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JBANC's 13th Baltic Conference and the 2019 Awards Gala hosted by EANC - November 8-9, 2019

October 15, 2019




The Joint Baltic American National Committee and the Estonian American National Council welcome you to Washington, DC for JBANC's 13th Baltic Conference and the 2019 Awards Gala hosted by the EANC

November 8 - 9, 2019
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel 
2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008  



Registration and ticket information on Eventbrite

Please click here for printable versions of the event description and the registration form. We look forward to seeing you in November!


PLEASE NOTE: registration deadline is Nov. 4.




Friday, November 8, 2019


RSVP link

9:00-10:00 AM --- Registration, Baltic Advocacy Day (United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave, N.E.) 

10:00-11:00 AM --- Baltic Advocacy Day Briefing (United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave N.E.)
11:00 AM-5:00 PM --- Baltic Advocacy Day: Meetings in Congress
6:00 - 8:00 PM --- Evening Reception (Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street, S.E.)


Saturday, November 9, 2019


Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC 20018


8:00 - 9:00  Registration and coffee

9:00 - 9:20  Welcome by JBANC President Saulius Kuprys; Remarks by Ambassador of Estonia Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of Latvia Māris Selga, Ambassador of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas.


9:20-09:45 Opening Address by H.E. Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia; introduced by Marju Rink-Abel, President, EANC.


9:45 – 10:10 Morning Keynote

Dr. Michael Carpenter, Managing Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement; introduced by Erik Lazdins, ALA.


10:15 - 11:00 PANEL 1 - One after 100: Perspectives of U.S.-Baltic organizations

Panelists: Marju Rink-Abel, President of EANC; Saulius Kuprys, President of LAC; Dzintars Dzilna, Director of Public Relations, ALA. Moderator: Karin Shuey, EANC.


11.00-11.10 - Break


11:10 - 12:30 PANEL 2 - NATO, Threats, and the Baltic Neighborhood

Panelists: Paul Goble, analyst, writer and columnist, Windows on Eurasia; Eerik-Niiles Kross, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament; JJ Green, National Security Correspondent at WTOP Washington. Moderator: Jaak Treiman, Estonian Honorary Consul in Los Angeles.


12:30 - 2:00 Luncheon Keynote Address

Dr. Andres Kasekamp, Professor, Dept. of History, Chair of Estonian Studies and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; introduced by Karl Altau, JBANC.


2:00 - 3:15 PANEL 3 - Baltic elections: Lessons learned and looking ahead to 2020

Panelists: Anna Ūdre, freelance journalist and Latvia StratCom Contributor at the Center for European Policy Analysis; Karoline Kelder, Strategic communication adviser, Government Office of Estonia; Dovile Sukyte, Policy Analyst (non-resident), Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Lithuania. Moderator: Eduards Ozoliņš, JBANC.


3:15-3:30 - Break


3:30 – 4:45 PANEL 4 - Media Matters and Disinfo Wars

Panelists: Brian Whitmore, CEPA, host of Power Vertical Podcast; Nathalie Vogel, Senior Fellow, European Values Centre for Security Policy, Prague; Maria Belovas, Spokesperson, Delegation of EU to the U.S. Moderator: Karl Altau, JBANC.


6:00 PM - Reception at Hotel

7:00 PM - Awards Gala


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