The Rīga Conference 2023 – a unique opportunity to build a safer tomorrow

The Rīga Conference 2023 – a unique opportunity to build a safer tomorrow

The annual security and foreign policy forum, The Rīga Conference 2023, closed on October 21. The conference attracted 640 on-site participants and a wider online audience with more than 40 000 unique viewers, who followed the discussions online across multiple platforms, reaching a wider audience through television.  There were a total of 157 media representatives were accredited for the conference. 95 of those were on-site. In total, more than 50 different media outlets (websites, radio, TV, print) from more than 15 countries were represented. For the seventeenth consecutive year, the conference brought together high-level experts, diplomats, politicians, businessmen, and journalists, facilitating meaningful discussions on key foreign and security policy issues. 30 informative partners played a vital role in promoting the conference by disseminating press releases, sharing social media announcements, distributing digital handouts containing quotes from panel sessions, and actively engaging with diverse audiences.

The Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, as the organizers, will persist in assessing and enhancing the international impact of the conference in the months ahead.

The main topics were: future of european security in a geopolitically contested world, defending NATO’s frontline: military strategy for air & land defence, a comprehensive strategy for the secure Ukraine, will Europe face wartime economy, empowering women: leading through turbulent times of war, Madrid, Vilnius, Washington -milestones for NATO’s generational change, how not to lose the information war blinded by the short-term victories, and many other.


NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security David Cattler:

“The Rīga Conference serves as a pivotal forum where leaders and policymakers from security institutions worldwide come together to voice their viewpoints and deliberate on the ever-evolving landscape of international security, defense, and NATO’s future blueprints.”


Head, NATO Information and Documentation Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine Vineta Kleine:

“Latvia is a country of strong women, and the Rīga Conference is the right platform to address entrenched beliefs about women’s role in the military and in combat.”


Vice-Chair of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation Žaneta Ozoliņa:

“Before every political decision there are ideas, arguments, and discussions. Riga Conference is the stage before making a decision important for security in Riga, Brussels, Washington.”


We invite You to look back at The Rīga Conference 2023 through our official photo gallery.

The Rīga Conference 2023, October 19 – 21 was organised jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia. The conference was supported by NATO, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the Baltic States, the Embassy of Canada in Latvia, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Latvia, the United States Embassy in Latvia, the European Commission, LMT, Embassy of Israel in Latvia, Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia, AUDI Latvija, Askaneli, Riga International Airport, Embassy of Turkey to Latvia, Live Riga, Balta, Flora, Latvenergo and the embassy of Georgia to Latvia.

We are grateful to our longtime partner and venue provider – the National Library of Latvia.

Informative support to The Rīga Conference has been confirmed by Latvian Television, Latvian Radio, LSM.LV, LMT Straume, 3 group, TV 24, RE TV, DELFI, TVNET, LETA, IR,, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Lithuania Tribune, NATO Association of Canada, RGSL, Faculty of Social Sciences of University of Latvia, Rīga Stradiņš University, Youth Atlantic Treaty Association, Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association, Diplomaatia, Baltic Defence College, Spektr, iPress, “Vchasno”, Visegrad Insight, Postimees,  Baltic to Black Sea Alliance,, Edam, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.