The Baltic Security Foundation co-hosted an event at the Congress of the United States of America on China’s influence in the Baltic Sea region. The event was made possible together with The Jamestown Foundation and JBANC. The event was opened by co-chair of the House Baltic Caucus Representative Don Bacon. In the first part of the event, Glen E. Howard, Roger W. Robinson Jr., Olevs Nikers and Dimon Liu discussed the book “Between Brussels and Beijing: Transatlantic Response to Chinese Presence in the Baltic Sea.
Luncheon with the President of the Baltic Security Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
On November 17 Olevs Nikers, President of the Baltic Security Foundation visited affiliates of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A special luncheon gathered students and professors of this program to discuss the global security situation, Russia’s war against Ukraine and its implications for Baltic Security, as well as Chinese presence in the Baltic Sea Region. Special interest from the side of the students was expressed in the Transatlantic Security Exchange, using the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the details of this exchange, organized by the Baltic Security Foundation.
On October 6, 2022, the State Secretary of Latvian Ministry of Defense Jānis Garisons visited the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M and met with Professor Gabriela Marin Thornton and her students who research Baltic security in their capstone course. The capstone course participants partner with the Baltic Security Foundation to propose ways to increase Baltic resilience with a focus on Latvia. The meeting presented an opportunity to discuss the preliminary findings and compare the perspectives on the most important regional security issues in the Baltic Sea Region.
Roger W. Robinson Jr. speaks on the Transatlantic response to China, importance of the capital markets, and the international security context relevant to the Baltic Sea region. This address is part of the Baltic Sea Security Conference 2022: Transatlantic Response to China’s Presence in the Baltic Sea Region. The conference was hosted by the Baltic Security Foundation at the Hotel Kempinski Adlon in Berlin on August 17, 2022. The conference showcased the research on China’s presence in the Baltic Sea region domains of finance, education and infrastructure.
Transatlantic response to China’s presence in the Baltic Sea Region The Euroatlantic states sharing the Baltic Sea have been subject to persistent security threats that have made them seek international solutions to maintain peace and stability. Challenges associated with Russia have been at the forefront for decades and are so today with its war against Ukraine. Meanwhile over the last decade the regional presence of China has increased - welcomed by many but analyzed by few.
The Baltic Security Foundation has launched the Transatlantic Security Exchange. The program brings together experts and researchers from Europe and America to focus on further studies of Baltic security in regional and international context. This week, the BSF team welcomed Rebekkah Chatham and Travis Andrews from the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service who will visit several Baltic Sea states for their research on NATO, influence of Russia and China in Europe, regional military cooperation and food security.
The Baltic Security Foundation team shares their most recent books to universities around the world to promote the studies of regional security. The BSF president Mr. Olevs Nikers visited the University of Washington and donated copies of “Baltic Sea Security: Regional and Sectoral Perspectives” to the UW University Libraries. The BSF team looks forward to these books being useful for the university, especially for its renown Baltic Studies program.
On November 9, 2020, 31 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed the Polish Senate’s ratification bill of the U.S.-Polish Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). This agreement contains a number of provisions that will facilitate greater defense cooperation between the United States and Poland and improve deterrence and battle readiness for NATO along the alliance’s Eastern Flank. For the Baltics, this ratification is welcome news, as it not only improves the regional deterrent posture, but also a number of crucial conditions in Poland to enable more rapid and effective defense in the event of Russian aggression on their territory.
At the beginning of this month, the U.S. delivered 128 javelin anti-tank missiles to Estonia, part of ongoing cooperation between the two countries. This will provide another moderate boost to the credibility of Estonia’s deterrent posture. These kinds of smaller procurements are an important part of the broader effort to build up a credible defense in case of Russian aggression and to signal that the risk outweighs the reward for attacking the Baltic States.
Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would commit up to $1 Billion in support for the Three Seas Initiative. In so doing, Congress and the administration are providing much needed assistance toward developing the economic and security infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe. This initiative, launched in 2015 by the Polish and Croatian presidents, aims to make Central Europe a “backbone of European resilience,” in the words of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.