Baltic Exceptionalism? A Roundtable featuring Baltic Foreign Ministers and Prof. Anna Grzymala-Busse

Friday, June 1, 2018

2:00 pm

Fisher Conference Center, The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford University Libraries, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Join us for an engaging roundtable with the foreign ministers of the Baltic countries and Prof. Anna Grzymala-Busse, who will discuss:

Baltic Exceptionalism?

As a wave of populism and political divisiveness seem to be rising elsewhere in Europe, the Baltic republics appear to have escaped these worrisome trends. International interference in elections, anti-democratic sentiments, immigration, and a host of populist and protest parties dominate the political debates in the rest of Europe. Yet while Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are firmly ensconced in Europe, and have certainly experienced political pressure from their neighbors, they appear to have weathered the storm far more robustly. To what extent can we talk about “Baltic exceptionalism,” and how can we explain it? 

Sven Mikser has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia since 2016. He has previously served as the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. He has also been a long-time member of the Estonian Parlament, where he has served as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. 

Edgars Rinkēvičs has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia since 2011. He has previously served as Head of the Chancery of the President of Latvia, State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia, and as Chief of the Office for organizing the NATO Summit of the Heads of State and Government, which took place in Riga, in 2006.

Linas Linkevičius has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania since 2012. He has previously served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Belarus, Representative of Lithuania to the North Atlantic Council, Head of the Lithuanian Mission to the WEU and NATO, Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, and member of the Lithuanian parliament. 

Anna Grzymala-Busse is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Her research interests include political parties, state development and transformation, informal political institutions, religion and politics, and post-communist politics. She has published two books on the paradox of the communist successor parties in East Central Europe and the role of political parties and party competition in the reconstruction of the post-communist state.

The event takes place as part of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University and is co-sponsored by Stanford Libraries and European Security Initiative, The Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

When:
Friday, June 1, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where:
Fisher Conference Center, The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center Map
Admission:

RSVP required. Seating is limited.

Closest parking may be found on Galvez St., Memorial Way, or at Stanford Visitor Center.

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Lecture / Reading International Humanities Public Service 

Audience:
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
Contact:
650-736-4724, liisi.esse@stanford.edu
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