Security around the Baltic 2013
On the 27th of May the Stockholm Free World Forum hosted a conference on security cooperation around the Baltic: Security around the Baltic, 2013. The Forum gathered a number of renowned international and regional speakers.
From an international perspective the Baltic Sea is a quiet and peaceful corner of the world.
This peace is less than a quarter of a century old. Before the end of the Cold War half of the states around Baltic Sea were under Soviet occupation or dominance. Even if war never broke out the tensions were high with forces from the Warsaw Pact and NATO competing for influence.
Today, the Baltic Sea is surrounded by free and democratic states. Out of nine states eight are democracies and members of the EU. Six of these are also members of NATO. During the last two decades these states have developed close ties in most policy areas. Among the three Baltic states plus the five Nordic nations, including Norway and Iceland, there is a sense of community – a feeling of shared identity and destiny.
There are nonetheless questions regarding the security of the region that remain unanswered. Considering how closely the states around the Baltic Sea cooperate it is puzzling that there is no common policy on how to uphold the peace in the region.
It is against this backdrop that the Stockholm Free World Forum arranged the conference Security around the Baltic, 2013.
|Anders Åslund is an expert on the East European economies, especially Russia and Ukraine. He is a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and has been there since 2006. He is also Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Before joining the Peterson Institute Åslund worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1994 -2005) as Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He has also served as economic adviser to the governments of Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.|
|Ståle Ulriksen is Researcher of International Politics and Sea Power at the Norwegian Naval College in Bergen, Norway (2007-). He is also researcher at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (1993-).|
Security around the Baltic, 2013
Keynote Speaker Artis Pabriks Podcast (59:26)
The Baltic as a security complex Podcast
Edward Lucas, Mike Winnerstig, Anna Jardfelt, Katarina Tracz
Regional security in the North Podcast (1:02:56)
Karlis Neretnieks, Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Ståle Ulriksen, Svante Cornell
The importance of Gazprom for the Baltic region Podcast (57:31)
Anders Åslund, Tomas Malmlöf, Eitvydas Bajarunas, Maria Eriksson
Russia in the Baltic Podcast (42:20)
Janis Kazocins, Boris Nemtsov, Stig Fredrikson
Security cooperation around the Baltic
Kurt Volker, Bruce Acker, Matthew Bryza, Stefan Olsson