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Ambassador Series: Latvia

Date : Jul 31, 2018
Time : 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Place : Hemisphere Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC

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On July 31th, 2018, the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC hosted His Excellency Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of Latvia to the United States. Ambassador Teikmanis discussed the US – Latvia bi-lateral relationship, Latvia’s membership within the EU and NATO, and the influence of populism in Europe, among other topics in an event open to the general public and WAC-DC members located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The event commenced with remarks by WAC-DC Interim President, Dr. Matthew D. Shank, who discussed important historical events leading up to Latvia’s upcoming centenary. He then introduced Amb. Teikmanis. Anna Gawel, managing editor of the Washington Diplomat,served as the moderator.

Anna Gawel posed the first question about the upcoming Latvian centennial celebration and asked what this means to the Latvian people. Amb. Teikmanis emphasized how proud he is of his nation and its rich cultural history. Amb. Teikmanis mentioned that he was one of the signatories for the Latvian decleration of independence in 1990 which was one of his proudest moments in his career. 

Gawel also asked about the Baltic and Nordic states tensions with Russia and how their governments are combating Russian aggression. Amb. Teikamnis stated that he felt no fear and that the strong relations with the EU and precautions against cyber warfare were very important to Latvia. Amb. Teikamnis also showed little doubts in Article 5 of NATO and argued that the last Brussels summit actually made important decisions that showed strong affinity to Article 5. To close the event, Amb. Teikamnis took questions from the audience about Russian influence, personal goals as ambassador, and cultural awareness of Latvian culture in the US. 

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