Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them
Review Jul 16, 2024
China review 2024-2. The geopolitical puzzle of the South China Sea. Does China’s ambitions are facing regional resistance?
Raigirdas Boruta

The developments in the South China Sea have recently received more media attention than ever before. The region’s contested nature is not new: territorial claims by various countries have frequently placed it at the centre of disputes (e.g., in the first half of the 20th century, France formally declared that the Paracel and Spratly Islands belonged to the French Union).

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Bulletin May 28, 2024
“Traitors” and the split in the Russian opposition

The three-part documentary series "Traitors", produced by Aleksey Navalny's associate Maria Pevchikh, was released on 16 April, 23 April and 1 May this year. According to Pevchikh, it is a screening of Navalny's manifesto published last year, which embodies the thoughts of the oppositionist who was killed in prison.

Vladimiras Laučius
Review May 10, 2024
Lessons of War: Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure Damage, Resilience and Future Opportunities

After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, energy security became a particularly sensitive issue for Europe and seeking ways to abandon Russian energy resources became a priority. Events such as the bombing of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in September 2022 continued to increase attention to this topic in Europe. Such actions in times of war especially attract the attention of Western governments and associations.

Saulius Rimutis
Review May 08, 2024
Two years of war in the eyes of Ukrainian experts

Two years into the Russian full-scale war against Ukraine and 10 years after the occupation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas, it is important to keep following the opinions of Ukrainian experts. This paper provides an overview of gathered written, spoken, or just empirically observable opinions among Ukrainian professionals, of how they perceive the current vector of the war, international and domestic Ukrainian politics.

Olena Pankevych
Bulletin Apr 26, 2024
NATO’s Plans to Arm Ukraine

Russian attacks and advances in Ukraine make it increasingly uncomfortable for NATO to stand passively on the sideline. NATO remains unlikely to take steps toward Ukraine’s accession but is now considering taking over the coordination of weapons supplies and training and creating a dedicated fund to sustain them long-term.

Henrik Larsen
Review Apr 10, 2024
China review 2024-1. Elections in Taiwan. China‘s Reaction and Upcoming Challenges

The presidential and parliamentary (Legislative Yuan, 立法院) elections of the Republic of China (Taiwan) took place on 13 January without any major intrigue. Out of three candidates, Lai Ching-te (賴清德), the vice-president of outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), was elected President of Taiwan.

Raigirdas Boruta
Review Apr 08, 2024
Fortifying Democracies: Lithuania’s Comprehensive Approach to Counter Disinformation and Propaganda

Lithuania is internationally recognised as a frontrunner in combating Russian information attacks. This is due to the country’s extensive experience of navigating complex relations with Russia – an authoritarian neighbour known for leveraging propaganda and disinformation to achieve its political objectives. The evolution of the sophisticated countermeasures in Lithuania is therefore informed by a history of direct engagement and the necessity to create innovative and effective response strategies.

Nerijus Maliukevičius
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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.