The EESC is pleased to announce that the security expert Edward Lucas is to join as a non-resident advisor. Lucas is a Senior Fellow at the US-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
“The advice and knowledge offered by such an experienced expert will serve the young team’s growth well,” EESC Director Linas Kojala said, “This is especially important now, when, in our fifteenth year, we are taking a large qualitative step forwards in our activities and expanding our circle of experts. We are proud that Mr Lucas has agreed to help us out.”
Lucas said: “I’m delighted to be asked to contribute to the EESC’s work. As the belated response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shows, Western countries have a lot to learn from the expertise of the Baltic states, whose alarm calls have proved more than prescient”.
He continued: “Since it rocked the Soviet Union with its declaration of restored independence in 1990, Lithuania has played an outsize role in world affairs. This rests not only on its political leaders, but also on the insights and expertise of academics and thinktankers”
As a foreign correspondent dealing with the region for more than 30 years, Lucas is well known in Lithuania for his coverage of the independence struggle. and for entering the country under visa 0001, for which he was later expelled from the Soviet Union by the KGB.
Lucas was a senior editor at the Economist newsweekly, and is the author of five books, including The New Cold War, published in 2008. Since 2010 he has been a non-resident fellow at CEPA, a bipartisan think-tank specialising in transatlantic affairs, where he leads a programme on Nordic-Baltic security and edits the weekly China Influence Monitor. He lives in London.
The Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) is a think-tank that has been operating since 2006 and focuses on analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them. The EESC implements large-scale national and international projects, strengthening the tradition of analytical centres in the region. In 2021, it is developing the Belarus, Eastern Partnership, Disinformation, China, US-Lithuanian Relations research programmes.