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Baltic Advocacy Day: RSVP for Panel Discussions

May 1, 2018

On May 3rd, under the lead of the American Latvian Association (ALA), the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) is helping to coordinate its first Baltic Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Baltic-American constituents from across the United States will be coming in on that day for the event.


Later in the afternoon, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, two panel discussions with top experts will be held in Room 2043 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Please join us to hear more about current updates on enforcing sanctions and fighting disinformation. You must RSVP to attend. 

JBANC (Joint Baltic American National Committee) Information Forum:
Prescriptions for the Information War and Sanctions Policy
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3-5 pm, Rayburn HOB 2043


Opening Remarks – Peteris Blumbergs, President, American Latvian Association 

First panel: Using Sanctions to Force Change - Development, Implementation, and Enforcement Challenges in the Current Climate


Amb. Ojars Kalnins, Latvian MP, Chair of Saeima's Foreign Affairs Committee
Rob Berschinski, Senior Vice President for Policy at Human Rights First
Kyle Parker, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Helsinki Commission
Moderator: Karl Altau, Managing Director, JBANC


Second panel: Hostile Influences at Home and Abroad: Fight State-Sponsored Disinformation


Vladimir Kara-Murza, Vice-Chairman of Open Russia
Vineta Mekone, Senior Expert, Operational Support Branch, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Latvia
Brian Whitmore, Senior Fellow, Director of Russia Program at CEPA and author of the Power Vertical blog
Moderator: Erik Lazdins, Political Director, American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA)

Closing Remarks - Mary B. Nippert, Honorary Consul of Estonia for Ohio and Kentucky


Please, RSVP until May 1 to



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