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"What can the Baltics offer for a stronger NATO Alliance"

March 27th 2019, 15:00 - 19:00

Panel discussion on "What can the Baltics offer for a stronger Alliance" and reception

 

  • Panel discussion 15:00 - 17:00

  • Reception 17:00 - 19:00

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Room HVC 201, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

 

Honorary Co-host: House Baltic Caucus

Co-chairs Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. John Shimkus


Organizer: Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC)


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JBANC organized a panel discussion and reception on March 27, 2019, in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, that was co-hosted by the House Baltic Caucus and co-chairs Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and John Shimkus (R-IL). Congressman Schiff and Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik both gave remarks at the event. The Baltic Security Strategy Project released two reports on security and interoperability in the region and what the three nations can offer for a stronger NATO alliance. Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), who joined the House Baltic Caucus in 2018, was honored at the event for his role in supporting the Baltic countries. Special thanks to presenters Olevs Nikers, Otto Tabuns, Marcus Kolga, Dainis Butners, Roger W. Robinson, and Karin Shuey of the Estonian American National Council. The reports will be linked from the Jamestown Foundation website in the near future.

 

To read Rep.Adam Schiff's remarks, please see here.

 

Photos by Karin Shuey(EANC) and JBANC 

Rep. Adam Schiff’s Remarks As Prepared:

Thanks to Co-chair John Shimkus.

Thank you to the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) and its Director Karl Altau.

The House Baltic Caucus was established in 1997 to support the cultural, economic, political and security relationships between the United States and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

With 67 members the caucus reflects the continuing importance of the Baltic states to the interests of the United States.

During the past 20 years, members of the caucus have played an instrumental role introducing and supporting legislation affecting the region, including in 1996 supporting the integration of the Baltic States to NATO, and in 2004 welcoming them to the Alliance.

Since the inception of NATO its ability to deter aggression and to defend our borders has hinged upon each member’s resolve and commitment to mutual defense. The paradigm for warfare, however, has changed dramatically since the founding of the Alliance. The emerging complex threats posed by hybrid warfare and the evolving threats in conventional warfare present new challenges for the Alliance to face. Cyber defense is now arguably as essential as air defense, and along with the increasing complexity of asymmetric warfare increased coordination and cooperation among states with differing strengths and capabilities will only become more essential to maintaining a credible strategic deterrence.

While today’s discussion is focused on the Baltic States, many of the issues raised also reflect the new realities of defense and deterrence we face around the globe.

Thanks to the panelists for their valuable analysis of the security challenges faced by the Baltic States, and their recommendations on ways to strengthen joint capabilities to benefit the region and the NATO alliance.