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LATO is a non governmental organization established on march 21, 2000 with the aim of bringing together like-minded individuals who want to promote Latvia’s membership in NATO
Mar 23, 2021
LATO Interview Series #3: Moldova – Perspectives and Challenges
Moldova currently is at a crossroads between a pro-European approach represented by the current President Maia Sandu and a pro-Russian approach represented by its former President Igor Dodon. A changing international landscape, such as a progressive rapprochement between the EU and the East, may offer new perspectives for conflict settlement. What political turbulences and challenges impact and influence Moldova’s path towards European? Do Moldovans favour a pro-European approach? How has the COVID-19 crisis affected the pro-reformist movement in Moldova? Has Moldova become resistant to outside pressure? These and other questions will be addressed in this episode. In this interview *Iulian Groza*, expert on foreign policy, European affairs and good governance, executive director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (Chisinau, Moldova) and *Mārtiņš Mūrnieks*, Member of the Board of Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and Head of Eastern Partnership Program at the Baltic Centre of Media Excellence, seek answers to the questions above while discussing the newest developments in Moldova. The interview is part of a series developed in the context of the annual Rīga Conference organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The purpose of the series is to keep discussions alive in between consecutive conferences.
Mar 23, 2021
LATO Interview Series #1: Protests in Belarus – Rebellious Spirit
More than 200 days have passed since Belarus held its presidential elections. A significant part of the international community does not recognize the results of this election. The Belarusian regime and its society are also under disagreement on the issue. The people of Belarus demand their democratic rights to self-governance, to influence national decisions and to have their fundamental freedoms restored. They demonstrate heroism, self-sacrifice, and solidarity despite the reluctance of Lukashenko’s elite to cede power and its attempts to maintain the previous status quo by all means necessary, including violence. Should the protesters regroup and develop new strategies to achieve their ambitions? What is the role of the Coordination Council? What is the old opposition and is it systematic? What is the role of the "All Belarusian Assembly" and where will it lead in the future? What is the role of Russia in Belarus? These are just some of the critical and unanswered questions asked by different stakeholders. In this interview, *Vadim Mojeiko,* Political Analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies and *Uģis Lībietis*, Member of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and Journalist from the Public Broadcasting of Latvia, discuss the newest development in Belarus and seek for answers. The interview is part of a series developed in the context of the annual Rīga Conference organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The purpose of the series is to keep discussions alive in between consecutive conferences.
Mar 22, 2021
LATO Interview Series #2: EU-US Relationship – What’s Next?
Over the last few years, discussions on the future of the EU-US relationship have become increasingly important. Even though a new administration has taken over some questions have lingered. Where does the EU-US relationship stand? Can we say that there is a unilateral understanding within the US towards its allies in the EU? Can we identify a lack of common understanding between Europeans and Americans? How was Borrell’s visit to Russia perceived across the Atlantic? Does the wish for strategic autonomy influence EU-US relations in the same way as “America First”? How independent can the EU really be whilst involved with the US? Can the EU viably look at military autonomy as an option? These are just a few of the questions that are addressed in this interview. In this interview, *Stanley Sloan*, one of America’s top experts on EU-US relations, the founding Director of the Atlantic Community Initiative and *Anna Ūdre*, Journalist and Foreign News Editor at Latvian Television seek answers to answer these challenging questions. The interview is part of a series developed in the context of the annual Rīga Conferences organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The purpose of the series is to keep discussions alive in between consecutive conferences.