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The BALTDEFCOL New Commandant Pays a Visit to Riga

The BALTDEFCOL New Commandant Pays a Visit to Riga

Posted: 2013-03-26 Category: EMPA news

The Commandant of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras paid a visit to Riga on 1 March. During his meeting with the Republic of Latvia Minister of Defence PhD Artis Pabriks and Latvian Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, Major General Vaikšnoras introduced his vision for the BALTDEFCOL development; the Latvian position on the progress of the BALTDEFCOL Higher Command Studies Course and the Civil Servants Course was also being discussed.

The rise of European Defence: From Option to Necessity

The rise of European Defence: From Option to Necessity

Posted: 2013-03-18 Category: EMPA news

During the last years of global economic crisis, the European Union has been hit the hardest. As a result, its formerly famous global “soft power” for what it received Nobel peace prize last year, is on the decline. Apart of economic challenges, in the forthcoming future the Europeans are going to face increasing security challenges arising from global shifts of power and new threats in Middle East, North Africa, and many other places. In the meantime, the United States are decreasing its presence on the European continent and increasingly demanding Europeans to take more responsibility in the defence spending of NATO where European share is only about 28% of total, remaining being the US contribution.

NATO 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) held in Riga, Latvia

NATO 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) held in Riga, Latvia

Posted: 2013-01-31 Category: EMPA news

The 2013 NATO Training Synchronisation Conference concluded on 24 January after 3 days of extensive discussions and collaboration. Nearly 180 participants from over 36 countries with representatives from the NATO Command structures, the NATO Member States and the Alliance Partner States had gathered for the event in Riga, Latvia.

Global Security and Defence Environment in the 21st Century.

Global Security and Defence Environment in the 21st Century.

Posted: 2012-11-28 Category: EMPA article awards

Global Security and Defence Environment in the 21st Century. Is Constitution of Latvia an Effective Legal Tool to Counter Security Challenges and Threats?

 

 

The article was published in November 2012 by Latvian Academy of 

Sciences within proceedings and scientific articles of the international 

conference- Democracy and Development, held in Riga, Latvia in April 

27-28, 2012.

The Baltic States’ Air Policing – a Change of Command and  the Future of the Mission

The Baltic States’ Air Policing – a Change of Command and the Future of the Mission

Posted: 2012-09-10 Category: EMPA news

NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltics was launched in 2004 after Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined NATO. Since then air force fighters from 14 countries have performed air policing. There are countries that have fulfilled this mission only once but others, like Germany, have fulfilled the mission already five times. Poland has participated in this mission four times, the United States, France and Denmark three times, Belgium, Norway and the Czech Republic twice. Air policing mission has experienced a number of extensions, the latest being at NATO Chicago Summit this summer where it was extended for indefinite period of time which surely should be regarded as an excellent result of the three Baltic States’ diplomatic performance and cooperation.

Chaplaincy service in Latvia

Chaplaincy service in Latvia

Posted: 2012-09-04 Category: EMPA news

The Most Reverend Archbishop Zbig­ņevs Stan­ke­vičs of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Riga visited the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Ādaži base and Chapel; he met with Latvian Chief of Defence (CHOD) Major General Raimonds Graube, LNAF Chief of Chaplains Elmārs Pļaviņš, base units’ commanders and chaplains. During our interview we discussed the life and values, and the chaplains’ role in our armed forces.

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee visits Latvia

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee visits Latvia

Posted: 2012-07-01 Category: EMPA news

On Thursday, 28 June General Knud Bartels, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, starts his two-day working visit to Latvia. General Bartels will visit the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Ādaži Military Base where he will participate in an award ceremony recognising several Latvian and Norwegian soldiers that have participated in a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan; later he will visit the School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

OSCE Annual Security Review Conference to be held in Vienna

OSCE Annual Security Review Conference to be held in Vienna

Posted: 2012-06-28 Category: EMPA news

The OSCE Annual Security Review Conference is held from 26 June to 28 June in Vienna, Austria. The conference session on conventional arms control and confidence- and security-building measures will be moderated by the Republic of Latvia Ministry of Defence State Secretary Jānis Sārts. 

SIWC CHANGE OVER OF PRESIDENCY 2012

SIWC CHANGE OVER OF PRESIDENCY 2012

Posted: 2012-06-16 Category: EMPA news

How quickly time flies and it seems no time at all since Zornitsa  (Zori) was taking over as President of the SHAPE International Women’s Club, but the time came on Tuesday 22nd May for her to hand over to her successor.