Baltic Sea Security Conference

On December 3, the Baltic Security Foundation and Latvian Political Science Association, with the support of The Jamestown Foundation, hosted the Baltic Sea Security Conference to discuss the fragmented approach to defending the Baltic region. The all day event featured workshops, lectures and seminars on the Baltic region’s military, societal, economic and cyber security. The conference brought together 150 participants and Baltic experts from Europe, the United States and Japan.

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Opening Remarks

Olevs Nikers 
President, Baltic Security Foundation

Esa Pulkkinen
Director General, Department of Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Finland

Glen E. Howard
President, The Jamestown Foundation

Opening Keynote

Glen Grant
Senior Expert, Baltic Security Foundation


Panel on Defense and Deterrence

Michal Jarocki
Editor-in-Chief, MilMag

Jorgen Elfving
Retired Army Officer, Swedish Armed Forces

Dr. Zdzislaw Sliwa
Dean, Baltic Defense College

Aleksandra M. Friede
Research Associate, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg

Col. Petteri Kajanmaa
Commanding Office, Department of Warfare,
National Defence University, Finland

Dr. Jan Sjolin
Senior Expert on Regional Security
Baltic Security Foundation (Sweden)


Panel on Cyber Security

Otto Tabuns
Director, Baltic Security Foundation

Līga Rozentāle
Director, EU Policy on Cybersecurity and Security of Emerging Technologies, Microsoft

Andreis Purim
Computer Engineer, Specializing in Cyber Defense
Liaison Officer for Latin America, Baltic Security Foundation

Peter Emoke
Policy Officer, European Commission

H.E. Shota Gvineria
Lecturer at the Baltic Defense College
Cybersecurity Expert
Ambassador of Georgia in Netherlands


Panel on Economic Security

Dr. Didzis Kļaviņš
Senior Researcher, University of Latvia

Dr. Sigita Kavaliunaite
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania

Roger W. Robinson
Chairman and Co-Founder, Prague Strategic Studies Institute
President & CEO, RWR Advisory Group

Aivar Jaeski
Estonian Branch director, Finland Country manager, Three Baltic state Joint Venture RB Rail AS
Retired officer, Estonian Army
Fmr. Deputy Director, NATO STRATCOM COE

Marius Laurinavičius
Senior Expert, Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis


Panel on Societal Security

Maia Otarashvili
Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Eurasia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute

Dr. Viktorija Rusinaite
Senior Analyst, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Erling Johannson
Retired Officer, Swedish Armed Forces
Fmr. Swedish Defense Attaché in Riga and Vilnius

Anne-Ly Reimaa
Adviser, Ministry of Culture, Estonia

Dr. Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik
Assistant Professor, Institute of East-Central Europe

Dr. Søren Dosenrode
Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University


Closing Keynote Address

Otto Tabuns
Director, Baltic Security Foundation

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ben Hodges
Fmr. Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe
Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, CEPA