U.S.-Nordic-Baltic Cooperation: Shaping the U.S.-European Agenda

Friday, May 4, 2012


The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Kenney Auditorium

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


8:30 am                        Registration and welcome coffee


9:00–9:15                      Welcome and Opening remarks


Kurt Volker,
Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations


Pontus Melander,
Minister Counselor, Embassy of Sweden


9:15                              Keynote Addresses: Europe Whole and Free—An Unfinished Business


Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Professor, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland


   Transatlantic agenda on Russia


Linas Linkevičius,
Ambassador-at-Large, Office of the Prime Minister of Lithuania former Minister of Defense of Lithuania


10:00                                        Coffee Break


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion:  Russia and the East


David Kramer,
President, Freedom House


Urban Ahlin,
MP, Deputy chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Swedish Parliament


Kadri Liik,

Senior Researcher, International Center for Defense Studies of Estonia


Moderator: Damon Wilson, Vice President, The Atlantic Council




12:00 –1:30                Buffet Luncheon


Julie Smith,
Deputy National Security Advisor in the Office of the Vice President


1:30– 2:30                  Panel Discussion: Embedding and Integration


                                                Jānis Sārts,

State Secretary, Ministry of Defense of Latvia


Daniel P. Fata,

Vice President, The Cohen Group


Mike Winnerstig,

Swedish Defense Research Agency


               Moderator: Kurt Volker,

Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations


2:303:45                  Panel Discussion: Energy Security


Matthew Bryza,

Director of the International Center for Defense Studies in Tallinn,
Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council


Andris Sprūds,

Latvian Institute of International Affairs


Arūnas Molis,

Energy Security Center under Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


               Moderator: Robert Nurick,

Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council


3:45                           Concluding Remarks


Kurt Volker,

Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations


5:00–7:30                  Buffet Reception            Hosted by Embassy of Lithuania


1622 16th Street, NW,

Washington DC 20009

(Directions on registration table)



James Townsend,

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy,
U.S. Department of Defense




The conference is organized with kind support of the Foreign Ministry of Sweden and Latvian and Lithuanian Embassies in the U.S.