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Events Dec 12, 2023

The 9th Annual EESC Conference on Lithuanian Foreign Policy, Commemorating Stasys Lozoraitis

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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.

As we look forward to next year’s conference, which is due to be our 10th, we would like to thank this year’s speakers, moderators and guests!

Conference recording


  • 10:30 – 11:00 Registration for the Conference
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Welcome Remarks
    • Linas Kojala, Director of the Eastern Europe Studies Centre
    • Oliver Morwinsky, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in the Baltic States
    • Ingrida Laurinavičienė, Coordinator for Lithuania at the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation
  • 11:15 – 12:00 The Long Struggle: Ukraine’s Pathway Forward
    • Michael Kofman, Senior Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    • Ashley Rhoades, Defense Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation

Moderated by Adam Roževič, Policy Analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre

  • 12:00 – 12:30 AI Futures: Competing for Global Tech Leadership
    • PJ Maykish, Senior Advisor at the Special Competitive Studies Project

Moderated by Goda Raibytė-Aleksa, Science Educator and Author

  • 12:30 – 13:15 Germany’s Role in Lithuania and in the European Security Architecture
    • Kęstutis Budrys, Chief National Security Adviser to the President of Lithuania
    • Rüdiger Zettel, Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) / Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Germany to Lithuania
    • Margarita Šešelgytė, Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University

Moderated by Justinas Kulys, Project Manager at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre

  • 13:15 – 13:45 Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: Key Priorities for the NATO Summit in Washington
    • Peter Rough, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Europe and Eurasia at the Hudson Institute
    • Tony Lawrence, Head of Defence Policy & Strategy Programme at the International Centre for Defence and Security

Moderated by Tomas Janeliūnas, Chief Research Programme Officer at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre.