various regions, sanctions against Russia and Russia’s development in general and the EU in the future in this global development context were also discussed. Traditionally, the conference was concluded by the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, who stressed the necessity of thinking of further integration and strengthening cooperation for a successful alliance.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Latvian National Library hosted the conference, gathering participants from more than 40 countries, including heads of government, internationally recognized experts and journalists who in total attended 11 discussion panels and three supplementary events taking place during the conference.

The Rīga Conference 2017 discussion recordings and photos can be found on the conference website:

About The Rīga Conference 2017

The Rīga Conference 2017 is one of the leading security and foreign policy forums in the Baltic Sea region, welcoming more than 500 heads of states, experts, diplomats, academics and media representatives from 40 countries. The conference takes place at the National Library of Latvia.   The conference is organised by Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Latvia.

The conference is supported by:

The Public Diplomacy Division of NATO, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the US Embassy in Latvia, Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, the Askaneli Brothers, Amber Distribution Latvia, the Embassy of Georgia in Latvia, the Embassy of Canada in Latvia, Saab AB, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, AS Swedbank, the Riga City Council, the Latvian National Library, Georgian Wines, FIMA, Hytera, Audi Latvia, Møller Auto Riga, Møller Auto Lidosta, and Riga International Airport.

Informative support:

LMT Straume, Latvijas Televīzija, DELFI, LETA, IR, Hromadske International, The Lithuania Tribune, Postimees, New Eastern Europe,

For further information about the conference, agenda, participants and broadcast please visit:

For more details please contact:

Ms Elīne Dembska

The Rīga Conference 2017

Media Coordinator

Tel: +371 26834171