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The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the Baltic states

The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which share an 850 mile long border with Russia and Belarus, have been profoundly impacted by Russia’s war on Ukraine. This talk adresses both the international effects – particularly shifts in regional coalitions and the balance of power in northern Europe – and the long-term domestic impact of militarization, Ukrainian refugees, and sweeping de-russification.

Daunis Auers is Professor of European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Latvia, and serves as Director-at-large of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS). He studied at the London School of Economics and defended his PhD at University College London. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley (2005-2006) and a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Scholar at Wayne State University in Detroit (2014) and published widely on political parties, elections, referendums, populism and the radical right and economic competitiveness in the Baltic states. His book on The Comparative Government and Politics of the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st Century – was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. He is currently working on a monograph analyzing Nordic-Baltic integration and will be a Fulbright program Visiting Professor at the University of Washington-Seattle in fall 2023.

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