Riga Conference 2016. Session: NATO 360° 24/7 – HOW TO DELIVER?


NATO has stood as a cornerstone of security in Europe and North America for six decades. Today, its ability to continue playing such a central role is challenged by a changing security environment. What must NATO members do to maintain the Alliance’s relevance in the face of strategic challenges? Russia’s assertiveness and desire to change the European security order is a reality that must be factored in even as we aim for a better future for the longer term. There is a clear need to synchronize strategic threat perception among allies to strengthen European defence and restore transatlantic balance. Do different European political elites recognize that democracy is worthy of being defended by all means?

Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO
Prof. Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former President of Latvia
Hon. Mr Harjit Sajjan, Minister of Defence of Canada
Mr Hannes Hanso, Minister of Defence of Estonia

Moderator:Dr. Žaneta Ozoliņa, Vice Chairman of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia