Is Burden Sharing a Priority Concept in NATO?

Burden sharing amongst NATO allies has high importance as it is a distribution of risks and costs towards achieving a common goal. The 2 % budget threshold is only one measure on how NATO members divide their responsibilities. How has burden sharing evolved amongst NATO

The Three Seas Initative: Bringing Central Europe Up to Speed

Listen to Daunis Auers, Professor of EU Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia and Ian Brzezinski Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council discuss "Three Seas Initiative". “The Three Seas Initiative (3SI) is a Central European lead initiative to accelerate the development of

5 Years Later: the Evolution of Warfare, Disinformation and Cyber Security

5 years ago at the Rīga Conference, Elīna Lange-Ionatamišvili, Senior Expert, NATO StratCom COE and András Rácz, Senior Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations discussed issues related to cyber-security and disinformation. This interview looks at the way that warfare and foreign interference have evolved or

Strategic Considerations in the Eastern Partnership Countries

Many European Union Eastern partnership countries are striving for development and moving closer to the European Union. Nevertheless, they are facing many challenges because of the necessary reforms, popular support, and external and internal challenges. Since they are at the eastern border of the EU,

YATA 25th Anniversary

LATO representative Renate Grudule participated in the 25th anniversary celebration of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association in Brussels. The event was held at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. YATA is the leading youth network aim at fostering the transatlantic bond and the values embedded in

Information Space Security Project #BorderResilience

From 1 November to 31 December, the #BorderResilience information space security project is being implemented under the leadership of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO). The project includes four workshops with eight simulation sessions in the eastern border regions of Latvia: in Augsdaugava, Vilaka, Karsava and

Baltic States Youth Debate “Baltic Youth Vision for Europe”

On November 17th LATO’s Secretary-General Sigita Struberga participated in the Baltic States Youth Debate "Baltic Youth Vision for Europe" organised by Eastern European Study Center, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the debating society "Jaunimo debatai", the German Baltic Youth Office, and the Lithuanian

Discussion: A Hot-Cold Summer of the Baltic Sea Region

On September 13, 2021, the Ministers of Defence of Estonia, Lithuania and Poland arrived to Latvia, in order to attend the guest day of the Land Force Mechanised Infantry Brigade's Military Training "Namejs 2021", as well as to discuss regional security issues together with the

The Rīga Conference 2021 has concluded

On October 15 and 16 the annual security and foreign policy forum The Rīga Conference 2021 was held. In the span of two days, political leaders and experts from all over the world came together to discuss global issues. The event started with remarks from the

Global Peace Index 2021 Presentation

On October 6 at 10.30 AM (GMT+3) the Latvian Transatlantic Organisaton will host the «Global Peace Index 2021” presentation by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).  This will be the only presentation of this study in the Baltic States. The presentation will be one of

The Rīga Conference 2021 program has been published

The annual security and foreign policy forum The Rīga Conference 2021 will take place on October 15 – 16. This year the event will gather participants both in-person at the National Library of Latvia and online. Its participants will have the opportunity to hear from