Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them


Review Mar 28, 2024
eFP in Focus: NATO’s Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in the Baltic States

On its 75th anniversary, NATO has seized the opportunity to update its policy on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), a commitment that was made during the Vilnius Summit in 2023. A greater focus on deterrence and collective defence is a necessary update as the last iteration of the policy, released in 2018, did not fully articulate how WPS principles would be integrated into this core NATO task.

Stéfanie von Hlatky
Bulletin Mar 15, 2024
From Ukraine to North Africa: how are the threats to NATO’s eastern and southern flank similar and different?

Threats to the southern flank do not represent such a direct, military, and imminent threat to NATO as Russia does on the Eastern flank, but they do endanger the security of NATO member states and regional partners as recognized in NATO’s Strategic Concept adopted in Madrid in 2022. Despite that recognition and the Alliance’s desire to pay equal attention to every threat in its 360° strategy, the eastern flank deserves much more attention in NATO’s planning than the southern flank.

Luis Simon Félix Arteaga
Research Mar 07, 2024
EU reforms in view of enlargement and economic security: towards an integrated approach to european self-transformation

Irrespective of the outcome of the European elections in June, the new political cycle for 2024-2029 will present the EU with a set of acute yet long-term challenges: Russia's war against Ukraine and its broader confrontation with the West, systemic competition between China and the US, the growing fragmentation of the global economy, accelerating climate change, and the technological transformation. The decisions made by the new EU leadership may thus have consequences for the next several decades of European and Lithuanian security, prosperity, and development.

Justinas Mickus
Bulletin Mar 04, 2024
The Unchanging Core: Russian Military Culture Examined through the Ukrainian War

As we mark 600 days in the midst of conflict and closely examine the behaviour of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, a critical juncture is upon us. The time has arrived to delve into the depths of Russia’s reform and modernization endeavours. In this unfolding narrative, we aim to unveil the essence of ‘Ivan’s War’ on Ukrainian soil. This inquiry poses compelling questions: can we truly decipher the unique contours of their military culture and, consequently, discern a distinct Russian way of war?

Joris Van Bladel
Research Jan 26, 2024
Index of Russia’s Influence on Lithuania 2022–2023

The Index of Russia's Influence on Lithuania is the first of its kind to comprehensively assess Russia's influence on Lithuania and to identify areas where Russia's influence may still pose a risk and threat. A periodic fact-check would allow monitoring of the evolving factual situation and help to highlight the most sensitive areas.

Tomas Janeliūnas
Research Feb 21, 2024
Classic Cleavages in a New Light: Chinese Informational Influence in the Baltics

Institutions and organizations researching and monitoring the informational policies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are observing a dramatic increase and expansion in the regime’s efforts to shape and influence the global information space.

Simona Merkinaitė Konstantinas Andrijauskas Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova Tomas Jermalavičius Dmitri Teperik
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NATO 2023

Events Jul 11, 2023
NATO Public Forum

The NATO Public Forum was co-organised by NATO, the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Munich Security Conference, kicked off today.

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Video recording Dec 14, 2023
The 9th Annual EESC Conference on Lithuanian Foreign Policy, Commemorating Stasys Lozoraitis

On 12 December, the EESC, together with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, organised the 9th Annual EESC Conference on Lithuanian Foreign Policy, Commemorating Stasys Lozoraitis. The conference took place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius and covered Ukraine’s struggle for its freedom, the role of artificial intelligence in international relations, Germany’s role in Lithuania and Europe’s security infrastructure, and the upcoming NATO Summit in Washington DC.

Research programmes of the Eastern Europe Studies Centre

The aim of the research programmes is to analyse the most important processes in international politics, security and economics, to understand their impact on Lithuania, to make recommendations to decision-makers and to inform the general public. The content of the programmes includes the preparation of analytical studies and publications, the organisation of conferences, and the production of visual material. Analytical work is carried out by leading Lithuanian and foreign experts.